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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.

A-Okay by Jarad Greene - Book Review

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By Jarad Greene, Jarad Greene (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063032842
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Published: HarperAlley - November 2nd, 2021

We follow Jay as he is dealing with personal care, flaws real and imagined, trying new looks, hurting friends’ feelings, making new friends, figuring out "Do they like me?" and his insecurities. In other words, a great coming-of-age story. A few modern twists and turns combine with a classic story, makes this a fun book for ages 10 to 14 (and of course, adults young at heart, too! ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Goldilocks Zone: Real Facts About Outer Space by Drew Sheneman - Book Review

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By Drew Sheneman, Drew Sheneman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062972361
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Published: HarperCollins - November 23rd, 2021

Did you know that Earth is what scientists call “in a Goldilocks Zone?” It is called that because it is in that sweet spot in the planets line up that makes it perfect for life. It is not too hot, or too cold, but just right. Sheneman’s book is a great way to find out why this is, plus our two narrators (Goldilocks and Baby Bear) entertain you the reader as we read along on the adventure. Explore Earth and the other planets (sorry Pluto, you’re still not there) as you have fun. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Fox: A Circle of Life Story by Isabel Thomas - Book Review

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By Isabel Thomas, Daniel Egnéus (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781547606924
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - November 30th, 2021

Thomas created a poetic, beautiful illustrated and told story of life and death. We follow a fox as she wanders the woods, crossing the human road, and her unfortunate end. The concept of death is lightly presented, but also nothing is held back. It is a serious look at the cycle of life. Due to the death of the animal and the way it dies, this book is not for a sensitive reader. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Boo Stew by Donna L. Washington - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781682632215
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - September 1st, 2021

Boo Stew is probably not a dish you wish served cold, hot or at all! Curly Locks might have a good heart, and a passion for cooking, but her ingredients are a bit, unique, to say the least. The townsfolk of Toadsuck Swamp know that you do not even have a nibble of a creation by Curly Locks. Yet, one day one of her dishes goes missing from her windowsill and the town is being bullied by Scares (who Curly Locks has never paid too much mind to). Are the two related? And can Curly Locks batwing brownies or toad eye toffees be the trick? Or is she going to have to be a bit more creative to scare away big, bad scary Scares that holler, “Gitchey Boo, Gitchey Bon! Gitchey Goo, Gitchey Gone!”? This diverse take on the Goldilocks story is sweet and funny with cuddly, spooky and adorable illustrations. Not just for Halloween. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Amara and the Bats by Emma Reynolds - Book Review

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By Emma Reynolds, Emma Reynolds (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534469013
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 20th, 2021

Amara is a young girl who moves with her mother and brother to another country. She has few friends, the language is hard, but she assumed that no matter where she went, she would find bats. As bats, her very favorite critter, are everywhere. Yet, in her new home, there are no bats. The construction and human involvement have stopped the bats from living and thriving in the area. It is up to Amara and a few new friends, her family, and a lot of patience, to help the bats find a new home as well. This book about finding a home, family and conservation is a fun book for most ages. It has humor, seriousness, and a good story with a good message to match. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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