• Review: E. Nesbit's Beautiful From Shakespeare 1

    Review: E. Nesbit’s Beautiful From Shakespeare

    To read, or not to read, that is the question… I have noticed that there is some controversy about E. Nesbit’s [popup_anything id=”2337″]. There seems to be two popular opinions.  It is  one of the greatest retelling of Shakespeare’s plays ever written! When she wrote it, Edith Nesbit left out too much of the original play. It seems that people are either all for it, or not for it at all. E. Nesbit always felt that children should be introduced to Shakespeare in an easier and more enjoyable way. She thoughtfully included a glossary of difficult names in the plays and a guide on how…

  • Review of The Willoughbys: The Reason I Find This Book So Repulsive 7

    Review of The Willoughbys: The Reason I Find This Book So Repulsive

    Initial thoughts I have recently read a book called The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry. It was an equally entertaining and yet perhaps more importantly, disturbing read. I have read some of Lois Lowry’s other books such as Number the Stars and Autumn Street. I thoroughly enjoyed them both, but I had very mixed feelings about The Willoughbys. I know many of you aren’t going to agree with my thoughts on this particular book, however if you are interested in my opinion, read on. About the book Quickly, before we move on, here is a quick little bit about the book in case you haven’t yet read it. In the beginning…

  • Wolf Hollow: Book Review 11

    Wolf Hollow: Book Review

    Book review: “The year I turned twelve, I learned how to lie.     I don’t mean the small fibs that children tell. I mean real lies fed by real fears — things I said and did that took me out of the life I’d always known and put me down hard into a new one.     It was the autumn of 1943 when my steady life began to spin, not only because of the war that had drawn the whole world into a screaming brawl, but also because of the dark-hearted girl who came to our hills and changed everything.” – [popup_anything id=”1810″] Growing…

  • Beyond the Bright Sea Review 14

    Beyond the Bright Sea Review

    Beyond the Bright Sea was amazing! “My name is Crow.     When I was a baby, someone tucked me into an old boat and pushed me out to sea.     I washed up on a tiny island, like a seed riding the tide.     It was Osh who found me and took me in. Who taught me how to put down roots, and thrive on both the sun and rain, and understand what it is to bloom.” [popup_anything id=”1809″] [popup_anything id=”1809″]by Lauren Wolk (author of [popup_anything id=”1810″]) was an amazing book! Once I started reading it, I found it difficult to put it…

  • Brambleheart Review: An Adventurous Tale of Friendship 18

    Brambleheart Review: An Adventurous Tale of Friendship

    Brambleheart by Henry Cole I just recently finished reading Brambleheart by Henry Cole. This was such cute little read! I enjoyed reading it immensely. The other day everyone was outside working in the yard, and the two year old was getting hungry and tired which made her grumpy, so I decided to stop working and take her for a cuddle on the deck. Instead of just sitting there, I went and grabbed a book to read, which just so happened to be Brambleheart. I started reading the book aloud to her fully expecting her to pull the book out of my hands after two minutes and throw it…

  • Review: Ballet Shoes 24

    Review: Ballet Shoes

    Don’t Wait to read Ballet Shoes I just finished reading Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield. It has been on my reading list for a very long time now. I received the book for Christmas and was very excited to start reading it, but as you may have noticed based on my blog posts between Christmas and now, I read a whole bunch of other books before finally reading this one. I was not disappointed in Ballet Shoes. I was afraid I might be, because when you look forward to reading a certain book for so long, then you raise you expectations for it, and then end…

  • Review: Crenshaw

    Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate Crenshaw is by Katherine Applegate, the author of The One and Only Ivan among other books. This one features Jackson and his family who are going through tough times financially. There is no money to pay the rent, hardly any money for food. Jackson, his little sister, his parents, and their dog may have to live in their minivan…again. Just when things are getting really rough, Jackson notices a cat. An abnormally large, outspoken cat. It’s Crenshaw, Jackson’s imaginary friend from first grade. Jackson will be going into fifth grade in the fall, and he believes he is way too old…