Photo Challenge #49 / On Repeat

20221126ma_1908“Domino Line-Up” / Theme: On Repeat

A little about this photo…

Is there anything more satisfying than watching the domino effect? Just line them up (carefully) and when it’s all set, give one a little nudge and … they all fall down.


A 2022 WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGEThis year is my fifth year of doing this challenge! (I began in 2018.) For more information about the list of prompts for this year, click on this link. And join me in posting your own photos every Saturday with #2022picoftheweek

PB Review / Me and Ms. Too

20221106ma_1887Book: Me and Ms. Too (2022)
Author: Laura Ruby
Illustrator: Dung Ho
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Picture Book

Opening Lines of the Book…
When Dad married Ms. Too, everything changed.

MY THOUGHTS…

This is the story of a girl and her dad and how his marriage changes their family a little. I found it interesting that we begin once the wedding has taken place. Our poor little protagonist, Molly, is having a hard time. There’s the constant refrain: “That was before.” “Before what?” “Before Ms. Too …”

Then we go back in time a bit to see what life was like before Ms. Too enters Molly’s life. It continues to their new life together where Ms. Too is the one to take Molly to the pool and the park and the zoo and the park. And then there’s the moment at the zoo where Molly and Ms. Too watch the cats. That’s when things begin to change a little.

I loved seeing the journey this family goes on. The illustrations are so cheery. I was rooting for Molly and Ms. Too the whole book through. (P.S. Ms. Too is a librarian. How cool is that?)

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Thanks to Sarah Meade for recommending this book.

 


12-PBs-Nov12 CHALLENGE

12 months to read 12 books recommended by 12 friends…

This picture book review is part of a monthly challenge I’ve set for myself. I’ve asked my friends on Twitter to recommend picture books they’ve enjoyed reading (published within the past 3 years). I will choose to feature one each month.

Note: The original 12 Challenge isn’t necessarily just for picture books. But I’ve set it up this way for my own challenge.

Photo Challenge #48 / Reflected Light

20220720ma_1139“Water and Windows” / Theme: Reflected Light

A little about this photo…

This is a shot of water in the old hydro plant in Niagara Falls. I loved how the windows are reflected in the water. And that shade of green almost seems unreal, but that’s what it looks like! (If you look carefully, you can see the little fishies!)

I’m doing the “Choose Your Own Prompt” this week!

 


A 2022 WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGEThis year is my fifth year of doing this challenge! (I began in 2018.) For more information about the list of prompts for this year, click on this link. And join me in posting your own photos every Saturday with #2022picoftheweek

Photo Challenge #47 / Family Time

20221007ma_1777“Photography, Old School” / Theme: Family Time

A little about this photo…

What fun to take a pic of an old camera with my “new” camera. (Not new, but a lot newer than the camera in this photo.) Anyhow, as we were cleaning out my grandparents’ house, we came across this old camera that belonged to my grandpa. Apparently, back in the day, he was pretty excited to tote this thing around and to capture family moments. 

And a second shot:

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A 2022 WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGEThis year is my fifth year of doing this challenge! (I began in 2018.) For more information about the list of prompts for this year, click on this link. And join me in posting your own photos every Saturday with #2022picoftheweek

Taking a Break

 

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I’m taking a book review break. Too much going on. Not as much reading. (I don’t even have NaNo as an excuse! Not that I’m not writing… if that makes sense.)

I plan to be back in December. Maybe. (We’ll see.)


YOUR TURN…

Do you sometimes need a media break? Do you go offline completely or just take a bit of a break? Let me know in the comments.

P.S. For those of you who are interested in my sweet potato experiment. Sadly, I only got 2 (maybe 3?) sweet potatoes. On the negative side, I’m not sure I’ll grow sweet potatoes again. On the positive side, they were delicious.

