Saturday, October 29, 2016

Graphic Novel Review of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein by Pete Katz

Read for: Graphic Novel Challenge & Favorite book adaptation
Synopsis: An illustrated and abridged adaptation of Mary Shelley's original novel of Frankenstein.
My Review: I have long avoided any of the graphic novel adaptations of my all time favorite book because I don't think the art ever really captures what I imagine the creature to look like, well that was until I stumbled across this version by Pete Katz online. I ordered it hoping for the best based on the cover and was not disappointed! The art in this graphic novel really captures the dark, gothic theme of the book but also the beauty of it. The condensing of the story is also great, you don't feel like you are loosing anything out of the original story. This is really the best version of Frankenstein that I have come across (besides the original of course), illustrated or even movie!
My Rating: Finally someone who pictures the Creature the way I have and was able to illustrate it! I am so happy to have found this book and I highly recommend it as the GN version of Frankenstein to add to your shelf!  I give it a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Bedtime Story: Howl for Halloween by Nickelodeon Publishing

Read for: Children's book Challenge
Synopsis: "The puppies from Nickelodeon's PAW Patrol become ghost hunters when they throw a costume party on an old pirate ship. Boys and girls ages 3-7 will love this not-too-scary full-color storybook."

My Review: Munchkin was given a gift card for his birthday and this was one of the books he chose. This was a cute little Halloween book. It is the favorite Paw Patrol and it has a little bit of a spooky element but not enough to give those young fans nightmares. A fun and silly book that is perfect for a Halloween bedtime story.
My Rating: This is a great book for those little Paw Patrol fans or if you are just looking for a Halloween themed story that won't be too scary. We give it a rating of Four Paws!
Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

Beginning Reader Review of Pumpkin Day by Candice Ransom

Read for: Early Reader Challenge
Synopsis: "In this Step 1 Step into Reading early reader, a boy and his family visit a pumpkin patch to pick out perfect autumn gourds—just in time for Halloween! Buoyant rhymes and joyful art evoke the excitement of the season.

Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words for children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading. Rhyme and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story."

My Review: A perfect little fall/October beginning reader book. Munchkin just got to go pumpkin picking for the first time and this was a great book to spark further discussion. It is a great level one book with simple sentences, words, a nice storyline and easy rhymes. We really enjoyed this book and it was perfect to read several times throughout the month leading up to Halloween.
My Rating: We really enjoyed this book and it was a perfect fit for what was going on in life, it sparked extended conversations. We have read it many times throughout the month.  We give it a rating of Four Paws!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Quick Update

Hello my friends, I just wanted to give you a quick update so you don't think I disappear this week. I had planned on all kinds of posts with creepy Halloween style books but Munchkin clearly had other plans.
I am at home playing Momma nurse to a sick little boy, he has double ear infections, strep throat and this morning woke up with a rash that seems to indicate scarlet fever.  So instead of posting on here I will be administering meds, urging drinks and cuddling him while reading books or watching cartoons. I will be back here when I can but don't expect to be able to post until next week. 
In the mean time, stay healthy and enjoy your book adventures!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday Reading List

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Share what books you have finished in the last week, are currently reading and what might be coming up next!

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Links will take you to my review

Blizzard of the Blue Moon by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House)
Child of the Dark Prophecy: The Great Tree of Avalon by T. A. Barron
Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast
Saddle Up by Marie Rose Dufour (After Dark)
Mega Machines by Deborah Lock (Early Reader)
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson (Bedtime Story)
 Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

Pumpkin Day = 1pt
Bravest Dog Ever = 1pt
Secret Agent Mater = 1pt
How to Grow a Beard = 3pts
Frankenstein's Daughters = 5pts
Bear is Not Tired = 1pt
Dragon of the Red Dawn = 5pts
Frankenstein GN = 3pts
Full Time Father = 3pts

Currently Reading:

 Books to be Read Soon:

Tale of Elske by Cynthia Voigt


Total Points Earned
    315 points + 23 Points earned = 338 points

Total Points Earned this Year: 2128
Total Points Spent this Year: 884

Pages Read/ Time Listened
256:02 (10 days 16 hrs 02 mins) Hours Listened (8:03 listened this week)
39,767 Pages Read (800 this week)

Books Added to Shelves

Interesting Tidbits on the Web:


I had high hopes for last week but I had so much catch up to do both at work and at home (when you think about it I was only out of the office one day and only gone less than 50 hours but it seems like so much more). I really didn't get much reading done at all, even with Dewey's Readathon on Saturday, which I only got to participate in for a few hours.  Oh well, I knew it always gets a little crazy coming to the end of the year. 
I hope you had a great week last week and will have a book filled one this week (I certainly hope I do).

Sunday, October 23, 2016

One Lovely Blog Award

I was nominated by Kami over at Kami's Library Thoughts, thank you Kami!
Thank the person that tagged you and link to their blog
List the rules.
Share 7 interesting things about yourself
Nominate 10 blogs
List your nominees and link to their blog

7 Interesting Things About Me:
As many of you know, and share this with me, I am terrified of spiders, but did you know my other great fear is moose?! Yup, I am absolutely terrified, if I get enough notice I will climb in a vehicle or building, if I don't get away before I see them I totally freeze up.
When I first went to college I went in with plans to go into forensics or neurosurgery, so clearly that didn't pan out, chemistry is not my thing (and neither is calculus).
I have an extremely hard time letting books go, even the ones I don't like.  I got new shelves in May and boxed up a ton of books to donate, they made it into my car last month and they are still riding around in my trunk because I am worried that I might want to read one at some point again.
I don't eat chocolate. People are shocked about this all the time, I may have one or two tiny chocolate bars in a year but that is it. For some reason chocolate always gives me a headache, always has, so I stick to fruity candies like jelly beans or gummy bears.
I cannot handle spicy food. My husband makes fun of me all the time but anything over mild heat makes my mouth burn, my eyes water and my nose drip.
I could eat breakfast for every meal and be 100% happy. I love eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, bagels, fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, muffins, etc. love it all!
I am a complete homebody and introvert (as so many of us book lovers are) but other than the people I work with and immediate family, I could go weeks without interacting with other people. I often don't even see or talk to friends more than once or twice a month (probably makes me not such a great friend but they all seem to still love me anyway).
My Nominations:

Most of the people I would nominate have already been nominated or don't do these kind of things (and I don't want to make anyone uncomfortable or feel they have to participate)