Saturday, June 16, 2012

Big Girls Go Potty and Big Boys Go Potty- Review

 Big Girls Go Potty

Big Girls Go Potty by Marianne Richmond
 Ages 1 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky 
Published: April 1, 2012

 Summary from Goodreads:

Marianne Richmond's charming prose and cheerful illustrations bring a familiar look to the potty training experience. A warm, reassuring story showing your little one just how successful she'll be at going potty, Big Girls Go Potty features Marianne's trademark nuanced emotions and strong connection and offers a poignant teaching experience. Sure to become a favorite practical book with fans who adore Marianne's artwork and insightful prose, this book speaks directly to the little one, giving her an extra hug and big smile.

I read this book with my 2 year old and let me tell you she loved it . she takes Big Girls Go Potty, with her every time she goes to the bathroom ( we are in the middle of potty training so let me tell you this book came at the right time).  This book follows a little girl named Emma and her stuffed animal named Bear , as Emma is learning to use a big girl potty. The book was easy for my daughter to follow and very straight forward . You learn that Emma got to pick out big girl panties , and that when she goes to the potty like a big girl she gets stickers. My daughter loved the sticker part because we are using the same thing to reward her as well. I was really glad when it was explained that accidents happen and are a part of potty training . It was also wonderful to see that Emma's parents were proud of her as well in the end when she learned to go like a big girl. 

If you have a little boy that needs help with Potty training never fear .. Marianne Richmond has also put a book out for boys called Big Boys Go Potty 

Big Boys Go PottyReview:
Big Boys Go Potty follows a little boy named Daniel and his stuffed animal Lion. Like Emma ,Daniel   gets big boy undies and stickers for going to the bathroom . Daniel also learns that accidents sometimes happen and that you just have to keep trying . Through determination Daniel in the end learns to use the potty and his parents are so proud of him for being a big boy.

Both of these books I would highly recommend for any child who is learning to potty train . It was a wonderful addition for us. the illustrations were quite wonderful and straight forward, easy for any child to follow.

This review can be found on Netgalley, Amazon, Goodreads, FB,and the blog.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Follow Friday

                             Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison can Read


Today's Father's Day inspired Question is.....

 Who is your favorite dad character in a book and why?

My Choice would be Luke Garroway or Lucian Graymark  for the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Though Luke is not Clary's real father he is her father figure and I love how he steps into the role .Luke has strong leadership skills...helloooo leader of a pack of werewolves.  He would do anything for Clary and is a better father than of course her read dad .. after all her real days is evil .


So share share who would you pick?

5 Floptastic Finds

5 Floptastic Finds

Floptastic Finds are books that you have either heard wonderful things about , everyone loved that book , or you were so excited to read a certain book only to find out that it was not Fantastic .. it was a Flop

If I Tell        This book was a flop for me because honestly it was more about racial and biracial ties that the actual secret that was being kept . Half the time I wanted to slap the main character and tell her to get a grip on herself.  This could have been a great story but like I said the issues were not interrogated well and took over the secret part of the book.
If I Tell

 The Way We Fall (Fallen World, #1) Another book that could have been great , I wanted to like this book but when you through in random issues , you ruin if for me. In this case the brother was homosexual , fine , great wonderful for him but don't make it seem like a random after thought. :( all in all this book for me was forgettable ..but to be honest I will check out the next book in series in hopes the author can pull me in. I believe in second chances.
The Way We Fall

Struck Romance , Romance , Romance .. where art thou Romance?  Great idea , a bit of a flop on the follow though. This book just felt lacking for me , like it was missing something. maybe to much focus on just the religion factor and not enough filler in other parts? don't know it was just a dislike for me. 

 The Book of Blood and Shadow I can honestly say I did not finish this book. It sounded like a great book, murder, romance , intrigue all of that would have been great if it hadn't felt like I was reading a history book. Don't get me wrong I know that this book needed some of the history after  all they were deciphering out texts and letters but it needed a better balance.  I hardly ever not finish a book but this one just bored me ..sorry.
The Book of Blood and Shadows

 Endure (Need, #4)I am so very sorry to see this book on my list. I nagged and nagged on NetGalley to get this book ( so I will be reviewing it in full later) , and I loved the rest of the series, which is why I was so upset at this book not being great like I expected it to be. The love triangle was lacking , all the other books built it up and then if fell short in this one. I mean come on give me some romance for crying out loud . I love how author Carrie Jones intertwines lore and myth but in this book I felt like I was watching a rerun of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in fast forward. I will say though to end on a happy note .. this book had some great quotable moments.

I will end this Floptastic Finds with say.. don't just take my opinion and never check out these books for what you may like is different than what I like. Always enter reading with an open mind and find out if the book is for you or not .

