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Picture Book Saturday: The Butt Book (Artie Bennett)

The Deets:
audience: wee ones
pages: 32
publisher: December 22nd 2009 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
ISBN: 9781599903118
genre: picture books
source: library book


Make way for the butt!


Tall butts, short butts, round butts, flat butts.
Butts on mummies and butts on mommies.
Butts on giraffes and elephants and dogs and… FISH?

Yes, even fish butts are celebrated in this tribute to backsides, rumps, tushies, keisters, heinies, and derrieres. Dozens of funny rhymes and pages of laugh-out-loud pictures pay homage to a body part that keeps kids and grown-ups giggling with glee.

Bottoms up!

If you couldn't tell, this book is all about butts... and not just big butts either! All butts are celebrated in this one. I have to go ahead and say, this was a HUGE hit at my house.

My 10-year-old son learned that the British call butts "bums". He was very impressed. I was ticked to see the poem about a glow worm used in the book. (I saw the same poem on a cave wall in New Zealand 11 years…

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop

It's time to do a little spring cleaning of the bookshelves! How lucky you are!

I love books. I can't deny it. So, I often end up buying duplicates of books without even realizing it. As I was cleaning out my shelves the other day, I found several duplicate copies. So, lucky for you, I'm offering them up in the Spring Cleaning Hop. Here is what is up for grabs: The origin of the universe, and all that is in it, has always been cause for wonder. For thousands of years, people have made up stories in an attempt to explain the beginning of humankind, the earth, and the cosmos. Beautifully told by Virginia Hamilton and splendidly illustrated by Barry Moser, In The Beginning is a collection of twenty-five creation myth stories that will engage and fascinate readers while introducing them to cultures around the world. Researched extensively by both author and illustrator, each story includes one or more illustrations - all stunning complements to the text. And each story is fol…

Minute review: Abandon (Meg Cabot)

The Deets:
audience: YA
pages: 304
publisher: April 26th 2011 by Point
ISBN: 9780545284103
genre: mytholody
source: my own copy



Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Unde…

Special feature: Irish books for St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patty's Day! Hope you're wearing a spot of green to avoid getting pinched.

To help celebrate my Irish roots, I thought it would be fitting to spotlight a few books with Irish influences. Maybe it's the setting, the characters, or a bit of mythology between the pages, but there is something Irish that makes these books worth mentioning on St. Patrick's Day.


A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd Dark Waters by Catherine MacPhail Hush: An Irish Princess Story by Donna Jo Napoli Finn Finnegan by Darby Karchut Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O'Shea What would a list of Irish themed books be without selkies? Click the image for more information about the book. 

The Lost Girl read-along: Week 3

We're on our way now! Part 2 baby! This week we are reading pages 102-163. That's the first 6 chapters of part 2 in The Lost Girl.


You have two assignments this week, so take your pick!


Your first challenge is to find a quote that speaks to you. What made you laugh out loud, chuckle to yourself, or just plain smile? Anything bring tears to your eyes, or make you shake your fist in anger? Tell us about it below!


Your second task requires some thinking.What is the significance of Mina Ma's story about the mongoose? Relating that story to the characters in the novel, who embodies the mongoose, the snake and the farmer?




For week 4, we will be continuing our reading of part 2 in The Lost Girl (pg 164-220). I will post the discussion questions next Sunday, so check back then to post! Remember, you get 2 entries in the giveaway for every comment you leave on the blog, plus an additional 1 entry for posting on the Facebook page (LINK HERE). So don't be shy! It doesn't matt…