A variety of fathers and their children enjoy activities together in this simple story with bright, colorful and likeable illustrations. Whether it is working together, playing together or getting ready for bed, life is fun for parents and children when they spend time together. This is a nice read for a child and a dad to enjoy together.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this appealing picture book. Since I read an e-galley, I missed out on lifting the flaps but you won’t have to!
Truman the Dog is a beginning chapter book that is sure to engage new readers who love dogs. With short chapters, appealing illustrations (some seemingly by the narrator), and action it is sure to appeal. See what happens when Truman enters a foster family and reacts. Watch him with his foster family and the family dog as they interact.
Young readers will enjoy the refrain, “Oh Truman, you found trouble.” Along with Kaita, young readers will wonder about where Truman will next live.
Your heart will definitely be warmed as you get to know this pup and family.
There are a number of bonus sections in the back including suggestions about drawing, meeting the real Kaita who was the basis for the girl in the story and more information about fostering.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an engaging beginning reader. All opinions are my own.
The Jane Jacobs book is a classic. Peter Robinson’s mystery series is an excellent one.
This book will be published in the summer and is a welcome re-issue of a title by Jenny Colgan. This author’s novels are always involving and heart warming.
In this one, Anna (who works in the chocolate industry in England) suffers a freak accident. While recuperating, she reconnects with her old French teacher, Claire. Claire encourages Anna to go to Paris where Anna takes a position in a very different chocolate business. Anna’s ups and downs form part of the story. The other and equally engaging story is Claire’s. The reader learns about the choices she made when younger and her feelings about them.
Jenny Colgan writes novels that tug at the heart strings and leave readers feeling satisfied. That is certainly the case in this novel.
Many thanks to Sourcebooks and NetGalley for a lovely time in Paris. All opinions are my own.
Set mostly in Paris and intertwining two main voices, this sweet confection by best-selling Colgan (Amanda’s Wedding, 2001) is heartwarming and funny. Anna Trent is 30 when she is bizarrely injured at her job in a chocolate factory in the north of England. Her difficult hospital recovery is only brightened by the unexpected presence of her high-school French teacher, Claire, who harbors memories of the path not taken in her youth. Recognizing in Anna a kindred spirit who needs prodding to fully embrace life, Claire suggests Anna take a job with a renowned chocolatier in Paris, the larger-than-life Thierry Girard. Anna travels to Paris and discovers an eye-opening world. As Anna alternately stumbles and soars through her new days, her story unfolds alongside Claire’s, who had her own Parisian adventure in 1972. Romantic love and loss outline each character’s story as she painfully yet fully grows from her experiences. Delightful and compassionate, this will resonate with readers of women’s fiction. Chocolate recipes from the author, listed in the back of the book, add to its charm. –Julie Trevelyan
This book contains a series of short comic strips, each of which ends with the phrase “Oh No.” Who knew that there were so many things that one could say “Oh No” to. Some strips are about the personal while others poke at corporations. A few examples (minus the illustrations)
They say to write from real experience. (Picture of diary with days saying “Did nothing.”) Oh no.
I have made an offspring. I will do my best to raise them well.
Later: You messed me up (from child) Oh no.
If wry humor appeals to you, give this collection a try.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions are my own.