This Week’s Children’s Book Reviews: Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home – The Addams Family – I Hate My Cats (A Love Story) – The Big Book of Beasts – Karl, Get Out of the Garden! – Winter Shadow #ChildrensBooks #BookReviews

Hey, guys! I haven’t posted children’s books for so long, but after chatting about it yesterday with a fellow blogger, I realized how much I’ve missed doing these. Hopefully you can find some books here for your children to enjoy. 🙂


Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home

By Guojing

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Stormy is a must-read for any dog lover. We picked this up because we read the author’s other book The Only Child which quickly became one of our favorites.

This wordless picture book has the most captivating illustrations. You can expect the same colorful, eye-catching artwork from the cover throughout the entire book. The story is about a little dog who appears to be lost and homeless. He’s very fearful and unsure of human contact. A girl who runs into him at a park takes interest and tries to coax him with a ball, but to no avail. After a few days of persistence, the little dog finally follows her home and a rainstorm develops. What will happen to this poor little dog? Will the girl ever see him again?

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This book is beautifully illustrated and kept our interest from front to back. It never ceases to amaze me how an author can craft a story with no words–one so powerful that has such an emotional effect on people. The kids and I had a lot of emotion reading it and after discussing it, we ended up reading it multiple times again. This book deals with trust, fear, loneliness, love, perseverance, and kindness. It may be recommended for ages 3-7, but it’s truly a book for all dog lovers of any age.

We enjoy wordless picture books and this is definitely one we’ll keep. Highly recommend! We’ll always be on the lookout for more books by Guojing.

  • Age Range: 3 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (September 17, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1524771767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1524771768

The Addams Family: An Original Picture Book: Includes Lyrics to the Iconic Song!

By Vic Mizzy, Lissy Marlin (illustrations)
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This book is basically The Addams Family theme song along with some really cool illustrations. There aren’t many lyrics at all, so this is largely a picturebook. All my kids enjoyed it, and I appreciated the nostalgia because I grew up watching the show. This is really helpful to teach kids the song. If they’ve never heard it though, the audio would be best to go along with it.

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Flower Friday: Sedums and Rigby the Cat #FlowerFriday #BlackCat #CatsofTwitter #Kitten #Sedums

I wasn’t going to post Flower Friday today because I posted a book review, but I thought I’d share a quick picture of our landscaping sedums sheltering Rigby.

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Shabby Sunday: Old Yeller by Fred Gibson – 1956 – #ShabbySunday #BookReview #VintageBooks

Shabby Sunday

I have a bunch of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every now and then sharing one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.

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Last week I shared:

Andersen’s Fairy Tales – Illustrated by Arthur Szyk – 1945

Today’s shabby share is:

Old Yeller by Fred Gibson

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Book Review: The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa #BookReview @BerkleyPub

The Traveling Cat Chronicles

by

Hiro Arikawa

(Translator – Philip Gabriel)

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From Goodreads:

Sometimes you have to leave behind everything you know to find the place you truly belong… 

Nana the cat is on a road trip. He is not sure where he’s going or why, but it means that he gets to sit in the front seat of a silver van with his beloved owner, Satoru. Side by side, they cruise around Japan through the changing seasons, visiting Satoru’s old friends. He meets Yoshimine, the brusque and unsentimental farmer for whom cats are just ratters; Sugi and Chikako, the warm-hearted couple who run a pet-friendly B&B; and Kosuke, the mournful husband whose cat-loving wife has just left him. There’s even a very special dog who forces Nana to reassess his disdain for the canine species.

But what is the purpose of this road trip? And why is everyone so interested in Nana? Nana does not know and Satoru won’t say. But when Nana finally works it out, his small heart will break… Continue reading “Book Review: The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa #BookReview @BerkleyPub”

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo: Book Review #UltimateReadingChallenge July

Because of Winn Dixie

by Kate DiCamillo

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From Goodreads:

Kate DiCamillo’s beloved, best-selling debut novel is now available in a paperback digest edition.

Kate DiCamillo’s first published novel, like Winn-Dixie himself, immediately proved to be a keeper — a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor winner, the inspiration for a popular film, and most especially, a cherished classic that touches the hearts of readers of all ages. It’s now available in a paperback digest format certain to bring this tale’s magic to an even wider circle of fans. Continue reading “Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo: Book Review #UltimateReadingChallenge July”

The Doggie in the Window: How One Beloved Dog Opened My Eyes to the Complicated Story Behind Man’s Best Friend by Rory Kress – Book Review – #NGEW2018 #TheDoggieintheWindow #Edelweiss

The Doggie in the Window: How One Beloved Dog Opened My Eyes to the Complicated Story Behind Man’s Best Friend

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Rory Kress

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From Goodreads: 

When Rory Kress began to wonder where her beloved Wheaten Terrier, Izzie, had really come from, she had no idea of the horrors she would uncover. With stunning insight and tenacity, Kress launches an investigation into the harsh realities of the American dog-breeding industry, exposing troubling ties to factory farming and big agriculture.

From a pet shop on Long Island to the puppy mills of rural Missouri, from the author’s own living room to a ride-along with a dog rescue organization, The Doggie in the Window is a must-read for all dog owners and a call to action for improving the lives of man’s best friend. Continue reading “The Doggie in the Window: How One Beloved Dog Opened My Eyes to the Complicated Story Behind Man’s Best Friend by Rory Kress – Book Review – #NGEW2018 #TheDoggieintheWindow #Edelweiss”