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A Carousel Tale by Elisa Kleven

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Ernst loves the carousel near his house, and his favorite animal to ride is the dog. When the dog’s wooden tail comes loose just before winter, the carousel keeper gives Ernst the important job of watching over it until springtime. But the tail looks so sad sitting on Ernst’s shelf without its dog that Ernst can’t help but try to cheer it up. It isn’t long before he has transformed the lonely tail into something wonderful!

As spring approaches, Ernst wonders if he will have to give up his special creation. And if he doesn’t, what will the poor dog have to wag? The inventive blue crocodile from Ernst and The Puddle Pail shines in a story children will cherish. 

This is the third book in the Ernst series, and although I have not read the other two, they have quickly moved up to the top of my wish list.  I am the mother of two girls ages 4 and 5 and am always looking for books to read to them.  I have read many books, some good and some bad, and A Carousel Tale became a favorite the minute I opened up the first page.  It has everything that is necessary when writing children’s books.  First off, the illustrations are fabulous – vibrant colors with adorable little animals, it is easy to get little ones to sit when there are pictures to look at like these.  But, much more than the pictures is the story.

One of Ernst favorite things to do is to ride on the carousel, and although he loves all of the animals his favorite is the dog because he looks sunny and his tail wags.  Well, it doesn’t really wag his brother Sol reminds him, it’s just loose.  So, imagine his dismanywhen he visits the carousel and sees it covered with a tent for the winter.  As he glances to the ground he notices something – the dogs tail has fallen off and the carousel keeper tells him that he can take it home and take care of it for the winter.  But, Ernst feels the tail is lonely and spruces it up some, promising that when it is time for the carousel to open he will return it to the same condition it was in so the dog can have his tail back. 

The carousel keeper has other ideas and the end is so sweet.  I fell in love with this little crocodile and can’t wait to read the other books.  Perfect for kids and adults alike!

For more information about the books or the author please visit http://www.elisakleven.com

Make sure to visit Zensanity on April 6 to view my interview with the author!

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Win A Copy Of The Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson On Audio

 

 

 

No picture for this one…sorry!  Want to win the first three books in the Women’s Murder Club on audio?

James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, read by Jeremy Piven, Suzanne Toren, Carolyn McCormick, and Melissa Leo“Now, for the first time, the first three books in this series are available in an audio box set that will delight fans of the series, as well as anyone intrigued by thrilling mystery stories that feature strong women characters….”

I will be giving away 3 copies…again, no P.O. Boxes and this is open to the U.S. and Canada only.  Sorry about that.  Please make sure you have a valid email so I know how to contact you.  Good Luck!

 

 

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Weekly Geeks 2009-03

weekly-geeksFor your assignment this week, choose two or more of the following questions:

1) How do you feel about classic literature? Are you intimidated by it? Love it? Not sure because you never actually tried it? Don’t get why anyone reads anything else? Which classics, if any, have you truly loved? Which would you recommend for someone who has very little experience reading older books? Go all out, sell us on it!

2) A challenge, should you choose to accept it: Read at least one chapter of a classic novel, preferably by an author you’re not familiar with. Did you know you can find lots of classics in the public domain on the web? Check out The Popular Classic Book Corner
, for example. Write a mini-review based on this chapter: what are your first impressions? Would you read further? (For a larger selection of authors, try The Complete Classic Literature Library).

3) Let’s say you’re vacationing with your dear cousin Myrtle, and she forgot to bring a book. The two of you venture into the hip independent bookstore around the corner, where she primly announces that she only reads classic literature. If you don’t find her a book, she’ll never let you get any reading done! What contemporary book/s with classic appeal would you pull off the shelf for her?

4) As you explore the other Weekly Geeks posts: Did any inspire you to want to read a book you’ve never read before—or reread one to give it another chance? Tell us all about it, including a link to the post or posts that sparked your interest. If you end up reading the book, be sure to include a link to your post about it in a future Weekly Geeks post!

When I was in high school I was in advanced English – in my Junior year we were required to read the classics.  At first I was upset because it was “forced” on us, but some of my favorite books are considered classics.  The Count of Monte Cristo is still one of my 5 favorite books – I can’t imagine anything changing that.  It has been MANY years since I have read it, and although some of the story has been lost in my memory I still know that this is where I would put it.  I believe that I will try to read it again this year to refresh my memory.

I am also a HUGE fan of Edgar Allen Poe.  Horror/Suspense/Mystery books are my favorite type and I am not sure if there is anyone that embraces this genre moreso that he does.  Again, it has been many years but I do have his collection leatherbound sitting on my shelf.  Maybe I should pick it up and read a little today – The Tell-tale Heart is so chilling, but what piece of work by him isn’t?

There are many classics that I haven’t read….many, many, many!  But, after reading the post by Reading Adventures I too am sad to say that I have never read anything by Jane Austen.  I believe that I too will add Pride and Prejudice to my library list.  There are many more and I may come back to revise this list as I continue to go through the posts for this week. 

