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


The Butt BookMake 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 ago and thought it was hilarious.) My youngest (5), just loved the whole thing. The fact that butt was mentioned on every page had him giggling.

The Butt Book was a funny story all about butts with great pictures. Some of the scenes were so ridiculous, you couldn't help but laugh. The author and illustrator did a great job making a body part that is often looked down on something worthy of a book. Absolutely hilarious!


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:
In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the WorldThe 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 followed by author comments that tell about its origin.
The stories in this book reflect the wonderful range of the human imagination. In an Eskimo myth, for example, the first man pushes his way out of a pea pod. In a story from the Kono people of Guinea, death starts the world. A dramatic myth from China tells that the universe was originally in the shape of a hen's egg - and from this burst the first being.
To read the diverse beliefs of people around the world, both ancient and contemporary, broadens our understanding of others and strengthens our own spirituality. Intriguing, often humorous, and always fascinating, In The Begining is a memorable book for readers of all ages.


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 Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. They had been best friends since they were six, spending hot Minneapolis summers and cold Minneapolis winters together, dreaming of Hogwarts and Oz, superheroes and baseball. Now that they were eleven, it was weird for a boy and a girl to be best friends. But they couldn't help it - Hazel and Jack fit, in that way you only read about in books. And they didn't fit anywhere else.

And then, one day, it was over. Jack just stopped talking to Hazel. And while her mom tried to tell her that this sometimes happens to boys and girls at this age, Hazel had read enough stories to know that it's never that simple. And it turns out, she was right. Jack's heart had been frozen, and he was taken into the woods by a woman dressed in white to live in a palace made of ice. Now, it's up to Hazel to venture into the woods after him. Hazel finds, however, that these woods are nothing like what she's read about, and the Jack that Hazel went in to save isn't the same Jack that will emerge. Or even the same Hazel.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," Breadcrumbs is a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.
 

You can enter one or both of the giveaways. It does not matter to me. I do, however, only ship to the US and Canada at this time. Fill out the rafflecopter forms for the giveaway(s) you wish to enter.

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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



Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)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 Underworld.


I am a mythology junkie. If a book that comes along based on a myth, I jump all over it. Obviously, if you couldn't tell, Abandon is based on the Hades/Persephone story. Loosely.

Yes, there were obvious similarities between the Greek myth and this modern retelling, but Meg Cabot really changed things up a bit. I'll be honest, I thought Abandon was going to be "familiar" (if you know what I mean). I was really afraid it would be like the other versions out there. But, I was wrong! In this case, I love being wrong.

Abandon has a very dark feel to it. It's not scary or anything, but it's certainly not rainbows and sunshine. The Hades character is a moody, anger-prone type. Seems fitting, right? Pierce (Persephone) is not very surprising. To be very honest, the characters were just so-so. I think John (Hades) was my favorite because he was (and still is) so mysterious.

What really got me about this book is the timing. Everything takes place within a matter of days, which leads me to believe book 2 (Underworld) will pick up where the last page ended. There were a lot of questions left unanswered that I am certain will be resolved (or at least further developed) as the series progresses. Think of Abandon as a stepping stone. It's needed to set the stage, but doesn't really leave a lasting impression on its own. However, I can certainly say it's needed as a part of the series because it gives a lot of background details that will be important later on.

Overall, it was a quick and easy read. I would even say a 'page turner' because I read it in a few hours. Another myth retelling to add to your collection.


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


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 matter when you post either, just as long as it's before we finish the book.

Happy reading!

Week 1 discussion questions here.

Week 2 discussion questions here.
 

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