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After a long day of cruisn’ through the various adventures in life (Indiana Jones has nuttin’ on me), nothing hits the spot like…chocolate. But once you say chocolate that’s all you need say. So these pages are dedicated to a few of my other passions: alligator wrestling, bull riding, reading books (big books, little books, picture books, no pictures books, even little black books), listening to music (from A to Z and back again) and a variety of other things. So take a minute to browse some of my faves and I hope they become some of yours.

Big Girl, Small Town by Michelle Gallen - Book Review

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781643750897
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Published: Algonquin Books - December 1st, 2020

You are drawn into the book from page one. You watch as Majella (our heroine) lives her life. Or what passes for living in a Northern Ireland town after "The Troubles" have (supposedly) ended. Like so many before her and her peers currently, she is content to get up, get dressed, shower, watch recorded episodes of Dallas and go to work. Sunday, she goes to the pub and occasionally shags her coworker or a local guy. But after an event that changes Majella's world, we start to see her become aware of things around her. Can she start to see there is more than what she has decided is happiness? ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Screaming Hairy Armadillo and 76 Other Animals with Weird, Wild Names by Matthew Murrie - Book Review

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781523508112
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 15th, 2020

A funny, gross, spooky and wonderful book about oddly, deliciously and weirdly named animals that live in the deepest parts of oceans, the highest trees and possibly even in your own backyard. You learn the naked mole rat is not a rat or a mole (but is naked). You learn that when it "snows” in the ocean, you REALLY don't want to build a snowman. You find out what a Yeti Crab is and a Vampire Squid (not a squid or vampire, sorry) is. Not to mention the differences between "arms" and "tentacles" for the animals that don them. And you learn that sometimes scientists have a love of Harry Potter, their nieces and might have been hungry when they named a few critters. (And, for the record, the smooth-headed blobfish is NOT the ugliest creature regardless if it has been voted that.) ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Dandelion by Gabbie Hanna - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781982153380
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Published: Atria Books - October 13th, 2020

Hanna deals with life, fear, anxiety, depression and even assault. Yet, nothing is “too much” to deal with. Almost every poem is no more than a handful of stanzas. One is even just one line. Humor and seriousness are mixed together to create words of art. Also included are “essays” about what inspired some of their works, where Hanna came from and even where they might be going. The illustrations are stories in themselves. They are sketches in a classic and modern format at once. There is a uniqueness that feels comfortable. They are there to say, “pay attention” to what is going on. They are fancy and plain. And, as with the text, there is a lot being said all at once, without a lot of clutter. Aimed at adults, strong 14 and up teens could also enjoy. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Hard-Boiled Bugs for Breakfast: And Other Tasty Poems by Jack Prelutsky - Book Review

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By Jack Prelutsky, Ruth Chan (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063019133
Availability: Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - January 19th, 2021

Do you like eggs? Bugs? Funny and punny kids poems? Then Hard-Boiled Bugs for Breakfast: And Other Tasty Poems is for you. Now, not all are about food, but several are. There is something for all tastes, but they do lean towards the silly, goofy and downright silly. Chan's art perfectly illustrates the fun of each story. Must for budding poets, kids starting off in poetry and the adult who just likes to laugh. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Unbeatable Betty: Betty Robinson, the First Female Olympic Track & Field Gold Medalist by Allison Crotzer Kimmel - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062896070
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Published: HarperCollins - June 9th, 2020

The author has done an amazing job of telling us the story of a woman who is little known in the sports world; even though Betty Robison was literally the first woman to accomplish winning a gold medal in her sport. This introduction is the perfect way to tease you into wanting to learn about the woman who broke records, boundaries and even survived death (she was declared dead after a plane accident). Take your time reading the text and illustrations, there is much to learn, love and marvel over. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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