Friday Face-Off: Icicles or Snow

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“In winter with warm tears I’ll melt the snow.”

This weeks theme: A cover featuring icicles or snow.

My Choice: Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Covers:

Little, Brown & Company 1992 | Little, Brown & Company 1988 | Unknown |  Little, Brown Books 1988
Little, Brown Books 2011 | Arthur 2016 | Dell 1978 | Little, Brown and Company 1938
Perfection Learning 1992 | Intrínseca 2011 | Unknown 2011 | Bur extra 2011
Die Zeit 2006 | Dwie Siostry 2009 | Uitgeverij P. Vink 1948 | Hachette 2011

I remember reading this book with my mom when I was little.  I loved it and it was one of my favorite books.  I was excited when they turned it into a movie but then I nver saw it because I don’t like Jim Carey.

Least Favorites:

Favorites:

The second cover is the one that I owned.

Winner:

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Which is your favorite? Do you agree with my choice? Let me know in the comments!!

Beware of the Book Exchange Pyramid Scheme!

Have you seen this post, or one similar?

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Sounds great doesn’t it? When you comment “in” you will be sent instructions along the line of:

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It sounds great doesn’t it? What a simple way to get 25 books! Worst case, you send a single book and only get 1 or 2 books back, right?

WRONG!

This is a pyramid scheme and it is illegal in the United States.  Not only do you run the risk of not getting books you run the risk of getting into legal trouble.

Here are some articles with more information so you don’t have to take my word for it:

I don’t know how “dangerous” it actually is to participate in these.  I doubt the US government is going to crack down on book pyramid schemes, I’m sure they have bigger fish to fry.  But, for me at least, its not worth it to participate.  Plus it probably wouldn’t work anyway.

So before you choose to participate just make sure you gather all the facts.  I am sure different countries have different policies, but it is illegal in the United States.  Just remember:

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

 

 

Disney Princesses & the Zombie Apocalypse Tag

I saw this tag over at Book Beach Bunny.  Book Beach Bunny took an existing Zombie Tag and mixed it up with Disney Princesses.  She listed all the princesses she could think of and then randomly pulled names for each category.

I am going to mix it up a little more and only use the 11 official Disney Princesses. I am also going to create my dream team by choosing who goes into each spot and then I am also going to randomize it and see how screwed I would be!

Category Dream Team Actual Team
First Princess to Die Aurora Ariel
First Princess I’d Trip Snow White Mulan
The Princess that Would Trip Me Jasmine Jasmine
Second Princess to Die Cinderella Snow White
Team Idiot Ariel Rapunzel
Group Brains Belle Pocahontas
Team Medic Tiana Cinderella
Teams Weapon Expert Rapunzel Aurora
The Brawler Merida Tiana
Team Leader Mulan Merida
Lone Wolf Pocahontas Belle

Apparently the universe and I agree that Jasmine is going to be the bastard that trips me

I usually think of Aurora as super weak but I guess that I could see her coming up with some pretty badass weapons based on spinning wheels?

Overall I might survive haha.  Its not ideal but not horrible.  Especially if the princesses turned out to be Jedi!!

Jedi

Source: Shenanigan Cosplay

Who would your dream team be? Do you think I could survive with my actual team? Let me know!

Book Blogger Memory Challenge

I saw this challenge at Bookworm Book Club and was intrigued.  I have the world’s worst memory but it sounds fun so I want to try!

Rules – You must answer these questions without looking anything up on the internet and without looking at your bookshelves!!

Because the point of this challenge is to test your memory I am going to list just the questions first so you can participate, if you want, without seeing my answers first

  1. Name a book written by an author called Michael.
  2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover.
  3. Name a book about a character called George.
  4. Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.
  5. Name a book set in Australia.
  6. Name a book with the name of a month in the title.
  7. Name a book with a knife on the cover.
  8. Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title.
  9. Name a book with a eponymous title.
  10. Name a book turned into a movie.

I tried not to look at JR’s answers before I answered the questions myself but I accidentally saw Jurassic Park and Eragon so I am not going to use those because that is cheating and not using my memory!

1. Name a book written by an author called Michael.

The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids

By Michael Chung? (Update: Its by Michael McClung, but I was close and I got the Michael part right!)

Thief

2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover.

A Dance with Dragons

I’m going to say its safe to assume at least one version of this cover has Dragons on it.

