Maverick and Me

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Schwarzenegger, Katherine (author). Harris, Phyllis (illustrator). Maverick and Me. Nashville, TN: Worthy Kids/ Ideals Publishing. 2017.

SUMMARY:
Found cold, hungry and scared, a little puppy needs a second chance. Taken to a pet store by a kind lady, Maverick hopes to find a loving family the next weekend at the Adoption event. With his crooked ears and marbled color, he waits as many potential adopters stop but choose others. Finally, a little girl in pigtails visits him and falls in love. Promising to take the best care of him, Maverick’s new family hosts a welcome party for him where everyone is encouraged to rescue/adopt a homeless pet when next looking for a new furry family member.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As a New York Times bestselling author, lifestyle blogger, philanthropist and animal activist, Katherine Schwarzenegger shares her life with the real Maverick while advocating for pet rescue. Collaborating with successful illustrated and passionate supporter of pet adoption, Phyllis Harris, the new book Maverick and Me is beautifully written with charming, colorful pictures and a powerful message of forever friends and homes for rescued pets. An excellent resource for children, this book would be perfect shared through a library, school or in a personal collection. I plan on sharing my copy with my local Humane Society, with the hope they will incorporate it into their youth classes. A great stepping stone not only for adoption but also respect, treatment and safety of animals.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Maverick and Me from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

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Kit Kat & Lucy

DuPont, Lonnie Hull. Kit Kat & Lucy: The Country Cats Who Changed a City Girl’s World. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
As a memoir of the changes in her life brought on by two cats, Kit Kat and Lucy, author Lonnie Hull DuPont recounts the pieces of her life shaped by cats. Full of humor, compassion, poignancy and memories, Kit Kat & Lucy take the author (and readers) on a heartwarming journey. As an author of several animal stories, she still shares her home and heart with cats.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
I was originally drawn to this book by the title and cover which includes two very handsome kitties. Perhaps expecting something a bit different, I did struggle just a little with the mixed, short stories forming the overall larger story. Though well written, in places I had trouble connecting the tales, which in turn caused some dissonance for me. Liking the healing and helping nature of the cats for the author; however, I did appreciate her willingness to share her story.

RATING:
3.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Kit Kat & Lucy from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

Busy, Busy!

Spinelli, Eileen (author). Ellis, Elina (illustrator). Nashville, TN: Worthy Kids/ Ideals Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
No matter the species, everyone is busy. Cat is busy tangling the yarn, Mouse is busy nibbling seeds, Mole is busy digging, Pig is busy in the mud, and Mommy is busy with work…BUT she always has time for a cuddle. With lots of adorable pictures, relatable animals, common activities, and love to share, Busy, Busy! is full of bright colors and reassuring cuddles. Constructed as a board book perfect for little hands, Eileen Spinelli and Elina Ellis make snuggle time even more enjoyable…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Fun, colorful, and charming, Busy, Busy! is so cute and cuddly. Offering encouragement even during the necessary busy times, small children are sure to love this thick book. Perfect in a child’s library, for the travel bag or in church, it would be delightful given as shower gift while paired with a stuffed animal, an animal outfit and rattle.  I especially liked the learning associated with each animal’s natural behavior as well as the sweet included message. Darling!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Busy, Busy! from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

Would a Worm Go on a Walk?

Hall, Hannah C.(author). Bolton, Bill (illustrator). Would a Worm Go on a Walk? Nashville, TN: Worthy Kids/ Ideals Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Celebrating God’s planned uniqueness for each individual and species in this adorable children’s book, author Hannah Hall and illustrator Bill Bolton team up to teach the Bible verse from Genesis 1:31 (God saw all that He had made, and it was very good). Through silly animal renditions, rhyming verses, brilliant colors and engaging pictures, Would a Worm Go on a Walk shares God’s intentional purpose for each. Worms don’t walk, possums don’t dance, penguins don’t fly and lions don’t like water…BUT normal or odd, the wise Creator planned each detail, loves them all, and finished with the best masterpiece of all…you!

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
With a strong basis, sing-a-long rhyming lines, recognizable animals, charming pictures and page-to-page color, Would a Worm Go on a Walk is sure to be a favorite. Whether a Sunday school library, school library or personal library, what a wonderful reminder of God’s love and plan for everyone. Loving the silliness yet message behind each verse, uniqueness and purpose is celebrated loudly and boldly. Excellent!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Would a Worm Go on a Walk from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts

Safstrom, Maja. The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts. US: Ten Speed Press. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Celebrating the amazing, fantastic, interesting and crazy world of animals, author Maja Safstrom shares fun, delightful, intriguing and unusual information about many well-known animals. Coupled with black and white illustrations, each two page layout in this medium sized, hardcover book provides tidbits that fascinate. Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards, penguins laugh when tickled, goats have rectangular pupils and a group of rhinos is called a crash. Perfect for people of all ages, The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts is purely enjoyable…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Filled with so many compelling facts on animals, I truly appreciated and enjoyed this cute little book. Easy to read, the included information just kept the pages turning while I shared all of what I read with my family. As a docent at the local Zoo, these curious morsels are perfect for sharing with zoo guests. (My favorites…tigers have the same pattern on their skin as on their fur and blue whales have belly buttons!) Ideal as a gift, readable for any age, easy to take along and sure to please, I most likely will purchase another copy to give as I don’t plan on sharing mine. Love it!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

Bedtime Snuggles

Eubank, Patricia Reeder. Bedtime Snuggles. Nashville, TN: WorthyKids/ Ideals. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Babies of all different types snuggle close to their mommies as evening approaches. Bunnies, horses, raccoons, owls, dogs, sheep and people all share a good-night hug as they settle in for the night. With soft cushy covers and thicker sturdier pages, the beautiful glossy pictures embrace the sweet words inside. Perfect for bedtime reading, Bedtime Snuggles is sure to delight and invite a warm cozy cuddle. Sleep tight!

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Adorable, charming, tender and gentle, author Patricia Reeder Eubank shares a lovely picture book geared towards younger children. I appreciated the construction of this charming book which invites little hands to explore and engage. As the soft message lures youngsters to dreamland, little ones become acquainted with many small animals interacting with their moms. The illustrations are especially appealing and paired perfectly with the verse. Definitely a book for any child’s book shelf.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Bedtime Snuggles from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

Cute Emergency

Heally, Tony. Cute Emergency: Bad Day? The Doctor Is In. USA: Three Rivers Press. 2015.

SUMMARY:
cuteemergencyDealing with an emergency…coffee shop out of your favorite flavor? Pizza turned upside down in the box? No hot water for your shower? Need a root canal? No worries…in his new book, Cute Emergency, author Tony Heally reveals how even the worst of days can be uplifted by this seriously adorable book of animal photos. Monkeys, puppies, guinea pigs, rabbits, elephants and kitties all vie for attention when accompanied by really funny, sweet captions. No matter the emergency, the cuteness factor of this book will cause most anyone to smile and calm a bit…even if you did just drop your phone in the toilet.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
So cute! I chuckled, grinned, laughed and giggled as I read the captions accompanying some of the cutest animal pictures I have ever seen. Cats, puppies, turtles, hedgehogs, piglets and even bears all guarantee to turn bad days around. Set up in degrees of emergencies (low-extreme), the full-color pictures just keep getting cuter! Definitely a great book to share with people needing a smile, of course, animal lovers would also appreciate a copy.   Stat…it’s a cute emergency!!

RATING:
5+ (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Cute Emergency from Blogging For Books for my honest review*