Feel free to let me know your thoughts ...did you like any of these books did some of them flop for you too? .. Share Share

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Book Craftiness

I realize you can't fully read the quotes so I will provide a list but it's all book related quotes..sure wish the picture had turned out better :(   I did it with a permanent marker and tracing the words on there . i'm kind of digging it :)

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one
page.” – St. Augustine

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so
beautifully furnishes a house. 
~Henry Ward Beecher

No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books. 
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A house without books is like a room without windows.  ~Heinrich Mann

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."
— Emilie Buchwald

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love
of books is the best of all." — Jacqueline Kennedy

Share with me some of your favorite book quotes :)

Digital Editions

 Are You Sleeping Little One?  Where's the Nearest Day Spa?: Renewing the Anxious Heart  The Assassin's CursePainted Blind 

A Soldier's Secret: The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero        Blink Once    Coming Home: A Story of Unending Love and Eternal Promise    Spark (Elemental, #2)

 League of Strays  The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test, #2.5)    Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)   Wish You Were Here: A Novel 

                                      The Unquiet  The Black Isle

  Are You Sleeping Little One ? by Hans-Christian Schmidt and Cynthia Vance
Where's the Nearest Day Spa?  by Emily Smith
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Painted Blind by Michelle A Hansen
A Soldier's Secret by Marissa Moss
Blink Once by Cylin Busby
Coming Home by Karen Kingsbury
Spark by Brigid Kemmerer
League of Strays by L.B. Schulman
The Goddess Legacy by Amiee Carter
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Wish You Were Here by Beth K Vogt
The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee
The Black Isle by Sandi Tan

Big Thanks to Netgalley for all these wonderful titles

i also linked in to Totally Bookalicious-On My Kindle .. go check her site out

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
 ( mine are not always random sometimes it's just teasers I found so very funny that I had to share)
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"Have you ever kissed anybody?" he asked, and took a sip. I smirked. " There aren't a whole lot of opportunities in the digital world. I did practice on my hand once. It didn't do anything for me." - page 208 Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky.

 "He stared past me. His arms were so large and lumpy with muscle, he appeared to have babies stuffed up his sleeves. The Dealer probably gave him a discount on steroids." -95 struck by Jennifer Bosworth

That is my weeks teasers .. please share  yours .. Tease me a bit this week :)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Library Madness

Library Madness: sorry the picture looks a little wonky

This weeks madness is :

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore ( can't tell you how flipping excited I am to read this book )
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
The Taker by Alma Katsu ( not a fan of this cover)
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw

I also got Taken by Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes this week but have already finished it and returned it . Loved it .

So those are my Library finds for this week... did you go a little Mad at the Library? ... Please share

Friday, June 8, 2012

Follow Friday

Follow Friday hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

This weeks follow question is .... more of a feature a fellow blogger of our own .. so I chose my friend Kary over at the Once and Future Librarian. the neat thing about Kary and I are we live in the same town and are friends , we share books  , we hang out .. it's fun to have a blogger friend so close. I asked some of the featured questions and added a few of my own .. to give you a chance to know the Once and Future Librarian

1. When did you start blogging?
I actually first started blogging in 2008 with a couponing blog! I also kept a family blog. My first book blog post was in August 2010. I started a project that I called The Newbery Project. I planned to read every Newbery Honor and Medal winning book (all 350 plus) and decided to blog about it. This sprouted into a full- fledged love of reviewing and blogging and I started The Once and Future Librarian blog in May of 2011.
2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?
I love being able to discuss my favorite subject with people who are just as passionate about it as I am! My husband is not a reader, so he can only take so much of my book blathering, and not many of my friends are as into books as I am. I am very blessed to have my fellow blogger, Tristen of Totally Booked Solid, as my Real Life Friend, who lives within just a few miles of me – so we can get together to trade books, meet up to talk books, and IM on facebook pretty much every single day. Without her, I would probably drive my husband insane, lol!
3. What is your favorite book(s)?
You might as well ask my favorite child! I guess one of my all time favorites would have to be The Hunger Games trilogy. When I was a kid, my favorites included the Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary and all Judy Blume books (but there were SO many others….) I also really, really love anything by Ellen Hopkins. I’ve read every single one of her books.
4. What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?

Well, I always get that little thrill whenever I get an email from an author or publisher asking me to review their books. And an even bigger thrill when I get a book in the mail! And an even BIGGER one when it is signed or personalized! It’s just really neat to connect and communicate with authors and others in the industry. I love feeling like I’m a part of it, even if it is a very small part.
6. What blog posts are you most proud of?
Hmmm, that’s hard. I guess, one would be my first author interview. It was with Victoria Foyt, author of Revealing Eden:
7. What do you like to do outside of blogging and reading?
I like to spend time with my family: my husband and my kids, ages 14, 11, and 9. They keep me pretty busy. I like to plan activities for us to do together. I also like couponing and organizing – sounds exciting, huh? I’m also a full time college student, so I really don’t have much time for hobbies…

