Book Review: A Pussycat’s Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown

Today’s Holiday book is A Pussycat’s Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown. Here’s what it’s about: But how can you tell?Does the air smell of tangerines?And Christmas greens?Can you feel it in the wind? Or hear it in the sound of a song? I found this story to be mellow, and the illustrations by Anne Mortimer are absolutely beautiful. My only complaints, the pussycat is not mischievous enough. I’d say read it before bed to help … Read more

Book Review: One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale by Judy Cox

Today’s Thanksgiving book review is One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale by Judy Cox. Here’s what it’s about: The Thanksgiving feast is over. Mouse spots one pea, which is quite enough for one mouse, but he keeps adding other tidbits. Then Cat sees him, in a story about giving thanks for the little things. Full color. The poor little mouse gets greedy while he gathers up food from a Thanksgiving feast. Why … Read more

Book Review: Sometimes it’s Turkey, Sometimes it’s Feathers

Today starts a marathon of Thanksgiving book reviews. The first review is Sometimes it’s Turkey, Sometimes it’s Feathers by Lorna & Lecia Balian. Here’s what it’s about: When she finds a turkey egg, Mrs. Gumm decides to hatch it and have a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. This is a cute book with well done illustrations. I enjoyed the story and the whole while wondered what Mrs. Gumm would do with the hungry turkey she and … Read more

Book Review: Halloween Mice!

Today’s Halloween Book Review is Halloween Mice! by Bethany Roberts. Here’s what it’s about: Simple, spirited verse and lively watercolors capture the excited anticipation and shivery delight of a favorite holiday. Four Halloween mice dress up in costumes for a midnight romp in the pumpkin patch. But they hadn’t counted on a Halloween cat! Children will applaud as the mice’s clever plan scares the cat away-and the littlest mouse gets the last laugh. Another book … Read more

Book Review: Boo to You! by Lois Ehlert

Today’s Halloween Book Review is Boo to You! by Lois Ehlert. Here’s what it’s about: The harvest garden is bursting with delicious vegetables, the pumpkins are decorated and lit, and the mice have their costumes ready. Everyone is looking forward to the annual Halloween-night feast. Scary Cat wasn’t invited to the party, but he seems to think he’s coming anyway. Time for a clever mouse-style surprise to outsmart that cat! This is one of my … Read more

Book Review: The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey

Today’s Halloween book is The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey, and it’s a good one. Here’s what it’s about: Oscar is short, like all dachshunds and other dogs make fun of him. On Halloween he takes more ridicule than ever in his hot-dog costume, but one brave act makes him a hero. Color illustrations throughout. A “School Library Journal” Best of the Best of 1995. Such a CUTE book! We all know that Dave Pilkey writes … Read more

Lessons for Kittens

The kittens looked on while their mother jumped into the baby carriage. “Don’t be afraid, my darlings. Come join me and watch my technique,” she meowed in a variable pitch. “First you exhale and approach cautiously so as not to wake the sleeping child. Next inhale deeply while you steal the baby’s breath. The 55 Word Challenge is a contest to write a story in 55 words or less. The challenge runs every Wednesday, beginning … Read more