Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cover Characteristic #10: Face in the Sky

Hey everyone! This is a meme that was created by the folks over at Sugar and Snark called "Cover Characteristic" and here are the rules for this meme:

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

This week's theme is: Face in the Sky!

1.  The Creep: King of the serial killers by John T. Foster:  This is my pick of the week! I just loved the mysterious and frightening look of the face overlooking the city!

2. Slated (Slated #1) by Teri Terry : Such a lovely cover with a woman's face overlooking the city below her!

3. Jump Into the Sky Shelley Pearsall: Such a powerful looking cover of a girl looking with uncertainty on her face and you can see the plane hovering around her face which gives it a mysterious feel.

4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: This one is a pure classic and I just loved seeing the disembodied eyes overlooking a city!

5. The Vampire's Curse (Things in the Night #1) by Mandy Rosko  : This was my second pick of the week and I just loved how beautiful the couple looks kissing over the city.

Next Week's Theme:

Marilyn Monroe

New Releases on the Horizon #23: June 25, 2017 - July 1, 2017

Hey everyone!  I just started this new thing on my blog called "New Releases on the Horizon!"  It's where I list all the new books being release throughout the year and I choose from 10 books that I have the most interest in checking out and I also will list the dates the books will be released and where you can find them if you are interested.

So, be on the lookout for some new books on the horizon!

Expected Publication: June 27th, 2017 by Delacorte Press  

Aftercare Instructions by onnie Pipkin  
Expected Publication:  June 27th, 2017 by Flatiron  

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak   
Expected Publication:  June 27th, 2017 by HarperTeen   

Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn  
Expected Publication:  June 27th, 2017 by Kensington  

The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young   
Expected publication: June 27th, 2017 by Harlequin Teen 

Expected publication:  June 27th, 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks  

Expected publication:  June 27th, 2017 by Zebra   

The Waking Land by Callie Bates 
Expected publication:  June 29th, 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton 

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz

Genre:  Short Stories / Horror / Drama / Monsters

Year Published: 1984

Year Read:  2017

HarperCollins Publishers

Now, I have been introduced to Alvin Schwartz’s works before through his famous and controversial “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” series and after I found out that Alvin Schwartz had written another pair of horror stories for children called “In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories,” of course I had to give this series a whirl!

This is a collection of horror stories for children and there is a total of seven stories being told in this book.  The stories featured in this collection are:

  1. The Teeth
  2. In the Graveyard
  3. The Green Ribbon
  4. In a Dark, Dark Room
  5. The Night it Rained
  6. The Pirate
  7. The Ghost of John

Wow!  Alvin Schwartz really knows how to create stories that are both scary and tame for any child and all of these horror stories contain a mixture of humor and horror that made me both smile and cringe at the same time.  I loved the fact that Alvin Schwartz did some research on these stories and allows the readers to understand where these stories came from as he mentions it in the “Where the Stories Come From” section at the end of the book as I wanted to know where these stories came from.  I also enjoyed many of the stories in this book with my favorites being “The Green Ribbon” and “In a Dark, Dark Room” as I believe that those are the creepiest stories in this collection, especially “The Green Ribbon!”  Dirk Zimmer’s artwork conveys both horror and comedy in this book as the characters have exaggerated features which includes some of the characters have large noses and wide eyes and I also loved the way that the characters look so pale and frightened in most of the images as it shows what kind of horrors the readers will be introduced to when they start reading this book!

The reason why I took off a half point from the star rating was because I felt that there were too many abrupt endings in each story and I wanted to see some closure in these stories, although given the short length of this book, that was to be expected.  Also, even though I have enjoyed Alvin Schwartz’s work on “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” I felt that this collection of horror stories was not as scary as “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” Maybe it is because the artwork was not as scary as Stephen Gammell’s artwork in “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” and that took away the creepiness of the stories, although stories like “The Green Ribbon” still remained creepy no matter how the illustrations looked like.

Overall, “In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories” is a great collection of horror stories that children will gladly enjoy during Halloween time!  I would recommend this book to children ages six and up since there are some scary stories in this book that might creep out younger readers.

*  1992 North Carolina Children's Book Award

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The Sunday Post Meme (92)

Hey everybody! I am participating in a book meme called the Sunday Post which is being hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!The goal of this meme is to share news you have  on various books and things you’ve read or received and also talk about what is coming up for your blog! Book hauls can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books and you can share these finds with other book bloggers!

Hello everyone!  As you may have noticed, I haven't posted a lot this week and I have to say that a lot has happened to me this past week, so I would like to lay it out in three ways:

1.  I was having issues with my internet connection due to a lighting storm hitting our internet connection and causing the internet to go out during the whole week. So, I wasn't able to post anything last week due to our internet connection going out and I'm hoping that this time, the internet connection will stay on.

2. My dad's birthday was on Monday and we celebrated by going out to Texas Roadhouse and getting ourselves some steaks, which my dad was really happy with!  Also, we managed to watch Captain America: Civil War at home and we really enjoyed that movie! Now, I definitely can't wait to watch the Avengers: Infinity Wars movie to see what happens next!

3.  Last but definitely not least, me and my sister finally got a chance to watch "Wonder Woman" in theaters on Saturday and I have to say that it was one of the best movies I have ever seen recently in theaters!  It actually makes me pumped up for "Justice League" coming this fall, although I hope that the Justice League movie is as good as "Wonder Woman!"

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Posted on Sunday, June 25, 2017.

Book Photo Sundays #35: June 25, 2017

Hello everyone! Welcome to "Book Photo Sundays" where you get the chance to showcase photos of your books, bookshelves and book conventions you have gone to!  The goal of this book meme is to basically just post up a photo of the various books you have read or your book hauls on your blog and link back here so that way everyone can check out your wonderful book photos!  You can get your book photos through your Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Iphone or any other account where you can get your photos!


So let's get started!

Here's my book of Everything Everything!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

No, David! by David Shannon

Genre:  Manners / Children / Humor / Behavior 

Year Published: 1998

Year Read:  2008

The Blue Sky Press

Series: David #1

“No, David!” is David Shannon’s first book of the “David” series and has won the Caldecott Honor Book Award, which it richly deserves that honor.  This book details the adventures of David being bad while his mother continually tells him: “NO, DAVID!” 

David Shannon’s first attempt at making the “David” series is truly a masterpiece to this very day.  David Shannon’s writing style is memorable as he writes in a simple preschool format that is easy enough for readers at a young age could relate to as he details David’s mischievous adventures.  David Shannon’s illustrations are truly inspiring as he illustrates David with a large head and sharp teeth and his gleeful expressions as he seemly enjoys the mischief that he causes.  

“No, David!” is one of David Shannon’s finest children’s books ever created and is surely to make anyone laugh out loud whenever they witness David’s mischief in the household and making his mother go crazy when she keeps telling him, “NO, DAVID!”  Even though this book might entice bad behavior towards children, it is suitable for children ages four and up since the vocabulary and the writing style are simple to read for any preschooler.

* 1999 Caldecott Honor
* 1999 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award
* 2000 Flicker Tale Children's Book Award
* 2001 Buckaroo Book Award
* 2001 Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award for Grades K-3

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