Tuesday, February 16, 2016

{Review} Big Cat by Ethan Long

Geisel-medalist Ethan Long s newest easy reader is for true beginners, offering laughs, a lovable and patient cat, and the simplest vocabulary possible. Two rowdy siblings love playing with their oversized kitty. They wake him up from a nap so he can fly and dance around the room while being smothered with hugs. But as Big Cat endures his final humiliation being dressed in a wig, hat, and high heels it s apparent that despite the discomfort, Big Cat loves his family. Long s long-suffering, big-bellied, feline is sure to charm readers. His understated text and hilarious characters with looney expressions will have readers rolling on the ground."

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 My Review:

 Big Cat was so adorable. I read it with my nephew, he is in kindergarten. The publisher website said the book is for ages 4-8. It was perfect for a kindergartener . There was only one word that he had trouble with and that was the word Dance. He really didn’t try to sound it out, though. He told me he didn’t like the Big Cat, not the book but the cat pictures. He is not a cat lover like I am. I loved all the pictures. I am a die-hard cat lover and I couldn't resist getting this book. It shows how loving and calm cats can be when there is a little one around. They will put up with just about anything. Lol The illustrations were so cute and if a little one can’t read they can look at the pictures to find out what is going on. I am also in school to become a teacher right now and I will definitely have this book in my classroom.

5 Stars!

 About the Author: Ethan Long is a popular, award-winning and internationally recognized children's book author and illustrator with over 70 children's books, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and an Emmy-nominated television series to his credit. Just about all of his awake time is spent writing stories, drawing pictures and spending time with his family. Since graduating from Ringling College of Art and Design in 1991, Ethan has never stopped evolving, challenging his creative approach with each new project while constantly honing his instantly identifiable style. Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania, his childhood memories serve as inspiration for many of his drawings and stories. He currently lives with his wife and three children in beautiful Orlando, Florida, USA and flip flops seamlessly between being a world famous children's book author and a stay-at-home dad.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Hunter's Moon by Beth Trissel Blog Tour {Review + Giveaway}

Series: The Secret Warrior #1
Release date: December 14th 2015
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Morgan Daniel has been in the witness protection program most of her life. But The Panteras have caught up with her and her younger brother. Her car is totaled, she's hurt, and the street gang is closing in when wolves with glowing eyes appear out of nowhere and chase away the killers. 

Then a very cute guy who handles a bow like Robin Hood emerges from the woods and takes them to safety at his fortress-like home.

And that's just the first sign that Morgan and her brother have entered a hidden world filled with secrets...

My Review  

Morgan and her brother Jimmy are on the run from the Panteras. Everywhere they go they are always there. Desperate, they take their aunts advice and go to the mountains. Before they reach their destination the Panteras catch up. Stranger still is that they get rescued by wolves, and then a cute guy shows up offering protection. Next thing she knows her and her brother are staying with these stranger that say she is linked to a prophecy.

Morgan is about to find out she has a lot more to worry about than the Panteras.

The Hunter’s Moon was a short but good read. It was a little slow at times for me and I kept putting it down. There were a lot of good moments though and that kept me coming back. This book is the start of the series and I know that the second one is going to be tons better. One thing that bothered me was Morgan is 16 years old but I kept thinking she was older, maybe that’s what the author wanted us to think. I guess she did have to grow up fast to protect herself and her brother. Morgan gets the shock of her life when she finds out about the things that go bump in the night and that she is part of a prophecy. The ending of this book was great! I loved how it ended and it promising for awesome things in the next book. The second one is going to be more action packed bc I think that they will finally have a show down. I’d like to meet the lizard lady and her daughters as well. That seems like it’s going to play an important part in the next book or books. Can’t wait to read it!

Overall The Hunter’s Moon is packed with sexy wolves, murderous panthers, and a prophecy that has been in the making for centuries.

Quote: "In every bad thing, there is something to cherish. "

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles, and nonfiction about gardening, herbal lore, and country life.


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