Tuesday, March 2, 2021

An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn


They are putting an exhibit together for the queen.  It's to honor a woman mountain climber.  It's going well until Stoker shows  Veronica where the rope was broken.  It was not a simple break, it was cut by a knife.

Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.

Veronica immediately wants to solve this murder.  Stoker tries to talk her out of it because they are working with royals.  She's bound and determined to find the truth but she won't advertise it.

Veronica is an illegitimate relative of the Royal Family.  When the princess goes missing, she is asked to fill in.  She does this twice and manages to carry it off.  The princess does this regularly so no one worries about her.  Veronica is watching how the family behave to see if she might find the killer.  She and Stokes argue but she doesn't give up.

The words flow in this book and Victoria pieces together a theory.  She was right but with a gun in the killer's hand it's not going to be easy to defend themselves...

The killer surprised me.  There was an illicit romance going on and this was a way to stop it.

This series is always a good read and there's tension and drama in all of them.  I recommend this series.  It gets better each book.

Monday, March 1, 2021

The Power of Yet by Maryann Cocca-Leffler


This book shows your young one that even if you can't do it yet, with time, growing, and practicing you will get to yet.

Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.

This encourages children not to give up.  They may make mistakes; that's all part of learning.  And maybe someone could work with them so they learn how quicker.

The little pig is sorry he can't do everything but he continues trying and at the end he's mastered one task.  

Sometimes it's easier for the book to demonstrate what to do rather than have a parent do it.  This one is perfect for that.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

A Year of Everyday Wonders by Cheryl B Klein


This is a good way to look at things.  At the start of the new year, everything is a first.  Qin Leng is the illustrator and her graphics are lovely.

Abrams Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.

All year long is a season of firsts and that makes it fun.  The thing that really related to me was her fights with her brother.  I had a little brother that loved to antagonize me.  This girl has problems with hers, too!

This would be a good game you and your children could play.  How many things have you done for the first time this year?

Saturday, February 27, 2021

The 2nd Best Haunted Hotel on Mercer St. by Cory Putman Oakes


The Ivan Hotel has been there for ages and the same family owns it.  They have several ghosts as staff.  Some are relatives.  But another haunted hotel has moved in...

Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.

The ghosts are all a little bit quirky.  You never know when they will start to fade and move on.

Then they find out that a reviewer is coming around to visit both hotels and rate them.  The Ivan crew decides to put on a murder mystery dinner.

The food is not without it's problems, the truancy cop finds the people he was looking for are at the dinner, and things go downhill from there.  When the reviewer loses his wig, one of the girls recognizes him.  He looks just like the manager next door.

Come to find out, the reviews are really useless because the other hotel is using the brother to judge them and he only gives the #1 award to his own brother.  They've also managed to get control of the food emporium so they are assured of winning. 

The girls find evidence proving that and turn it in to the cops.  Soon their hotel is the one that is most famous.

There is a lot of action, plenty of bits of oddness, and plenty of ghosts.  It's a fun read.

Friday, February 26, 2021

A Pig in the Palace by Ali Bahrampour


He's home rolling in the mud when the postman shoves an envelope under the door.  What could that be?

Abrams Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you van get a copy now.

It's an invite to eat with the queen.  He has fleas and isn't all cleaned up but he goes to bed with the intention of doing it in the morning.  He only awakens when the car arrives to take him to the palace.  Oh well...

This reminds me a bit of our family dinners we had when I was a kid.  We'd have thirty-three people at the table.

When he gets to the palace he finds he's the only one who doesn't have clothes.  He tries to take a small tablecloth but he dumps the flowers and makes a mess.  The longer he's there, the bigger the messes are.  They are trying to throw him out when the queen arrives.  You won't believe her response!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Milo's Christmas Parade by Jennie Palmer


Milo loves the Christmas parade.  He attends every year so he can see all the new wonders.  His family comes too, but all they are interested in is the food people have dropped.

Abrams Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.

Milo decides to create his own float so he can join the parade.  It's not going as smoothly as he would like, so his family joins in.  They might not be impressed by the parade, but they love Milo and help him achieve his dream.

He gets in the parade at the very back but a big balloon knocks him out of place.  They all band together and rush to catch up.  Miles is asked if he will take a passenger.  He says yes.   This passenger makes his float even more important.  Miles has lived his dream.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Thanks a Ton! Sabrina Moyle, Eunice Moyle



This is sweet picture book where the little elephant wants to say thank to his friends but words just don't do it...

Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.

He starts by sending gifts.  The gifts get bigger and bigger each time.  Soon his wagon is overflowing.  You'll be amazed by all treats he comes up with.

This is a good read for the younger set.  Just hope they don't ask you for one of those gifts!