Monday, July 28, 2014

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy and a GIVEAWAY

I'm back today with a new Marvelous Middle Grade Monday pick. AND I have my gently read ARC I'm offering as a giveaway! Stay tuned to the end for a rafflecopter entry form.

by: Karen Foxlee
Alfred A. Knopf 2014

From Goodreads:
Unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.

As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. Along the way she learns more and more about the boy's own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.

A story within a story, this a modern day fairytale is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.

Quite an interesting book, and unlike any I have read for a while. I'm not a huge fan of fantasy, but this, while it is definitely fantasy, does fall more into the fairy tale type of story. Ophelia is a strong heroine, and I enjoyed getting to see her grow throughout the book. For writers, this book is a great read for description and imagery without the excess words that many authors include. At times, I almost wished for more, but realize that would have changed the beauty of the language. Definitely a book for all middle graders, both boys and girls.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Here's the entry form to try and win my gently read ARC. Only US residents, please.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Picture Book Day with Kelly DiPucchio

I know I have been pretty absent from my blog over the past few weeks. Baseball with my boys has kept me very busy, that and I'm trying to squeeze more writing time in to finish the revisions on my middle grade novel. I wanted to make a point to post today, so I figure better late than never! (And now it is Tuesday, so just pretend it is Monday!)

Today I would like to share a brand new picture book by fellow Michigan author Kelly DiPucchio (love her!) and Brian Biggs. 

by: Kelly DiPucchio and Brian Biggs
Disney-Hyperion 2014

From Goodreads:
Charlie thinks his dog, Norman, has got it good: he gets to spend his days lounging on the couch or playing fetch, and he never has to do any homework. But when Charlie makes a wish to be a dog instead of a boy, things get a little topsy-turvy!

New York Times best-selling author Kelly DiPucchio's signature humor and Brian Biggs's bold, playful illustrations come together in a hilarious tale that proves that the grass always does look greener on the other side (even if that side involves drinking from the toilet!).

Another winner for Kelly DiPucchio! This time she teams up with Brian Biggs, who's illustrations faintly remind me of Charlie Brown. Although maybe that is because the main character's name is Charlie. :) This book shows kids that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, but sometimes it takes stepping into someone else's shoes, or paws, to figure that out. Great books for boys and girls. (And I love that the dog's name is Norman!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you are interested in any of Kelly's other picture books, I have featured many others on my blog. Use the search function to find their posts. Have a great week!