Thursday, July 31, 2014

Contact/Review Request Update

This pregnancy has kicked my butt.  Seriously.

While possibly not quite as bad symptom-wise as my pregnancy with Boo (for one, no preterm labor this time and Boo was born at 35 weeks) I also didn't have 4 other kids to keep up with that time!

Anyway, the long and short of it is-- I had to clean out my inbox.  So pretty much every review request I've received in the past.... 4 months?... just got deleted.

SORRY!  It's not you, it's me, I promise.

I'm putting a moratorium on requests for now.  If you have a request to send me, PLEASE read my "contact me" info first.  If you still feel like it's an appropriate request, feel free to send it, but I WILL NOT be responding to ANYTHING sooner than Sept 15th.  Honestly, it will probably be more like Oct 1st.  And really, I make no promises on anything I receive between now and then.  You may or may not get a response at all.

Come Oct 1st, I promise I will make a valiant effort to respond to everything in a timely manner, so feel free to send requests this fall (though please still read the "contact me" info... it'll save us all time and energy).

Thanks everybody!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bold: A Cookbook of Big Flavors by Susanna Hoffman and Victoria Wise

Copy received for review

Pros: Interesting flavor combinations, unique recipes, AWESOME sidebars with historical information about different foods.
Seriously, the sidebars are awesome.

Cons: Really weird flavor combinations (lol), expensive or hard-to-find ingredients, NO PICTURES, some layout/editing issues.
The no picture thing makes me kind of crazy... I want to see it, dang it!

Overall, very interesting.  Reminds me of the blog In Sock Monkey Slippers, where I've found many interesting recipes.  :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Find Momo by Andrew Knapp

4 stars
(Copy received for review)

What started as a blog becomes an interactive book of great photography.

Momo is hiding on every page... so it's a little "where's Waldo" but without the weird illustrations, lol.

Momo is the author/photographer's dog, by the way.

Anyway, really cute book, not much text, but that's not the point really.  The point is the pictures.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Conversation by Jean d'Ormesson

translated by Timothy Bent
Received for review

3.5 stars
r- 2.5?
A little stilted, possibly because of the translation, possibly because it's all things Napoleon actually said worked into a dialogue.
Overall, really interesting and quick read, though the sidebar about the second consul's sexuality seemed odd and out of place.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Chickies-- Summer Reading Saturday LuLu Edition

Oh my gosh, the love that girl has for these chickie boardbooks!  (We received them for review)

Bedtime for Chickies
by Janee Trasler

"It's bedtime for chickies, it's bedtime for sheep.  It's bedtime for pig and cow, let's all go to..."
*page turn*
"Cheep cheep cheep.  We can't sleep.  We're thirsty."

Everyone in my house has this memorized.  LuLu brings it to someone to read multiple times a day.

While not actually my favorite, it is cute and can be fun to read.
(And the pictures are hilarious.)

Dinnertime Chickies

"We can't eat this, it's too drippy.  We want something chocolate-chippy."
"Just one pint-sized peewee peck? You might like it you should check."
*page turn*
"Mmmmmmm.  Pass the meatballs, pass the peas, pass the macaroni please!"

THIS one is my favorite.  It cracks me up.  And has a good message to boot-- the chickies end up liking everything they try.

Pretty sure everyone has this one memorized too... LuLu's on quite the kick.

There is a third one-- Potty Time Chickies or something, which we also received, but I'm not that into potty training books... and this one was just kind of... weird.  Funny as an adult, but weird thinking about reading it with a child.... and there were a couple of "let's not give the kids any ideas" type moments.

Bottom line-- Bedtime and Dinnertime are highly recommended for the ages 1-4 ish set.  :)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Gollywhopper Games: The New Champion by Jody Feldman

*This is a Boo review

[Copy received for review]

5 stars

Cameron gets entered into the gollywhopper games-- and he's sort of excited.  They're a series of games designed by a toy company.  The games are hard.

{Mommy note: So.... yeah.  I mentioned that it's like pulling teeth to get anything out of that girl, right?  You wouldn't believe what it took to get those paltry sentences.  She really enjoyed the book, she apparently just doesn't want to talk about it.  Whatever.  This one is supposed to appeal to fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which got her attention immediately.  Of course, it's not JUST LIKE that... so when you ask her if it really is like it, she says no.  Whatever again.  Anyway, she really did love it, and highly recommends it, I promise.]