Book Review: The Magician’s Elephant by Kate Dicamillo #BookReview #ChildrensBooks

The Magician’s Elephant

By Kate DiCamillo

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My thoughts on this book:

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo is a mysterious and magical story about a boy named Peter who has been orphaned, and the unlikely appearance of an elephant who helps him find his way.

The story takes place in the city of Baltese, which is filled with people of different classes. It’s a cold and very dark winter with minimal sunshine. Peter currently lives with his guardian–a soldier named Vilna who fought in war alongside Peter’s father. Sadly, Peter’s mother died just after the birth of his baby sister. Even though Peter has been told that his sister also died at birth, he has a subtle remembrance of her crying and feels that she may still be alive.

One day, after being sent to the marketplace to purchase food, Peter discovers a fortuneteller. He asks the fortuneteller of his sister, and indeed, he’s told that she lives.

“You must follow the elephant,” said the fortune teller. “She will lead you there.”

Peter is shocked, excited, and also confused. Could this really be true? Why has he been lied to all these years? Peter knows he must find the elephant and attempt to locate his sister, but he can’t do it alone.

I really enjoyed the way the characters were written in this story; there’s enough left open to let the reader imagine. When I first started reading this with my kids, we were all reading intently, but without a whole lot of amusement my kids became disinterested. We still wanted to disvover what would happen with Peter and the other characters, but the story fell a little flat for us. Don’t get me wrong, the book is written well and it’s beautiful at times with themes of love, forgiveness, and most of all, hope.

“Looking out over the city, Peter decided that it was a terrible and complicated thing to hope, and that it might be easier, instead, to despair.”

I did love the ending (although predictable) with how each of the characters were impacted by the elephant and essentially changed. It had a nice conclusion. We also loved the illustrations. This was an enjoyable read that I’ll still recommend.

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Book Review: Savage Sam (Old Yeller #2) by Fred Gibson #SavageSam #BookReview #VintageBooks

Savage Sam (Old Yeller #2)

by Fred Gipson

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My thoughts on this book:

After reading Old Yeller a few weeks ago, my children were eager to get right into the sequel Savage Sam. It became apparent to us right away that this book was going to be very different from Old Yeller. Continue reading “Book Review: Savage Sam (Old Yeller #2) by Fred Gibson #SavageSam #BookReview #VintageBooks”

Book Review: Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success by Shawn Stevenson #SleepSmarter #BookReview #Health

Sleep Smarter

By Shawn Stevenson

My thoughts:

Finding this book was like a stroke of luck for me and I was really excited to get into it. After attempting to repair my sleep habits months ago, there were still multiple things I was doing wrong. Continue reading “Book Review: Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success by Shawn Stevenson #SleepSmarter #BookReview #Health”

This Week’s Children’s Books: The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett – Moon River by Johnny Mercer – Little Otter Learns to Swim by Artie Knapp – Blue Rider by Geraldo Valério #ChildrensBooks #BookReview

Here are some of the children’s books we enjoyed this week…

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The Snowy Nap

by Jan Brett

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Book Review: Geekerella (Once Upon a Con #1) by Ashley Poston #BookReview #Fiction #YoungAdult #Retelling #2019ReadingChallenge

Geekerella

By Ashley Poston

My thoughts on this book:

This is such a cute and clever story!

Ever since Elle was little, she’s loved a Sci-Fi TV series called Starfield. Her parents also loved the show and her dad actually started a convention called ExcelsiCon for Starfield fans. Now, there’s a Starfield reboot with new actors and a chance to enter a cosplay contest. Winners of the contest will get a chance to attend the ExcelsiCon Ball and meet the new actor playing the part of Prince Carmindor. Elle knows she must enter the contest because she’s an ultimate fangirl and lives for Starfield. The big problem is that Elle’s stepmother is bitter about anything that doesn’t benefit her and she hates Starfield. Elle will have to find a way to make this happen on her own and without her stepmom finding out.

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Book Review: Comet Rising (Shadow Weaver #2) by MarcyKate Connolly #BookReview #NetGalley #CometRising #ShadowWeaver

Comet Rising

by MarcyKate Connolly

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My thoughts on this book:

We read Shadow Weaver last year and really enjoyed it, so we were excited to get into the sequel, Comet Rising. Even though I requested this from NetGalley and was approved, we also bought a copy for our home library.

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Book Review: The Shadows We Hide (Joe Talbert #2) by Allen Eskens #BookReview #TheShadowsWeHide #Fiction

The Shadows We Hide (Joe Talbert #2)

By Allen Eskens

My thoughts on this book:

I read The Life We Bury a few years ago and loved it. Naturally, I was ecstatic to see that Allen Eskins came out with this sequel The Shadows We Hide. This second book definitely met my expectations. Continue reading “Book Review: The Shadows We Hide (Joe Talbert #2) by Allen Eskens #BookReview #TheShadowsWeHide #Fiction”

Saturday’s Kitchen Book Review: From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes From Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen by Snoop Dogg #BookReview #CookBook #SnoopDogg

Hello, lovely friends! Welcome back to another Saturday’s Kitchen, where I share with you some cookbooks and recipes from our Saturday cooking adventures. Today I’m going to talk about a cookbook I purchased for my 18-year-old son for Christmas. We’ve made some delicious recipes from this book and you can read my review of the book and see our recipe results below.

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