I know a lot of people do a big thang for their 100th post – take for instance Feather @ Yes It’s My Real Name – she’s giving away a $25 gift card to Starbucks! That’s a lot of Peppermint Mocha Twists (or you know hot chocolate since I’m all prego and off coffee for now) or Chai Lattes – Starbucks makes THE BEST chai lattes by the way.
Anyway so I totally entered to win her giveaway and congratulate her on her 100th post because I think milestones like this are so fun and it’s always fun to celebrate things. Me? I passed 100 so quickly I never thought to notice (it happens fast when you post almost 5 times a day, so I guess it’s my own fault). BUT my 500th post is coming up and I’m thinking I should do it up and celebrate and whatnot. So be waiting. In the meantime, go congratulate Feather and sign yourself up for a chance to win butt loads of yummy Starbucks beverages.
TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
- Grab your current read.
- Let the book fall open to a random page.
- Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
- You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
- Please avoid spoilers!
“After a certain amount of blubbering and wiping away tears, the children stacked their tests on top of Reynie’s and returned to their seats. In exhausted silence they waited as the pencil woman flipped through the tests.”
from page 27 of The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Last month I picked up one of my favorite children’s books for my son – the one I used to love reading for story time when I worked in a local bookstore – Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann which tells the story of a Zookeeper and his wife and a sneaky gorilla who helps all the animals escape their cages at night as the zookeeper is locking up. I can still remember reading this before my son was born, and thinking how I couldn’t wait to read it to my own children. So I was thrilled when we not only bought it (finally) but he LOVED it. For weeks it became The Book for our bedtime story and it’s still in regular rotation even now that the novelty has worn off a bit (which is always good because you don’t want to get sick of a favorite book!).
I’d recommend this book to any parent of a young child – my son loves naming all of the animals in the book and laughing at all of the antics of the story. I am still very much in love with this book which I think is every bit as good as the more commonly known “Goodnight” book, Goodnight Moon.
What are your kids reading this month? For more kids book recommendations, head over to 5 Minutes For Books.
I’m a details person. When I buy a product that has clever packaging, little gems in every nook and cranny, it makes me love the product more – putting in that extra effort, to me, says you care about your product. So when a copy of Boomtown: Chang’s Famous Fireworks Factory by Nowen N. Particular was sent to me from the Thomas Nelson book review bloggers program, I was immediately impressed by the little details. The author’s pseudonym reminded me of Lemony Snicket. The concept of a warm and caring Utopian society who just happen to be obsessed with blowing things up – it all sounded terrific. I couldn’t wait to devour it.
Boomtown is the story of reverend Arthur Button, who moves his family to Boomtown after accepting a job with Boomtown Church. His wife and three children are all funny and clever – the kids are always getting into trouble but escaping unscathed. These four do very well in Boomtown and hearing the story from any of their perspectives might have been a treat. But this story is told from the point of view of Arthur, who is the most boring stick in the mud you will ever meet.
I think most people would love to live in Boomtown. But Arthur Button does not. And since we are reading from his perspective, the whole thing feels boring and stuffy. Button almost dies 6 times in this story and I don’t think I cared once.
What disappoints me the most was the sheer amount of potential this book had – if it hadn’t been narrated by Arthur, it might have been great. Why was this a children’s book? I can’t imagine any kid who would want to read a story told from the perspective of their father. Most kids would rather read a story from another kid’s perspective.
Supposedly there will be a second book – I won’t be reading it. But hopefully my negative review (and others I’ve seen on the review page for Boomtown) will yield a positive result for Nowen N. Particular – you had a good idea, you just mucked it up royally. Next time, try writing from the perspective of someone we can care about.