Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pants! No Chance! by Susan Lanyi (Review and Giveaway!)

Pants! No Chance! by Susan Lanyi, illustrated by Alexandre Rouillard
Domnizelles Publications
ISBN: 978-1927815113
Published Oct 14, 2014
Softcover, 32 pages

Our Review
Reviewed by Laura & Son

There comes a time when dressing your child becomes a battle. You think your child should be wearing one type of clothing whether it's because of the weather or an occasion, and of course, your child has another idea altogether. All parents have been through this at some point. So how appropriate to have a book that deals with this issue in such a way that both parents and children will enjoy.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Baby Comes Home by Dr. Paul Roumeliotis (Review, Interview and Giveaway!)

Baby Comes Home: A Parent's Guide to a Healthy and Well First Eighteen Months by Dr. Paul Roumeliotis
Influence Publishing
ISBN: 978-1771410724
Published Nov 1, 2014
Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Our Review
Reviewed by Laura and her pregnant sister, Teresa :-)

When I first met Dr. Paul at the Toronto International Book Fair, and we spoke at length about childcare, I knew I wanted to read his book. Yes, my children are older now, 13 and 11, but I still recall those eventful years of breastfeeding, sleepless nights and childhood illnesses. I read a slew of books at that time and I'm grateful I did.

When I looked and read through Baby Comes Home, I noticed it had the essentials for sleep-deprived parents: it was well-organized with a detailed index for easy referral and it was easy to read. It was reassuring to read too, which is so important in a parental guide, since some of the main feelings of new parents are insecurity and guilt. Am I doing this right? What if I don't do it right? Am I a good parent?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? Feb 23 Edition

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

Yes, it's a new look, folks! I needed a change and I felt I needed more space. I'm still making changes and cleaning up my sidebars, but for now I like what I see. So what do you all think? I'd love your feedback!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Life II by Scott Spotson

Life II by Scott Spotson
ISBN: 978-1480036208
Published Feb 5, 2013
Trade paperback, 633 pages

This review is courtesy of guest blogger Laura Hogan.

I’m not a big fan of time travel novels, but I do seek out variety, so I thought I would give Life II a try.

From the back cover:

Life II is a first novel written by Scott Spotson chronicling the life of Max Thorning as he embarks through Time travel with the help of Dr. Time, a seemingly benign alien who is the guardian of the Time Weaver. The Time Weaver is a device that has control over all eras of Time on Earth’s history. Follow Max’s dilemma as he goes back to his 16-year-old self and tries to change his destiny into a new one called Life II.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning (Review & Giveaway!)

Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning
ISBN: 978-0578136394
Published January 2013
Trade paperback, 319 pages

Audible Audiobook
Narrated by Caroline Miller
Length: 9 hours 7 mins

Most of you know I'm an eclectic reader. I like to read different genres, especially if I can learn something new from them. When I was sent this book I was attracted to it for two reasons. The first is that I've worked with children with autism and special needs. The second is that I wanted to know more about how animals, in this case dogs, could have a positive effect in the lives of these children.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Girls of Piazza d'Amore by Connie Guzzo-McParland

The Girls of Piazza d’Amore by Connie Guzzo-McParland
ISBN: 9781927535196
Published: 2013
Published by: Linda Leith Publishing
Paperback, 161 pages

The story takes place in a fictional village in Calabria, Southern Italy, replete with its history, traditions, gossip, local characters, and family dynamics.  It is told through the eyes of a young girl, Caterina, who observes the lives of her three friends, including their loves and losses, as she accompanies them on their daily walks to the water fountain.  At the same time, it’s the story of the whole village as everyone is connected in one way or another.

The reader learns a lot about village life in Italy in a bygone era, full of hardships, daily struggles, and the eventual painful separations as family members, and in some cases, whole families, left Italy in search of a better life.