Dragons

3. Name a book about a character called George.

George and the Giant Peach

Also there is the George the monkey one with the guy in the yellow hat! I can’t remember the title of that book though. (Update: Its James and the Giant Peach not George, so I got this one wrong 😦 and the other book is called Curious George.  I got the character name right but couldn’t think of the book’s name)

James

4. Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.

I’m so bad with names in general and rarely pay attention to author names.  My last name is Smith so you would think I would be able to think of someone! (Update: The only book I’ve read by a Smith is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.)

Zombies

5. Name a book set in Australia.

Tomorrow, The War Begins

I think that is what it is called? (Update: Its called Tomorrow, When the War Began, I was close!)

Tomorrow

6. Name a book with the name of a month in the title.

Ides of March

I am guessing that there is a book with this title! I know The Ides of March is when Julius Caesar was stabbed so it would make sense someone wrote a book with that title? (Update: There are lots of books called The Ides of March but only one that I saw just titled Ides of March but all I needed was one! I win! haha I’m very proud of my guess!)

Ides

7. Name a book with a knife on the cover.

Bitter Blue

I think that is the one with a knife on the cover? One of the books in the series has a knife! (Update: Bitterblue is one word and it doesn’t have a knife on the cover.  The first book in the series, Graceling, does have a knife on the cover but that wasn’t the book I was thinking of.  I was thinking of the Defy series, but even in that series I was thinking of the wrong book. I was picturing Endure‘s cover which has swords not knives.

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DefyIgniteEndure

8. Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title.

The One

Its part of The Selection Series

The One

9. Name a book with a eponymous title.

Harry Potter

Easy peasy lemon squeezy (Though I had to look up what eponymous meant)

Harry

10. Name a book turned into a movie.

Harry Potter, I am Number Four, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Ready Player One, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Grinch Stole Christmas …

I could go on forever!

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I did better than I thought I would! There was only one I couldn’t answer and two I sort of got wrong and one I got really wrong! Did you play along? How did you do?

If you make your own post out of this please tag me so I can see your answers!!!

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

by J.K. Rowling

Narrated by: Jim Dale

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Potter

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I usually try to keep my reviews spoiler free, but practically everyone and their mother has read Harry Potter, so I am not going to bother.  If by some miracle you haven’t read the books, seen the movies, or had someone spoil the ending then I would suggest skipping my review!

You’ve been warned!

I have read the Harry Potter books a million times, but I have never listened to the Audiobooks.  Every time a new book or movie came out I re-read the series so this means I have read the 1st book at least 15 times.

But in all the times I have read it I never really picked up on the fact that everything that happens comes back into play later.  I know in books everything happens for a reason but I have never noticed it so obviously before.  I don’t know if J.K. Rowling is better at this than most or if I was just oblivious before but its amazing how everything is connected.  And not just in each individual books but in the entire series.

Here is one of the more obvious chain of events

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So if Dobby hadn’t blocked the barrier then the boys would have been eaten by the spiders.  Or if they had managed to escape the spiders without the car, they would have had their memories wiped and been unable to save Ginny.

This may not seem special or profound within a single book but J.K. Rowling keeps this up throughout all 7 books!!!

Another example is the sorting hat.  It tries to put Harry into Slytherin but he doesn’t want to be put there. This comes back into play a lot in the second book when Harry starts to doubt himself and which house he is in.  But it gets resolved when Harry pulls the sword out of the sorting hat.  And I know the sword comes into play in later books!

There is a good chance that you are thinking “Duh Brittany, we all knew this already, this is how books work” but give me a break! I don’t know why, but I have never noticed it like this before and its wonderful and I can’t stop thinking about it!!

Anyway! I love all the Harry Potter books, including the Chamber of Secrets! Jim Dale does a amazing job narrating! And if you haven’t read the Harry Potter series then you need to! I don’t care if you saw all the movies.  It doesn’t count and the books are better!

 

Mini Reviews (Part 3) – Children’s Books

I am sooooo far behind on book reviews! Of the last 30 books I read, I only wrote 13 reviews.  That means I have 17 books I need to write reviews for. (Whose stupid idea was it to keep a list of all the books I need to review?!?)

In order to get caught up I am going to do a bunch of mini reviews, and then try to stay on top of reviews in the future!  Of the 17 books I need to review, 7 of them are kids books so this post is going to be just the kids books!  I will do the “adult” books in a separate post.

