Tuesday, October 30, 2018

[ARC REVIEW] This is a Whoopsie! by Andrew Cangelose

Title:  This is a Whoopsie!

Author:  Andrew Cangelose

Artist:  Josh Shipley 

Genre:  Children's / Humor / Animals

Year Published: 2018

Year Read:  2018

Publisher: Lion Forge

Source:  eARC (NetGalley)

Content Rating:  Ages 5+ (Nothing Objectionable)

Buy on:  Amazon  //  Book Depository

I would like to thank NetGalley and Lion Forge for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After reading “This is a Taco!” by Andrew Cangelose, along with artwork by Josh Shipley, I never would have thought that there would be another book from this series!  Enter “This is a Whoopsie!” and I automatically went to NetGalley and gave this new picture book a shot and man, was it one of the funniest books I had ever read!

Meet Whoopsie!  He is a moose!  And this book is supposed to teach children about moose and what their lifestyle is like in real life.  Unfortunately, Whoopsie is extremely clumsy and he is constantly falling over himself on each page.  After making too many mistakes, Whoopsie decides that he is not the right moose for the job.  But, his bluebird friend thinks differently.
Will Whoopsie find something that he is really good at?
Read this book to find out!

Wow!  Andrew Cangelose has done it again!  I just loved the way that Andrew Cangelose writes the humor in this book as it is full of wit and sarcasm and it just makes this book a treat to read through!  I also like the fact that this book has a more heartwarming tone than the previous book “This is a Taco!” did since this book focuses on the friendship between Whoopsie the Moose and the little bluebird who keeps helping him out.  Josh Shipley’s artwork is another aspect of the book that I really enjoyed as the artwork is humorous and creative to look at.  I especially loved the images of Whoopsie the Moose himself as he has a goofy expression, but he can also sport friendly expressions on his face whenever he is talking to the bluebird.

Overall, “This is a Whoopsie!” is a fantastic read for anyone who loves good humor and books about friendship and children will enjoy this book for many years!  I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book, unless smaller children would have trouble understanding the humor of this book.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #64: October 27, 2018

Stacking The Shelves is a book meme created by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and it is about sharing books that you are adding to your shelves, whether it's physical or virtual.  This means including books that you bought from the store or online, books you borrowed from friends or from the library, books you've reviewed, gifts and ebooks!

Hey everyone! I haven't done a Stacking the Shelves post for awhile now, so I definitely got a lot of book for this week!  I just got my box set for "Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children" and I just LOVED IT! It came with some photos from the series and I really loved the photos!  Meanwhile, Halloween is just around the corner and I have been watching some of my Halloween movies like "Halloweentown" and "Casper!"  I just recently bought "Beetlejuice," which I'm really happy about and I can't wait to start watching it during Halloween!

Books Received:

From Publisher (Virtual Book Tour):

From Owlcrate:

From Amazon:

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #110: Finding Baba Yaga by Jane Yolen

Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for!  This will also tie into Wishful Ending's Can't Wait Wednesday post!

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Title:  Finding Baba Yaga
Author:  Jane Yolen
Expected Publication Date:  October 30th, 2018

A young woman discovers the power to speak up and take control of her fate—a theme that has never been more timely than it is now…
You think you know this story.
You do not.
A harsh, controlling father. A quiescent mother. A house that feels like anything but a home. Natasha gathers the strength to leave, and comes upon a little house in the wood: A house that walks about on chicken feet and is inhabited by a fairy tale witch. In finding Baba Yaga, Natasha finds her voice, her power, herself....
A mythic yet timely novel-in-verse by the beloved and prolific author and poet Jane Yolen, “the Hans Christian Andersen of America.”

It's been awhile since I last read a book by Jane Yolen and the fact that she is writing a short novel about Baba Yaga has gotten me really interested!

So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

New Releases on the Horizon #50: October 21, 2018 - October 27, 2018

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!

Year of the Weeds by Siddhartha Sarma   
Expected Publication: October 22nd, 2018 by Duckbill Books and Publications Pvt Ltd.   

Imagine Us Happy by Jennifer Yu    
Expected Publication:  October 23rd, 2018 by Harlequin Teen  
(Contemporary / Mental Health) 

Watch You Burn by Amanda Searcy  
Expected Publication:  October 23rd, 2018 by Delacorte Press  
(Thriller / Mystery) 

Expected Publication:  October 23rd, 2018 by Live Edge Publishing 

That Night by Amy Giles  
Expected publication: October 23rd, 2018 by HarperTeen   
(Contemporary Romance) 

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth   
Expected publication:  October 23rd, 2018 by HarperTeen  

An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker   
Expected publication:  October 23rd, 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers   
(Historical Romance) 

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7)  by Sarah J. Maas  

Salt for Air by M.C. Frank    
Expected publication:  October 23rd, 2018 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays #33: The Five Chinese Brothers

Hey there!  Welcome to "Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays," a new feature on my blog where I discuss about some fairy tales and folktales I have read throughout the years. 

The Five Chinese Brothers


Type: Folktale

Country of Origin: China

Main Character Hero or Heroine: Heroes

Recommend?: Yes! 

Summary from the original story:

Once upon a time in China, there lived five brothers, who all look exactly alike and each brother also possess a special ability.  The first brother can swallow up the whole sea with no problem; the second brother has a neck that cannot be cut by swords; the third brother can stretch out his legs to long distances; the fourth brother cannot be burn by fire and the fifth brother can hold his breath for a long time.  One day, the first brother decided to go fishing and he decided to let a young boy go fishing with him.  As soon as they got to the sea, the first brother than started drinking up the sea so that the little boy can get the fish and treasures.  Unfortunately, the first brother was having trouble holding the sea in his mouth and he tried to alert the boy to come back to the shore, but the boy ignored the first brother and the first brother ended up spitting out the sea, drowning the boy.  When the town finds out what happened to the boy, the first brother is accused of murder and he is sentenced to death.  But then, the second brother ended up secretly taking the first brother's place and saves him from being beheaded.  But then the judge continues to try to execute one of the brothers, but each time, the brothers ended up taking each other's places, preventing the other from being executed.  Finally, the judge decided that the brother is innocent of the crime and the five brothers were able to go back home to their mother and live happily ever after.

I honestly really enjoyed this story, although my favorite version of this tale has always been the Rabbit Ears version!  I loved the fact that each Chinese brother is able to possess a different ability that is able to save each of them from being executed, as it reminded me a bit of the companions that accompanies the Fool in "The Fool and the Flying Ship!" As for the controversy surrounding the original book, I can understand why the original book drew so much controversy from some readers, as it seems to show a stereotypical depiction of the Chinese people in this story.  However, I still really enjoyed that story, even though I understand about the issues surrounding the stereotypical artwork.  If you want to check out a less controversial version of this story, check out the Rabbit Ears' version that has artwork by Kurt Vargo and "The Seven Chinese Brothers" by Margaret Mahy.

1. What kind of special abilities do you want to possess?

I definitely would like to possess the ability to fly since it would be pretty handy in getting to work on time!

2. Do you have any siblings?

Yes, I actually have a twin sister and a younger sister!

3. Do you think that the original story had some controversial artwork?

In a way, yes, I do think that the original story had some controversial artwork regarding how they portrayed the Chinese people, but I still enjoyed the story despite that.

The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop; illustrated by Kurt Wiese

The Seven Chinese Brothers by Margaret Mahy; illustrated by Jean and Mou-sien Tseng

The Five Chinese Brothers by Jonathan Rodgers; illustrated by Kurt Vargo

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship