Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New and Notable Books for April

New books coming out in April!  One of my favorite things to do (don't tell anyone) is peruse publisher's catalogs and admire all the new books coming out.  Here are some of the ones I'm looking forward to.

I've linked the title of the book to Goodreads in case you want to add it to your shelf. 

Picture Books:

Tommy Can't Stop! by Tim Federle, illustrated by Mark Fearing - April 14

Middle Grade Books:

Cody and the Fountain of Happiness by Tricia Springstubb, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler - April 14
Ferals by Jacob Grey - April 28
Stolen Magic by Gail Carson Levine - April 21
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia - April 21

Young Adult Books:

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley - April 28
99 Days by Katie Cotugno - April 21
Encore to an Empty Room by Kevin Emerson - April 28

Link Up!

Are you looking forward to any books this month?  If you have a book you want to share that is coming out in the month of April, share it with us!  Link up your reviews, WoWs, and spotlights.  

Review Spotlight on Out of the Dust by Avis Goodhart

Out of the Dust by Avis Goodhart

“Don’t waste your pain,” says unlikely missionary Avis Goodhart. She didn’t – and neither should you.

Despite a background of childhood abuse, dyslexia, and marital infidelity, Avis took her first international mission trip at age fifty. The church, school, and orphanage she later founded in northern Peru, all products of both her pain and her radical obedience to the Lord, have brought thousands of others out of the dust. This compelling story of an ordinary woman who serves God in extraordinary ways will challenge, inspire, and empower you to:

• Eliminate excuses from your life
• Recognize that in God’s kingdom, availability matters more than ability
• Allow your pain to produce – not prevent – your obedience
• Serve the Lord with the same abandon shown by one unlikely missionary

Note: Proceeds from the sale of this book are sent to the author’s orphanage in Peru.

About the Authors:

Avis Goodhart, founder of Go Ye Ministries, is a missionary, Bible teacher, and conference speaker who has blessed audiences across North, South, and Central America. Although she holds a B.S.Ed. and M.Ed. from the University of Arkansas, her primary qualifications include the pain and obstacles she’s encountered along the way. These provide both insight and passion for her work in bringing the lives of countless orphans, volunteers, and others out of the dust. Avis, a widow, has five children and twenty-two grandchildren.

Marti Pieper’s prayer involvement moved her to assist Brent and Deanna Higgins in telling their son’s story in I Would Die for You, which became a young adult bestseller. Marti, who has a B.S.Ed. from Ohio State University and an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has written multiple books and often teaches at writers’ conferences. 

What Reviewers Are Saying:

"Readers will find this book very encouraging; it shows how God can turn difficult circumstances into amazing things.  If you have a heart for missions work or orphanages, you will really enjoy this book. " ~ Oak Tree Reviews

"An exceptional read of miracles and belief in God. Without a doubt, read this book!" ~ Kim 

"I absolutely loved this story! A true story of what God can do when you are willing and obedient to His calling." ~ Kim

"Out of the Dust was a moving story about a woman who overcame many obstacles.  She used these experiences to relate to people ... and help them develop relationships with Jesus." ~ Tita

"This was one of the most inspiring books I have read to date." ~ Lori

Find the Book:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Win $10 in the Fool for Books Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Fool for Books Giveaway Hop!  This hop is hosted by I Am A Reader and Bookhounds.

I'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash!


Giveaway Details:

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Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Entrants must be 13 or older or have their parent/guardian enter for them.  Winner will be chosen randomly.  Winner must respond to my email within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.  Good luck!

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Monday, March 30, 2015

A New Rosemary Wells Picture Book: Use Your Words, Sophie!

Sophie knows lots of words, but she doesn’t always use them.  It’s more fun to speak in hyena talk or space language.  “Use your words, Sophie!” urge her parents, but Sophie just won’t.

But when her new baby sister arrives, Sophie is the only one who can find out what she really wants.

Use Your Words, Sophie is the third book about the irrepressible two-year old who is wonderful, terrible, and always lovable.



Barnes & Noble

About the Book:

  • Age range: 0-3 
  • Hardcover: 32 pages 
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (March 17, 2015)

Praise for Use Your Words, Sophie:

"This is Wells at her comedic best, and readers will be left in stitches. Absolutely enchanting—a must-have" —Kirkus, starred review

"Wells remains a master of conveying intense emotions through subtly funny writing, smartly observed situations. . . and emotionally telegraphic art." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Another winner from Wells." —School Library Journal

“This gentle, lightly piquant outing combines authentic humor and recognizable growing pains in a comfortable tale sure to delight young listeners, with or without siblings.” —Booklist

My Thoughts:

I love this adorable new book from Rosemary Wells!  It's a sweet, lovable story intended for children ages 0-3.  Sophie uses her made up language to communicate while the grown ups try to decide on a name for the new baby.  When the baby won't stop crying, Sophie manages to find her words and use them to calm the baby down.

The pictures are simple and sweet, just like the text.  It's a great story for toddlers of expecting moms or kids with a new sibling.

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  This did not affect my review in any way.


Friday, March 27, 2015

For the Love of Children's Classics: A Bear Called Paddington

Do you ever feel like you missed out on certain books when you were a kid?  A Bear Called Paddington is a book I would have loved as a child, but didn't read until a couple weeks ago.

I read it to my kids at bedtime, and while they both enjoyed it, I found that my seven year old got much more out of it than my five year old. They got out their plastic tea set and had a tea party every night while I read it to them.

While Paddington proves to be a humorous and delightful tale for children, the pace is often slow and the comprehension level is for kids a little older than mine are.  They had a great time laughing at Paddington's antics, however. They especially liked the beginning when the Browns first find Paddington, his attempt at taking a bath, and his birthday party when he does a bunch of disappearing tricks.

For my part, I found it charming. I've always loved classic stories and this was no exception. I think kids that are a little older will appreciate it more (age 9+), but it's a great addition to any child's library.

Content: clean

Source: Bought


About the Book:

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (July 22, 2014)
Paddington Bear had traveled all the way from Peru when the Browns first met him in Paddington Station. Since then, their lives have never been quite the same . . . for ordinary things become extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved.

First published in 1958, A Bear Called Paddington is the first novel by Michael Bond, chronicling the adventures of this lovable bear. Paddington has charmed readers for generations with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures. This brand-new paper-over-board edition of the classic novel contains the original text by Michael Bond and illustrations by Peggy Fortnum.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hopping into Spring with Betty Bunny Loves Easter by Michael B. Kaplan

Nobunny does an Easter egg hunt quite like Betty Bunny! For fans of Ladybug Girl and Fancy Nancy, check out the loveable handful from the creator of Disney’s T.V. series Dog with a Blog.

Yes, Betty Bunny loves Easter. She loves it so much that she just knows when she grows up, she will be the Easter Bunny. So it comes as quite a shock when she learns that her brothers and sister have been helping her in the egg hunt every year. Determined to find eggs on her own, this time, Betty Bunny also finds out a thing or two about the satisfaction of accomplishment.

Going it alone, Betty Bunny strikes again in the latest in her series, a funny Easter tale of independence.

About the Book:

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Series: Betty Bunny
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (February 10, 2015)

My Thoughts:

Most children's Easter books are about the Easter bunny coming into existence.  I found this book to be a refreshing change.  It's a contemporary story of a young girl (bunny) learning to be independent.  While Betty does want to be the Easter bunny when she grows up, that isn't the focus of the story.  Betty is an energetic and excitable child that loves things with her whole self.  She also wants her family to stop doing everything for her.

With the backdrop of an Easter egg hunt, Betty learns that accomplishments are much more satisfying when they are completed on your own.  This book is sweet, charming, and a new Easter favorite in our house!

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  This did not affect my review in any way.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Want to Meet Adam Rex, the Artist Behind the Movie "Home"?

Gallery Nucleus Presents:
“Adam Rex & The Art of Home”
A solo exhibition, film panel & book signing event

Opening Night: Saturday, March 28, 2015 (2:00pm – 8:00pm)
Artwork on Display: March 28, 2015 – April 12, 2015

Have you heard of DreamWork's new movie "Home"?  It looks adorable and I can't wait to take my kids to go see it.  What I didn't know is that it was based of off Adam Rex's book, The True Meaning of Smekday.

If you live in southern California, you have the amazing opportunity to meet Adam Rex!  He has a solo exhibition starting this weekend at the Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA, along with "The Art of Home" Panel and Signing.  There will be a bunch of panelists that worked on the movie at the event.  I've included all the details below if you're interested in going.  

The Details:

Los Angeles, CA — From the book that inspired the movie HOME, creator of The True Meaning of Smekday, artist Adam Rex will be flying in for his solo exhibition as well as the artist panel for The Art of Home. Come chat with Adam as he talks about his
experience of getting from idea to book and book to screen. Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet this amazing illustrator / writer.

The exhibition will feature original artwork from the True Meaning of Smekday as well as other original drawn and painted works on display and for sale. Join us on March 28th, 2015 for a fun filled
family event!

Get More Info Here:

About Adam Rex

Adam Rex is an author and illustrator of books for kids, including The True Meaning of Smekday and the NYT bestselling Frankenstein Makes A Sandwich. For more info on
Adam and his work, visit his website!

About Nucleus

Since October of 2004, Nucleus has strived to be a welcoming gathering place for the art loving community by offering quality art, art related goods, and rarities. Focusing primarily on gallery exhibits, we have also had benefit auctions, product signings, music events, and artist lectures. After three and a half years, we moved one block east to a much larger and more dynamic space. Still in the heart of quaint downtown Alhambra, we reopened in March of 2008 with over 2000 square feet of open gallery space, 1000 square feet of shop/boutique, and over 3000 square feet of studio/production space. Having exhibited both local artists and artists from abroad, and catering to an international customer base, we offer an extensive collection of original contemporary, illustrated, graphic, commercial, and narrative art all of which are carefully catalogued on our website.


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