Learn about Vincent: Vincent Van Gogh (Brownridge) #PortraitOfAnArtistVincentVanGogh #NetGalley

This book is part of a series on artists. I have read the one on Frida Kahlo, which was well done, and now there is an entry of Van Gogh. This short book does an excellent job of telling the story of Van Gogh’s life and work. Young readers will learn about Vincent’s struggle to find what he wanted to do; for example, they will read that Van Gogh was a minister for a time before becoming an artist. Van Gogh’s mental health issues are included in an honest, but not too detailed, way. Readers will also learn about Van Gogh’s brother Theo and his relationship with Paul Gauguin. And of course, there is the art! The illustrations are vibrant and many of the artist’s works are found on these pages. This book should be a welcome entry for a school collection on artists for young readers.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book in exchange for an honest review.


From the Publisher

Recently published: Amelia Earhart (Prentice)

This book is the first in a new series. The story of Amelia Earhart is told in a combination of straight text and more cartoon like illustrations. Children who want to learn about living one’s dream or who are interested in aviation or women’s history, will enjoy this chapter book.

The story starts with young Amelia aka Millie’s early years. She was not like the other girls that she knew; Amelia wanted to dress as she wished and to have adventures. At times, she did not fit in. Amelia was also plagued by issues in her family. While her father loved her, he had his own struggles with unemployment and alcohol. Nonetheless, he tried to help Amelia to do the things that she wanted.

Before taking to flying, Amelia witnessed the plight of WWI veterans and did nursing. She enrolled at Columbia University where she hoped to study medicine. However, when her family needed her, she returned to California. It was there that she took her first flight and, as we know, over time became a part of history. Amelia’s accomplishments were great. The mystery of her last flight has still not been solved.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this interesting read in return for an honest opinion I now know more about this famous aviatrix than I did.

Now out: A History of Art in 21 Cats (Gould)

A History of Art in 21 Cats: From the Old Masters to the Modernists, the Moggy as Muse: an illustrated guideThis book is very clever, funny and yet full of art history. It is a wonderful way to learn about or review art movements. The facts are well researched while the art reflects each period. Covering everything from Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, Fauvism, De Stijl to Abstract Impressionism and more, the book provides a thorough introduction to art movements. I even learned about several art periods that I did not know including CoBrA and the Young British Artists.

For each era, there is one large and other smaller illustrations. There are sections of the painting techniques and the artists of each movement. For example, the Fauves use of bright colors and collage are noted. For this section the illustration is of a cat that could have been painted by Matisse. For on Pop Art there are cat food cans that are recognizable as being in Warhol’s style. At the end of the book there is a timeline which provides a helpful additional reference.

I will enjoy going back to this book time and again. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the fun and informative read.

Here is the publisher’s description for readers’ additional a-mews-ment:

Become litter-ate in the basics of important art movements through a host of beautifully illustrated cats, each one inspired by a specific period in art hiss-tory: Surrealism, Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, Ancient Egyptian (of course), and many more. From Claude Meow-net to Jackson Paw-llock, these creative cats will introduce you to key themes and artists you won’t soon fur-get. Purr-haps even inspiring you to make your own version!

A couple of e book bargains for August 17, 2019


Help, Thanks, WowAmerican Princess

I think that Anne Lamott is very wise.  This book of hers is on sale today.

From Booklist

Inspiriting, trenchant, and funny, best-selling Lamott takes an imaginative do-it-yourself approach to spirituality in her disarming and stirring essays. Unabashedly emotional yet practical and sharply attuned to the absurdities and tragedies of life, she focuses on prayer in this mighty little volume, defining it as “communication from the heart to that which surpasses understanding.” If you are uncomfortable addressing God, Lamott suggests praying to “the Good.” The point is to make contact with “the Real, with Truth, with the Light.” To take a moment to focus and breathe. She cites three basic themes. Asking for help, she writes, “is the first great prayer.” Giving thanks is essential, and not only when things are going well. One also benefits from summoning gratitude for hard truths and tough challenges. “Wow” is the joyful expression of wonder in response to astonishing moments great and small. With a stand-up comic’s snap and pop, candid and righteous Lamott tells hilarious and wrenching tales about various predicaments that have sparked her prayers and inspired her to encourage others to pray anytime, anywhere, and any way. –Donna Seaman
[A] prayer manual for people who wouldn’t be caught dead reading prayer manuals… anybody who gets it as a holiday gift will likely just say, ‘Thanks. Wow.’” —Publishers Weekly

“A refreshingly simple approach to spiritual practice in a pint-sized reflection on prayer… Lamott manages to deftly convey the idea that in trying to control things, we’ve largely lost our ability to see the good and the miraculous in everyday life… there’s more here than meets the eye.” —Kirkus Reviews

American Princess is about Alice Roosevelt who was quite the character. Enjoy getting to know her in this historical novel.
“The wild, wonderful, outsize personality of presidential daughter Alice Roosevelt is on full and fantastic display in this lightly fictionalized take on her unapologetic, unconventional life….Alice herself would undoubtedly have loved this take on her unorthodox life—as will the many destined to read it.”—Publishers Weekly

“An absorbing portrait of a woman who lived life on her own terms.”—Booklist

“Readers will be enthralled by Alice’s wit and adventures…as Thornton expertly weaves the events of her life.”—Library Journal

For those who sew: Sew Cute Quilts and Gifts (Matsuyama)

I would be the first to say that I have no talent for sewing.  I still remember my skirt and jumper from home ec in seventh and eighth grades; neither was a great success.  So, I am not sure that I would be successful in making these projects but I can tell you that they are so cheerful and appealing that just looking through the book was a delight.

The author describes her works as “happy and lovely,” as indeed they are.  There are instructions for making a number of bags and pouches and also decorative objects for the home.  The directions appear to be detailed and helpful.

I enjoyed looking through this book and feel inspired.  Maybe you will too.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book in exchange for an honest review.

Time to Laugh: The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids (Roman) #TheBigBookOfSillyJokesForKids #NetGalley

This book, that is a compilation of many, many jokes is sure to please kids with a sense of humor. A few examples:

What kind of haircuts do bees get? Buzzzz cuts

What do you call Santa when he stops moving? Santa Pause

What has to be broken before you can use it? An egg

I call my horse mayo and sometimes Mayo neighs.

The book is divided into sections including Q and A, Knock, knock jokes, tongue twisters, puns, riddles and more. As a bonus there are introductions to the various types of jokes and some fun facts.

So, have some fun, tell some jokes and enjoy this book. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this e galley in exchange for an honest review.