How do we? Stop that Virus!

by words&pictures

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Even the youngest children listen to what the adults around them say. So, no doubt, they have been hearing the word virus. This title with its lively illustrations will be welcomed by families. It helps young children to understand how the body fights a virus and how a person gets better.

This title will offer reassurance to many children while a few might need to understand that these small figures that look somewhat like people are not really inside them. All will know that their bodies work to keep them safe and healthy

Many thanks to NetGalley for this title. All opinions are my own.

Pub date: November 10, 2020

Tales to intrigue: The Big Book of Espionage

by Otto Penzler

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No one does an anthology better than Otto Penzler of the Mysterious Bookshop. His anthologies are filled with stories; this one is no exception coming in at over 800 pages. This may make it the perfect gift for someone that you know this holiday season. They will be immersed in tales that will keep them going for a while.

The book starts with an essay on espionage in its glamorous fictional guise. It is pointed out that the lives of real spies may be a bit more dull. Then come the stories. They are by writers well and less well known and cover historical eras including The Great War, World War II, “Other Terrors, Other Battles,” and The Cold War. Some of the many authors included are W. Somerset Maugham, John Buchan, Edgar Wallace, Eric Ambler, Erle Stanley Gardner, Joseph Finder, Sara Paretsky and Ian Fleming, among others.

This is a great book for you or someone on your gift list. Highly recommended.

Pub date: November 17, 2020

Recently published:

Thoughts of Dog

by Matt Nelson

This most sweetly illustrated title tells about the daily life of a dog (who seems much like a toddler), his “fren,” who is a stuffed elephant and their human. There are some adventures at home as well as in the wider world. There are movie nights, trips to the beach, a special sharing of the elephant on a bad day and more. Readers will also be delighted to share holidays including July 4th and Halloween with this appealing dog friend.

Readers who are looking for a quick escape will enjoy spending time in the pretty good world of dog and his friends.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.

Four stars

Now out:

What Can You Do With a Color?

by Gülşah Yemen, illustrations : Çağrı Odabaşı

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This engagingly illustrated title provides a nice opportunity for the youngest children to learn about colors. They will learn about primary colors (red, yellow, blue), secondary colors (green, orange, purple) and colors that mix the two (turquoise, magenta, amber).

This book can be used as a picture book to teach colors. I think that it would also be great for the kids who read this book to have watercolors or finger paints so that they can experiment with creating colors of their own.

Encourage a little one that you know to become an artist! Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.

Four stars

Can you solve these? Sherlock Holmes Puzzles: Lateral Brain Teasers

100 Challenging Cross-Fitness Brain Exercises

by Pierre Berloquin

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The author of this puzzle book has been specializing in Sherlock Holmes related challenges. This one with lateral thinking puzzles offers 100 chances for readers to test their wits.

The book begins with a discussion of what lateral thinking is and then come the puzzles. They were a bit different for me as there was not always one clear solution. So, that has to be accepted in order to enjoy what follows. Let your inner Watson out and see how you do!

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.

A traditional mystery: Close Her Eyes

by Dorothy Simpson

In the 1980s Dorothy Simpson wrote a number of mystery/police procedural novels featuring Luke Thanet. Some have recently been reissued. This is welcome news to the author’s fans and a chance for new readers to enjoy stories that feature a likeable and recurring cast of characters.

Thanet is a good man who cares deeply about his cases, his family and his colleagues, especially Mike with whom he works closely. In this entry, Thanet is looking forward to a break but it is not meant to be. Instead he becomes involved in the case of Charity Pritchard and the religious grooup within which she has been raised. What happened to her? Who is responsible?

If you like traditional mysteries and don’t mind that the titles might seem a tiny bit dated (but so are all those glorious 30s mysteries), consider giving this book and series a try.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this read. All opinions are my own.

Recently published:

Your House, My House

by Marianne Dubuc

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The illustrations in this book are absolutely sure to charm! See the details of the animal families living in the apartment building. There are mice in triple bunk beds, the fox family eating breakfast and a hedgehog reading a book among others beginning their days. The illustrations change as the day goes on but remain completely adorable. As the day progresses, there will be a birthday party for rabbit, a fox will become a sibling and a cat family will move in. So much excitement.

This book is a winner. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

Five stars

From the publisher

Now out:

Kitty and Dragon

by Meika Hashimoto

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This beginning reader is playfully illustrated in a cartoon like style. The text is just right for early readers and has enough repetition and familiar words so that readers will feel competent as they make their way through the three stories in the book.

In the first, readers will find out why Kitty wanted a new home and how she met Dragon. Was she afraid? Can their friendship work? No spoiler really to say that they are perfect for one another and attentive to each other’s needs.

In the second story, children see how Dragon cares for Kitty when she gets a bad cold while in the third Kitty and Dragon try to find the right balance between messy and neat. All three stories look like fun, humorous reads for the book’s intended audience.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.

Four stars