Who was: The Puffin Keeper

by Michael Morpurgo

Pub Date 15 Feb 2022

Michael Morpurgo became known to so many through the book and play editions of War Horse. But, Mr. Murpurgo is not a one trick pony. He has written many other books for children, of which this is the latest.

The illustrations and story work so well together here. The tale is simply and beautifully told while the pictures are most gorgeous and engaging.

Early in the book, readers meet Benjamin Postelwhaite, lighthouse keeper of Puffin Island (near the Scilly Isles). One night, his light isn’t enough to help a ship. Benjamin ventures out in his small boat when he sees the situation and saves thirty (!) people, including the story’s narrator, Allen Williams. After the rescue, Benjamin was kind to Allen and gave him one of his artworks. Allen always treasured and kept this painting with him.

Readers learn about where Allen and his mother were going that night and how they subsequently fared. There were clearly challenges for Allen and his mother. Still, he always remembered Benjamin. Will they meet again? Adults and children both will enjoy finding out the answer to this question.

I so highly recommend this chapter book. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for it. All opinions are my own.

PS The author thought about Penguin and Puffin books when writing this story.

Grammar matters: Have You Eaten Grandma?

Or, the Life-Saving Importance of Correct Punctuation, Grammar, and Good English

by Gyles Brandreth

Anyone who finds grammar either tedious or irrelevant needs to take a look at this humorous and helpful book. They will see grammar differently for sure. Also, those who are capable grammarians will enjoy the witty examples that are included here.

A few examples:

On a school computer:

We’re going to learn to cut and paste kids.

Hmm, I think that a comma is needed here.

Another that shows it matters how a sentence is punctuated:

The men, who were handsome, found partners. Compare that to The men who were handsome found partners.

You get the idea.

While there is much wit to be found here, this book also offers serious grammar guidance. Writing correctly matters; here is a chance to learn how to do just that.

This book reminds me of Eats Shoots and Leaves but, even those who have read that, can enjoy this title. I am going to and hope to finally master my bete noir, the comma.

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

It can be done! Rebel Girls Powerful Pairs

25 Tales of Mothers and Daughters

by Rebel Girls

#RebelGirlsPowerfulPairs #NetGalley Pub Date 08 Feb 2022

The Rebel Girls series offers up the life stories of women who are accomplished in many different fields. An example of an earlier title is Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World. These are books that are designed to inspire girls and to remind them that there is no limit to what they can try and do.

This latest entry in the series looks at mother daughter pairs and this may make it a great title for adult and child to look at together. Just some of the duos featured here include Beyonce and Ivy Blue; Emmeline Pankhurst and daughters Sylvia and Christabel; Sarah and Sally Kettle; and Laurie Strand and Adriana. There are hikers, biotech people, authors, scientists and more.

There are additional suggested activities included at the end of the book. These include write your story, draw your portrait and more dun together. As an additional bonus there is also information about an app where longer stories can be heard.

The book is beautifully illustrated with art and story complementing each other. There are a number of illustrators, each of whom shares their vision.

I highly recommend this latest entry in the series. It is a fun, inspiring look at some mother-daughter pairs who represent many interests, backgrounds and ethnicities.

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

Some e book bargains for 1.15.22

Legally Blonde
Saratoga Trunk
We Are All Made of Stars
I very much enjoyed this bittersweet novel when I read it.
When the Heart Waits
I Feel Bad About My Neck
Rules for Visiting
Death and the Joyful Woman
The Light We Left Behind
Moving Is Murder
This title is part of a good English series. Each entry combines a case from the past with one that is more current. I enjoy the regular cast of characters.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (FSG Clas...
I read this one for a class and it was amazing. It is highly readable and so interesting about medicine, religion and culture as they intersect.
Through a Glass, Darkly (Commissario Brunetti Book 15)
Scales of Justice: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #18
Lord Peter Views the Body: A Collection of Mysteries (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 4)
The Felse Investigations Volume One: Fallen into the Pit, Death and the Joyful Woman, and Flight of a Witch

Such an interesting woman: The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post

A Novel

by Allison Pataki

#TheMagnificentLivesofMarjoriePost #NetGalley Pub Date 15 Feb 2022 |

Readers of historical fiction, mark your calendars for this books release date. It is fabulous.

Allison Pataki tells the story of Marjorie Merriweather Post from her childhood right on through her “many lives.” She was a daughter, wife (multiple times), mother, key part of Post (later known as General) Foods, society woman, charitable worker and donor, ambassador’s wife, builder of multiple estates and more. The pages just flew as I followed Marjorie through her life.

Readers will travel with Marjorie to many locations. Among these are Battle Creek, Washington DC, Manhattan, the Adirondacks, Palm Beach (Mar-a-Lago) and Moscow. Readers experience Marjorie’s own experiences in each of these places.

Relationships were a big part of Marjorie’s life. No spoiler so I won’t write about how many times she married or who her husbands or children were.

I so highly recommend this book to those who enjoy historical fiction. It is one of the best that I have read in this genre.

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