Monday, October 30, 2017

The Mystery At Eagle Harbor

Stars 3/5
The Mystery At Eagle Harbor by M. C. Tillson

I picked up this book at a thrift shop and never realized it was the 2nd in a trilogy. I did enjoy it and caught on very quick of what was happening. It follows a Sam & Becky, brother and sister, on a family vacation to Eagle Harbor while their parents are writing a book about lighthouses. The story is a mystery but also give lots of factual info about areas in Michigan. I did enjoy it and hope one day to find the other 2 books in the series. I would recommend for younger readers.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Halloween Tree

Stars 5/5
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

First let me say this is a re-read for me but it has been many years since I have read this book. This is the classic Halloween read. It follows eight boys on Halloween night that go on an adventure trying to save their friend Pipkin. They learn all about the creatures that their costumes depict. I don't want to give away any more as to not spoil it. I recommend this book for all ages. There is also a cartoon Halloween film adaptation for this book and I recommend it as well. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Witch For A Week

Stars 5/5
Witch For A Week by Kaye Umansky

What an amazing Halloween read for me! This book made it to my Favorites of 2017 list and the illustrations are enchanting and add a dash of merriment. I just adored this story and I can't wait to read the next book. It follows a girl named Elsie Pickles and her adventures in finding herself. She is asked to come and house sit for a witch, Magenta, that is going out of town for a week and is promised lots of gold to help her family's shop so she can not refuse. There she finds magic. I don't want to say too much to spoil the story but the characters are amazing, very lovable and quirky fun. I would recommend this to everyone of all ages.

The Long Ride Home

Stars 3/5
The Long Ride Home by Susan R. Lawrence

I went into this book blind. I did not know what it would be about. I merely saw the cover and wanted to give it a chance. The story was unique and heart touching. It follows a boy named Bert and his little sister Emma. They were orphans and the orphanage sent them and other kids on a train to Iowa from New York City. It follows their adventure in finding a family, hardships, friendships and finding a home. I think the religion was a little thick but other than that I enjoyed the story. 

A Very Very Very Long Dog

Stars 4/5
The Very Very Very Long Dog by Julia Patton

A very cute book about a dog that lives in a bookstore and loves to go out with his friends on adventures but has lots of problems because he is a very very very long dog. I will not give more away as to spoil it. Very fun book to read. I would recommend to everyone.
Thanks NetGalley!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Just So Stories

Stars 3/5
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

A very unique short story collection book with lots of animal stories for all. I can see how this book because a favorite of the age but I do believe that it would not hold up well with the children of today. I found the stories a bit repetitive and even a bit harsh. As an adult, I am glad to have read this collection but I do not think I would recommend it to younger readers and listeners. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Santa Thief

Stars 4/5
The Santa Thief by Alane Adams
Illustrated by Lauren Gallegos

This book follows a boy named Georgie and how he was really looking forward to Christmas. He had written to Santa for a new pair of ice skates because his was too small. The story was set in the 1920's and I loved how it painted the picture of the hardships and poverty-stricken times but I really didn't care much how it ended. Children are only children for such a short time and I am sure when Georgie was older he would realize that his parents worked and struggled to buy him those skates. He didn't need to have the magic of the season taken away from him like it was. If they wanted to stake claim to the gift in the first place, why even let Georgie believe in Santa? As an adult, I very much enjoyed the beautiful illustrations but I would not recommend it for kids that believe in Santa.