Photo Challenge #46 / Trick or Treat

20221104ma_1885“Left-Over Pumpkins” / Theme: Trick or Treat

A little about this photo…

This is where the pumpkins come to hang out after Halloween is over…

 


A 2022 WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGEThis year is my fifth year of doing this challenge! (I began in 2018.) For more information about the list of prompts for this year, click on this link. And join me in posting your own photos every Saturday with #2022picoftheweek

Review / Lines of Courage

20220725ma_1302Book: Lines of Courage (2022)
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: MG, Historical [WWI]


Opening lines from the book …
June 28, 1914 – Deep inside, Felix knew something was wrong. A pinch had settled in his gut from the first moment he and his father stepped off the train in Sarajevo. It was the same feeling he’d had before his grandfather died last year.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK…

1) This book tells the story of World War I through the eyes of various characters. I liked that they were NOT connected in any way prior to the war, but as the book progresses, their lives get intertwined with one another. This book divides the war up into various sections, making a new character the POV character for each section. So we get to know an Austrian boy, a German girl, a girl from Britain and another one from France, and a young man from Russia. 

2) The hospital trains! I know a fair bit about World War I, but this is the first I’ve heard about the hospital trains that took the wounded away from the battlefields. Such interesting history here! I love how Kara steps in to take care of a German soldier, even though it means she’s demoted for doing so. And yet, she does it because it’s the right thing to do.

3) The opening tells about the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. I already knew the story (or most of it), but it was great to see it come to life. And I liked that it’s told through the eyes of Felix, a young boy. 

4) The carrier pigeons are great. I mean, what’s not to love about sending messages via pigeon?

FINAL THOUGHTS

A good book about the horrors of World War I, and the courageous people who made it through the “War to end all Wars.”  You don’t often get a lot of books about that war, so it was a nice change to reading about the second war that comes in 1939.

 


YOUR TURN…

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday

Photo Challenge #45/ Cheers!

20221006ma_1736“Happy Fruit” / Theme: Cheers!

A little about this photo…

Picked up this little pear. (We have trees near us where they grow “wild”.) He looks like a particularly happy pear. Or maybe he’s just smug? Or maybe he’s just happy to be sitting on a stack of books! (I know, I would be!) In any case, he is a bit lopsided, but I think that makes him kind of endearing. 


A 2022 WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGEThis year is my fifth year of doing this challenge! (I began in 2018.) For more information about the list of prompts for this year, click on this link. And join me in posting your own photos every Saturday with #2022picoftheweek

Review / Remarkably Ruby

20221016ma_1865Book: Remarkably Ruby (2022)
Author: Terri Libenson
Genre: MG, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Opening lines from the book …
I’m not what you would call a people person. It’s not that I don’t try. I do. But most of the time, making friends in middle school is a huge chore. I don’t have the greatest social skills.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK…

1) Baked Bean Girl! Yes, this is her story. I like that we get to know her as a real person and not just the butt of a joke from the other books. And yes, I think Libenson does a nice explanation of how she’s portrayed in the past books, bringing her to the point of this book.

2) And Ruby’s a poet! This book introduces a poetry club where Ruby and one of her new (shy) friends have to go out to the greater student body to find other poets. It’s not going to be easy, but that gives us some interesting conflict to make up this book.

3) The story also deals with the election of the school’s Student Body President. We get to meet a brand new character: Mia. She’s a real go-getter, almost too much so (as her friends and boyfriend could tell you). And it’s nice to see how her story intersects with Ruby’s. We know they are (were) friends from before middle school, but there’s been a falling out.

4) I enjoyed seeing the parents in this one. They’re dorky and embarrassing, sure, yet it’s nice to witness their relationship with the kids. We mostly get to see Ruby with her mom, and Mia with her dad. (Bonus: The book even ends with a nice little montage.)

5) And finally, I’ll mention that there IS a twist at the end of this book, just as in the other books. It makes you do a quick re-read to see where all the clues are!

FINAL THOUGHTS

Another good book in the series Emmie and Friends! I especially like that these graphic novels are a bit of a hybrid between a graphic novel and a novel itself.

 


YOUR TURN…

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday

Photo Challenge #44 / Number Three

20221005ma_1725“Pumpkins” / Theme: Number Three

A little about this photo…

Three of my pumpkins, getting ready for Halloween. This past week we had wonderful weather. Perfect for putting the garden to bed for the winter. 


A 2022 WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGEThis year is my fifth year of doing this challenge! (I began in 2018.) For more information about the list of prompts for this year, click on this link. And join me in posting your own photos every Saturday with #2022picoftheweek