Review: Nap Time for Kitty

Nap Time for Kitty
Nap Time for Kitty by Michael Dahl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Nap Time for Kitty” was really cute. It’s about a kitty who simply refuses to take a nap (sounds a lot like my daughter when it’s time for her to take a nap.) It doesn’t matter how many times Mama Cat calls, Kitty is just not going for it. Kitty always explains that she’s just not sleepy right now, and finds tons of things to do – playing in water, getting wrapped up in yarn, hanging off the arm of the sofa – Kitty will do anything to avoid taking a nap. However, Mama Cat’s insistent, and finally Kitty settles down. And, when she does, she goes right to sleep because, like most children, Kitty was trying to do anything to prevent laying down and getting some rest. But, Mama Cat knew what she needed…we mothers always know what our children need.
I really liked this book…I thought it was cute and funny. However, my daughter didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to it except when she saw a picture she liked.

I give it 4 stars.

P.S.  “Nap Time for Kitty” was provided on-loan from my local library.

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Review: Don’t Look Before You Leap

Don't Look Before You LeapDon’t Look Before You Leap by David Webb

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Don’t Look Before You Leap” was entertaining and funny…David Webb, a pilot for American Airlines, shares with his readers stories beginning with his childhood, his growing-up and going away to school. He even throws in additional stories about his brothers and the trips that they made, his “veggie truck” and provides his readers with a pointer on how to get rich. These stories were entertaining, funny and full of life…I especially enjoyed “Bugs,” “HeMen” and “Getting Rich.” The opening actually starts out a little slow w/”Coming Clean,” and, sometimes, it feels as if the author is leading his readers off on a tangent without a straight, narrow path in mind such as in “Eye, Eye Sir” and “The Dress.”

However, the best seems to have been saved for last as “Bugs,” “HeMen” and “Getting Rich” were the last three stories of the book…I would definitely have to say that the author seems to have been building his readers to an ultimate climax…which they are still high on, and hopefully can continue with his next book, “This is NOT a Serious Book” which he announces at the end.

I would definitely recommend this book to readers who favor more books that are more anecdotal and funny.

I give it 3 stars.

P.S.  “Don’t Look Before You Leap” was provided courtesy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The e-version is available at both Amazon and Barnes&Noble for $2.99. 

 The paperback version is also available at Amazon.  However, you can visit Mr. Webb’s blog directly at and receive a 15% discount off the $6.99 list price…just enter the code YBTT9URW – it’s listed on his site as well.

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Review: I Wish I Never Met You: Dating the Shiftless, Stupid, and Ugly A Novel

I Wish I Never Met You: Dating the Shiftless, Stupid, and Ugly A NovelI Wish I Never Met You: Dating the Shiftless, Stupid, and Ugly A Novel by Denise Wheatley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“I Wish I Never Met You: Dating the Shiftless, Stupid, and Ugly” by Denise Wheatley was very entertaining…it’s a collection of stories of a woman who is going through dating – a scene that, if you’re single, you choose to love it or leave it. In this case, she decides to endure it, and, along the way, runs into, or goes through, several men who are worthless and unworthy of her love and time.

I really liked this book because, even though some events throughout could be labeled as outlandish, it’s an almost-nearly honest account of what dating is like…who to become involved with and who not. It’s never ending, and I can say that I was able to really relate to these stories being a single woman myself…it can get so bad that you want to totally remove yourself from dating totally, but, just like the main character, you strive to find hope in the end…after how many dates?

I would recommend this book to those who are dating, both men and women, and to those that are looking to incorporate some humor into their reading.

I give it 4 stars.

P.S.  “I Wish I Never Met You:  Dating the Shiftless, Stupid, and Ugly” was provided courtesy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (Bright & Early Board Books)Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb” by Al Perkins is a cute, little book I received at my baby shower…my daughter loves this book! Rhyming is using along with the text for this Bright and Early Board Book. Eric Gurney illustrated, and the pictures definitely go along with the words…they are so funny! My daughter just loves the pictures of the movies beating the drums.

As a parent, I really liked this book because I feel like it’s a great resource for your toddler, especially if they are learning how to form their words. The words in this book are very simple to say, and the sing-song pattern of the words really goes a long way in helping your toddler relate the words on the page to the pictures illustrated.

I give it 4 stars.

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Review: A Cowgirl Remembers When

A Cowgirl Remembers WhenA Cowgirl Remembers When by Dawn Nelson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"A Cowgirl Remembers When" by Dawn Nelson was a good read, and I enjoyed it. I am very happy that I was chosen to receive it from the Goodreads First Reads Program.

This book is a collection of adventure stories the author remembers from her childhood, teenage years and beginning of adulthood that involved her family, friends, horses and other pets. To western fans out there, this is a true read.

Personally, I’ve never really been exposed to the range or the life of a cowgirl, and I really appreciate the fact that Ms. Nelson paints a pretty vivid picture of it for her reader.

She does a great job of staging her words for the reader, making them feel as if they are rolling and tumbling down the hills with her, and I could almost feel the barbed wire as if it were being taken from my leg when she described, in her story "Pain Cow," how she pulled a string of barb wire from her leg. Some other stories that I really enjoyed were "The Escape," "Horse Thief," and "A Lost Soul."

The writing was okay, but the great imagery that Ms. Nelson lays out for her readers really bumped it up a notch.

I would recommend this book to others and would be open to reading other books from the author.

I give it 4 stars.

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Review: Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia

Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia (Greenwillow Read-Alone Books.)Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia” by Peggy Parish was a great holiday reason…it serves as a very warm and humourous compliment to the Christmas season. As always, Amelia Bedelia is more than willing to help out for Christmas…anything you need her to do, she’s there. She just has her own interpretations of what that help should be.

It’s not different in this Christmas read. Amelia Bedelia decorates the tree w/balls(not shiny, Christmas balls, but actual balls like basketballs, footballs, baseballs, etc…) She even places a mirror on the top of the Christmas tree so everyone can get a glimpse of the star(the star that shines bright in everyone’s heart that is.)

However, classic to Amelia Bedelia style, she saves the day with one of the cakes she makes. And, it’s so good that everyone forgets what she did before and can’t wait to savor another piece.

I really enjoyed reading about Amelia Bedelia as I was growing up, and it is no different today. She is so funny, and her way of how a Christmas really brings out the “kid” in me this holiday season.

I give it 4 stars.

P.S.  “Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia” was provided on-loan from my local library.

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Review: Amelia Bedelia Helps Out

Amelia Bedelia Helps Out (I Can Read Book 2)Amelia Bedelia Helps Out by Peggy Parish
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Amelia Bedelia Helps Out” by Peggy Parish is a tremendously funny read…Amelia Bedelia was read so much while I was growing up…her character is such a big part of why reading was such an enjoyable activity back then…and still is.

In this particular episode, Amelia Bedelia is helping out around the house, and, in good ‘ole Amelia Bedelia style, many of her chores are done all wrong. That is, everything except for the tea cake for Miss Emma’s party. It turns out that, even through Amelia Bedelia followed her “own” recipe in making the tea cake, the tea party turns out alright…great actually. Miss Emma’s friends love it and actually want more…

You’ll have to tune in to this read for Amelia Bedelia’s secret ingredient…, and don’t be surprised if you want some yourself.

I give it 4 stars.

P.S.  “Amelia Bedelia Helps Out” was provided on-loan from my local library.

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