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Papasaurus

by Stephan Lomp

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Papa

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I had a friend that asked for books instead of cards for her baby-shower.  I know a story about a Papa isn’t perfect for a baby shower, but I had already gotten her some dino clothes and a stuffed dino and I needed to find a book that matched! This is the only dino book I could find at Barnes and Noble.

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This book was adorable! I LOVED the artwork!  The dinos are in brilliant colors and the background is all dark grays and black.  This makes the dinos really pop! Plus they are ridiculously adorable!!  The story was cute as well.  I would recommend it to anyone who has a little girl or boy who loves cute dinos and bright colors.


Nobody Likes a Cockblock

by R. Swanson

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Block

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Not gonna lie, I didn’t like this book.  Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with dirty or inappropriate books masquerading as children’s books.  I love those types of books! I just didn’t like this one.  I didn’t think the rhyming was that great and I didn’t really care for the illustrations.  I do want to mention, however, that I read this at a baby shower and the 10 or so other adults who read it all loved it, so I guess I am the odd one out.


Not Quite Narwhal

by Jessie Sima

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Narwhal

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I found this book on Brenda’s Blog: Friendly Fairy Tales.  I was super intrigued because – Narwhals!!  Go check out her review! Its short, sweet, and way more insightful than mine!

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This book has the cutest story and adorable illustrations! Its got Narwhals and Unicorns!! What more could you want?!?!


All Fall Down

by Mary Brigid Barrett

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AllFallDown

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My niece just turned 1 year old last month and my sister asked specifically for board books.  My niece is at that age where she wants to grab the books and turn the pages and usually puts them in her mouth.  She has started ruining all her books so she is the perfect right age for board books.

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This book is pretty simple and cute.  The story flows nicely and the artwork is decent.  Its a great board book for a 1 year old but its nothing special.


The Hat

by Jan Brett

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Amazon | Goodreads

This is one of the books I remember from my childhood.  My mom really liked Jan Brett so I think we owned most of her picture books.  The version I read recently was the board book version.  I know sometimes that board books are shortened versions of the originals, but I couldn’t tell if this one was shortened are not.  The story felt complete.

As always Jan Brett has great illustrations and cute stories! This is a great story about trends and how silly they can be.


Goodnight Owl

by Marina Martin

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Goodnight Owl

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My niece collects owls, so when I saw this I had to get it! For her first birthday I got her an owl beanie, an owl stuffed animal and a bunch of books.  (I got her other stuff too but I gave it to my sister before my niece’s party and don’t have pictures of it)

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This book is super simple but also really really cute! I love the artwork and the story flowed really nicely! It is perfect for lulling you little one to sleep!! It also came with a CD that I think has lullabies on it, but I didn’t listen to it, and I doubt my sister has either.


Old MacDonald

by Rosemary Wells

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MacDonald

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Rosemary Wells is sort of a staple in childhood art.  This book is pretty much exactly what you would predict.  Its one verse of Old MacDonald accompanied by Wells signature artwork.  At the end, it lists a bunch of other animals you could sing the song about, but I would have liked it if the book had a couple verses instead of just one.


Of all these books, Not Quite Narwhal was my favorite! But I also really liked Papasaurus and Goodnight Owl.  Do you have a little one you like to read to, or buy books for?  My niece is the one I have and I buy her way more books than necessary! (I also just spoil her in general so its not just books!)

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?  Do you have a favorite children’s book? Let me know in the comments!

Friday Face-Off: Ghost or Specter

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“There’s more of gravy than of grave about you.”

This weeks theme: A cover featuring a ghost or specter.

My Choice: The Boggart

Covers:

Aladdin Paperbacks 2005 | Aladdin Paperbacks 1995 | Scholastic Inc 1993

Margaret K. McElderry Books 2004 | Kindle | Puffin Books 1994

Margaret K. McElderry Books 2018 | Puffin 2018 | Ravensburger Buchverlag 1996

I don’t do scary books so I haven’t read very many books with ghosts on the cover.  In this book the Boggart is described as “an invisible, mischievous spirit” so I think it counts as a ghost/specter?

Least Favorites:

The Kindle Version is just boring and the other one is completely random with the fish and seal.

Favorites:

The first cover is the one I read waaay back when! (probably in middle school but possibly in elementary school?) The second is the prettiest cover and I like the colors.  The third cover captures that it is still a children’ts book but shill looks kind of haunting.

Winner:

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Which is your favorite? Do you agree with my choice? Let me know in the comments!!