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Picture Book Saturday: A Bed for Fred

Ready for a nap, young Fred the Basset Hound goes to his room after a morning of play and the unthinkable happens: his comfy, red bed has disappeared! After a search through his house with a less-than-helpful mouse, Fred sets out on a journey outside to find his bed. Along the way he meets a sedentary frog, an enthusiastic cricket, and a sympathetic owl. The dilemma of his lost bed intensifies as Fred realizes he has strayed too far from home without telling his father that he left. A Bed for Fred is a delightful journey that any young child can relate to. Changing beds from cribs to toddler beds and toddler beds to "big boy" or "big girl" beds are huge steps. Discover how Fred handles this experience of complication and change with good communication and a willingness to explore Help your child figure out the world they live in!




In a word: cute. Who doesn't like books about animals? Always a hit with the little ones. A Bed for Fred was a bit long for my younges…

Review: Popping the Cherry (Aurelia B. Rowl)

The Deets:

Audience: YA
Pages: 250
Publisher: September 19th 2013 by Carina (Harlequin UK)
ISBN: 9781472018052
Genre: contemporary 
Source: my own copy


You only get one first time . . .

From driving tests to relationships, Valentina Bell thinks she’s a failure, with a big fat capital F. At this rate, she’s certain she’ll be a virgin for ever. So Lena’s friends plan Operation: Popping the Cherry to help her find the perfect man first time.

Yet somehow disastrous dates with bad-boy musicians and fabulous evenings with secretly in-the-closet guys aren’t quite working out how Lena planned.

Soon Lena’s avoiding Operation: Popping the Cherry to spend time with comforting, aloof Jake, her best friend’s older brother, who doesn’t make her feel self-conscious about still clinging to her V card. But could Jake show Lena that sometimes what you’re looking for most is right by your side?




It's not what you think. Sort of. It kind of what you think-- the title is obvious-- but it's no…

Review: Love Letters to the Dead (Ava Dellaira)

The Deets: 

Audience: YA
Pages: 323
Publisher:  April 1st 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9780374346676
Genre: contemporary, mystery, coming of age
Source: eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laure…