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Be Strong & Curvaceous by Shelley Adina

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After spending spring break in Mexico with her grandparents, Carly Aragon can’t wait to get back to school at SpencerAcademy in San Francisco. With Lissa Mansfield and Gillian Chang by her side, she’s ready for anything . . . except a new roommate.

Lady Lindsay MacPhail, flamboyant daughter of the Earl of Strathcairn, quickly becomes Carly’s worst nightmare. “Mac” not only swoops in and steals Carly’s privacy, she’s also dating Brett Loyola–Carly’s biggest crush!
But when Mac starts receiving strange, threatening e-mails, she and Carly must come together to figure out who’s behind them and why. In the end, the fate of one girl will lie in the other’s hands. Will the two learn to trust one another and trust God?

I didn’t realize that this book was part of a series…it is actually the third book in Shelley Adina’s It’s All About Us series.  It is perfectly easy to follow as a stand alone, although I certainly want to read the other two books that prelude this one. 

Although these books are considered young adult, I feel that there are lessons that can be learned by anyone while reading them.  This book is centered around the students at Spencer Academy, and elite high school in California that really does cater to the rich and famous.  Carly is there on a scholarship and is embarrassed by this fact.  She will do anything to keep this a secret from her fellow classmates and the few friends she’s made.  But Carly’s life is about to get a whole lot worse.

Carly finds out that she is getting a new roomate named Mac.  But, this just isn’t any roomate.  She is actually Lady Lindsay MacPhail, the daughter of the Earl of Strathcairn and is Carly’s nightmare come to life.  She is arrogant, and feels as if the whole world should bow to her will.  And if they won’t?  Well, she’s willing to make it happen no matter what it takes or who stands in her way.  And Carly becomes the prime target.

When Mac starts getting emails from someone who appears to be a stalker, she isn’t sure what to do or who to turn to.  Will Carly use her faith in God to help her see past the struggles between the two and reach out to someone in need?

I thought this was really a great book, and an easy read for anyone. 

Shelley Adina is a world traveler and pop culture junkie with an incurable addiction to designer handbags. She knows the value of a relationship with a gracious God and loving Christian friends, and she’s inviting today’s teenage girls to join her in these refreshingly honest books about real life as a Christian teen–with a little extra glitz thrown in for fun! In between books, Adina loves traveling, listening to and making music, and watching all kinds of movies.

Thanks so much to Miriam Parker, of The Hachette Book Group for sending me this ARC to review!

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9 for ’09 Book Challenge

Will I ever quit?  Well, I doubt it, I am challenge crazy.  Here is another one, and the details:

This challenge is set up so you can read some books in your TBR (To Be Read) Stacks

(If you need more challenges to keep whittling your TBR stacks, click on  A NOVEL CHALLENGE also.)

RULES

  • Open to anyone, whether you have a blog or not!
  • No need to register or to announce what you are going to read.
  • Start in any category that you wish.
  • 3 books from this reading challenge can be used in other reading challenges.
  • Just post in the comment section.
  • The genre of the books can be ANYTHING (fiction or non-fiction), but it must be decent (because you have to write reviews about the books).
  • Other reading materials (graphic novels, poetry, museum catalogs, art books, zines etc.) are OK.
  • The book must already be in your bookcase or storage area.
  • The Challenge starts 12/27/08 to 12/27/09. (I hate to begin anything on January 1st).
  • You can post starting on 12/27/08.
  • Format of work can be paper, audio, or electronic.

These are the NINE categories to celebrate 2009! See the above tabs for details. (I had to abbreviate some of the categories due to WordPress Code restrictions.)

To sign up, click here.

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The Countdown Challenge

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I’m late coming to this one, and I may have to scramble to get it done but I’m sure going to give it a shot.  Here are the details:

  1. The goal of this challenge is to read the number of books first published in a given year that corresponds to the last digit of each year in the 2000s — 9 books from 2009, 8 books from 2008, etc.  The total number of books required, therefore, is 45.
  2. This challenge lasts from 8/8/08 through 9/9/09.  Yes, it is retroactive to August 8th!
  3. Crossovers with other challenges are allowed and your lists may change at any time.
  4. Sign up using Mr. Linky below.
  5. Have fun reading!

To sign up, click here.

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Winter Reading Challenge

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Here’s one that’s perfect for me because there is no set amount of books – you set your own limit.  Here are the details:

The Winter Reading Challenge runs from December 21st, 2008 through March 20, 2009. There are 13 weeks in Winter and I will probably end up reading one to two books per week. Some of the books may cross over into challenges that begin 2009.

This is going to be a very casual challenge much like the Fall Reading Challenge, so please join me.

The rules are very flexible:

1) Choose any number of books you would like to read and post them on your blog.

2) They can be fiction and/or nonfiction including e-books and audiobooks

3) They can overlap with other challenges.

4) Sign up on Mr. Linky. I’m still trying to figure out Mr. Linky so will let you guys post your links yourselves when you have your lists ready.

5) In a few days, I set up a link where you can post links to your book reviews

To sign up, click here.

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