Fave Drink: sweet tea, and now that summer is here – SHAVED ICE!!!! My fave flavors have watermelon in the mix: melon/blueberry, melon/strawberry, melon/bubblegum, etc.
Fave Color: pink
Fave Place to Read: theoretically, it would be in a comfy lounge chair outside in the shade on a 70 degree day…or in an overstuffed armchair in a quiet corner of a bookstore…but realistically, it is my recliner.
3 Things Besides Books That You Are Addicted To: snow cones, like I said before, I have to have them a few times a week!!, facebook – I don’t know why, but I HAVE to check it constantly, and salt and vinegar chips – ooooh, I love that mouth puckering flavor!
If you were stuck on an island what are the three things you would want the most to have: definitely a nice stash of reading material, a nice stash of Ambien (because I do not sleep well in strange places), and….a lounge chair?
Well that is my wonder book friend Kary .. be sure to head over to her site .. she has a giveaway going on right now for a wonderful little book for girls called Here's Lily .  be sure to hit us both up for a follow if you haven't already.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Perfect Pet for Peyton

 A Perfect Pet for Peyton: A 5 Love Languages Discovery Book  

Summary from Goodreads:
This wonderfully imaginative children's hardcover book by bestselling authors Gary Chapman and Rick Osborne, featuring four-color illustrations (with hidden details!) by Wilson Williams, Jr., will help children learn the importance of love. Based on Gary's highly successful The 5 Love Languages®, A Perfect Pet for Peyton tells an entertaining and playful story of five children who each, with the help of Mr. Chapman and the unique pets at his special emporium, discover their own personal love language. Children and parents alike will experience firsthand the power of the love languages as they cuddle up and spend precious time together reading this book over and over again.

The cast of child characters in this whimsical story include: 

Peyton, one of the birthday celebrants, loves to help others, and appreciates it when others do little things for him.
Penny, Peyton's twin sister, who receives love best when others spend quality time with her.

Jayla, one of Penny's close friends, is always saying nice things about people. Her love language is words of affirmation.

Kevin, one of Peyton's close friends, enjoys giving things to people.

Sofia loves to pet the animals, and to show her love for others with special hugs.

I thought this book was absolutely wonderful . The story follows a set of twins , Penny and Peyton as they celebrate their birthday with friends, an a pet emporium. Through the story you learn about each of the kids and what there special love language is . I found it absolutely delightful that a love language had been created in such a fun way for younger children . As I mentioned before the story itself was wonderful , but the book did not just stop at the story . Each page had a little something more for the child to interact with . Every page there was a hidden insect to be found and on other pages there were animals to find and name . If the story and the interactions were not enough, at the back of the book one could find a quiz so the reader can learn what their special love language is.

I would highly recommend this book to children . It was such a neat way to show how each child is different and wonderful in a special way. .

* I received this book from Moody Publishing in exchange for my honest review.. no other compensation was given.

This review can be found on FB, the blog, Goodreads, Amazon , Barnes and Noble, and on the Moody Publisher review site.

Booking Through Thursday

                                                       Booking Through Thursday hosted by Deb

This weeks question is : Favorite secondary characters? (Note the plural)

I would have to say two of my  secondary characters would have to be Lake and Dev from the Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
Lake is such a sarcastic, pool playing, gun toting gal, and a loyal friend . I love how she names her weapons. 
Dev is a loyal friend as well whose humor shines through no matter the situation. He is always there for Bryn and is her right hand man in any fight . 

So those are my picks for the week . What about you ? who are your Secondary Favs? 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesday  hosted by Shouldbereading

Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

Here are my Two Teasers :

"She could barely catch her breath. ' polish slapping your...worthless face. See?" she showed him her finger ---just one of them. "- pg 445 City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

" You're just cranky because you don't like show tunes."
It's like being stuck in an episode of Glee,"she retorts as Cassidy takes the stage. "- 221 Endure by Carrie Jones

What are your Teasers?

Monday, June 4, 2012

Musing Monday

                                         Musing Monday brought to you by Should be Reading
  This weeks Musing......
Do you have a reading goal for the year, such as __ books? Why or why not?
My reading goal is logged on Goodreads. Last year I planned to read 100 books so this year I set the goal of 150 books  . So far I have read 71 of the 150 so I'm doing fairly well so far. I also have given myself the goal of reading more non-fiction , expand my reading some. What about you any goals?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

This Weeks Bookings

This Weeks Bookings.. put in with all the IMMs and such
 These are all books I bought for the month

Bloody Valentine (Blue Bloods 5.5) by Melissa De la Cruz
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
(I own it on nook but who can pass up $1.97 for a paper copy
Underworld by Meg Cabot
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
The Mom 100 Cookbook by Katie Workman

So link me in what did you get this week ? Anything good ? Anything you have been wanting to read so badly?
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