Review: Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Melanie Watt

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scaredy squirrel goes campingTitle: Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping
Author:
Melanie Watt
Series:
Scaredy Squirrel
Date(s) read:
March 4, 2013
Genre:
Picture book
Source:
Publisher / Netgalley

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Scaredy Squirrel is not too comfortable with the idea of camping ? unless it’s on his couch! There will be no mosquitoes, skunks or zippers to worry about when he watches a show about the joys of camping on his brand-new TV. But first Scaredy must find an electrical outlet, and that means going into the woods! Will the nutty worrywart’s plans prepare him for the great outdoors, or will his adventure end up as a scary story told around the campfire?

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Thank you to Kids Can Press and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for review!

I absolutely LOVE Scaredy Squirrel, so when I saw this book up on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it! I’ve read all of the books in the series and find myself smiling with each one. Scaredy Squirrel is the cutest little character and offers wonderful advice to ALL readers.

As usual, the drawings and colours are spot on! Melanie Watt is a wonderful artist and I love all of her renditions of this little squirrel. The idea of him going camping was fun since camping is SUCH a dangerous activity and we all know that our little squirrel doesn’t like any activity that might be dangerous (I mean, those zippers can be VERY hazardous!).  Continue reading

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1), by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1), by J. K. Rowling

Date(s) listened: August 28, 2012
Genre: MG Fantasy

Audiobook Notes
Narrator: Stephen Fry
Length: 8 hours, 25 minutes

Series
1. Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone Amazon | Goodreads
2. Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire
5. Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix
6. Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince
7. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows

SYNOPSIS
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed for ever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard!

My Thoughts
I originally wasn’t thinking I’d write a review about J. K. Rowling’s amazing first book to her equally amazing Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, but the second I started listening to it, I knew I had to write something.

Yes, I listened to this one on audio. I had read this series in university, starting when the fourth book came out. I remember making fun of a friend of mine who was reading the books because they were MG books – kids books. I could never enjoy these! Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Wonderstruck, by Brian Selznick

Released: September 13, 2011 (Scholastic)
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Source: Library

Genre: YA Fantasy Graphic Novel

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Synopsis:
From Brian Selznick, the creator of the Caldecott Medal winner THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, comes another breathtaking tour de force.

Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick once again sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey.

Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother’s room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.

Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories–Ben’s told in words, Rose’s in pictures–weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful–with over 460 pages of original artwork–Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.

My Thoughts

After reading Selznick’s amazing novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, I knew I had to read this one. I know of a few people who have read this and thought it was much, much better than Hugo, so I had to find out for myself.

Unfortunately, while I did like the book, it paled in comparison to Hugo!

Let’s start with what I loved. The whole outline of how the story is told, with main character Ben’s story being told in words, and a story about Rose from the 1920′s being told in pictures, was wonderful. The entire story flowed right from page one. There are no chapter breaks to break the flow, though the story is in three parts.  Continue reading