7.04.2017

Like Adult Coloring Books? Then You'll Love This

Activity book for lovers of rude cats (3 stars)

Cats are hilarious but I confess I just didn't find Catsass very funny. That said I think lots of folks will. What saves it from being too dull for me is that it's a coloring and activity book for grownups. If you're someone who has hopped on the coloring book fad and could use one featuring cats that's more crass than cute this would be a good option. Or maybe you just want to try out a book that's more activity book than just coloring? Either way I think you'll like it.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.


Life Lessons from Catsass by Claude Combacau


Humor, Coloring, Cats
Print (160 pages, ANDREWS MCMEEL)

Step aside, Pusheen! With his sassy remarks, judging stare, and hilariously sinister antics, Catsass is the new kitty-du-jour.
From French graphic designer Claude Combacau comes a book of sassy, cat-themed coloring pages, mazes, and puzzles with directions like: “Put the pieces of the $3,000 vase Catsass just destroyed back together. Three odd pieces are parts of other ruined objects because you don’t deserve to have it easy.” Combacau’s “Catsass” cartoons about a lewd, crude, mischief-making feline have been featured on Bustle, Bored Panda, and elsewhere.



6.27.2017

Book Review: The Successful Author Mindset


Any genre, any writing goal, be successful! (5 stars)


I've been writing for fun in some form or another since I was able to hold a writing implement. Having toyed with the idea of taking my dabblings to the next level—publishing—and having many published author friends whom I felt might enjoy it, I thought I'd give this a listen.

Not only is this a great book for aspiring authors, it's a fantastic resource for indies, mid-listers, and anyone who wants to take their writing career farther. One of the points Penn makes that I found particularly wonderful is that everyone defines their own success. She then gives you keys to how to reach farther and go bigger while providing anecdotal experiences from her own writing journey.

Whatever your genre, whatever your goals, whatever your location on the writer's journey, you are sure to find at least one useful suggestion for getting the right mindset. I chose to enjoy it as an audiobook and really found the narrator to be engaging and charming, she did a fantastic job of keeping Penn's writing lively. I would much recommend picking this up in digital or print for easier reference points but it is definitely a listen I would recommend too.

If I were still working as a publicist I would share this with every debut author I worked with, I think it's a resource worth every penny.

Notes: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.


The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook for Surviving the Writer's Journey by Joanna Penn


Reference, Publishing, Nonfiction
Audio/Digital/Print (164 pages/2hr 55min)

Being a writer is not just about typing. It's also about surviving the rollercoaster of the creative journey.
Self-doubt, fear of failure, the need for validation, perfectionism, writer's block, comparisonitis, overwhelm, and much more. When you're going through these things, it can feel like you're alone. But actually, they are part of the creative process, and every author goes through them too.
This book collects the mindset issues that writers experience, that I have been through myself over the last nine years, and that perhaps you will experience at different times on the creative journey. Each small chapter tackles a possible issue and then offers an antidote, so that you can dip in and out over time. It includes excerpts from my own personal journals as well as quotes from well-known writers. I hope it helps you on the road to becoming a successful author.




6.26.2017

45 Highly Effective Habits of Successful People


Short but packed with valuable insights. (5 stars)


I've been on a bit of a self-help kick, devouring books about managing mental illnesses, having better physical health, and more professionally focused reads as well. This one seemed awfully short to offer much but to my surprise it was quite meaty and had some rich insights.

While its up to an individual to define their version of success, the habits outlined within are great for anyone with a desire to make their life better. Available in print and ebook formats it would make a great tool for a young adult just moving beyond school and parental guidance and as an audiobook (the format I read it in) it's perfect for a lunch time pep-talk or while stuck in gridlock. The narrator has a very business like tone that doesn't feel conversational but that works well with the subject matter.

Overall, I'm really glad I took a chance on this. I think I'll wind up picking up the ebook to reference from time to time for one of those lunch hour pep talks.

Notes: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.


Live Your Life with Success, Good Habits and Love: 45 Highly Effective Habits of Successful People Written by: Stirling De Cruz-Coleridge Narrated by: Harry Roger Williams III


Self-Help, Nonfiction
Digital/Audio (80 pages/1hr 15min)

You know how dull and aimless life can seem sometimes? You feel in a rut or lost your direction in life and don't know what to do next? When you make it a point to find your real life's purpose and become successful, your entire existence changes. Suddenly, everything you do has a purpose. There are no more days when you wonder why you're doing what you're doing, or when the most exciting event of your day is a funny cat meme you saw on the Internet! It's time to take life into your own hands and become the person you have always dreamed of becoming. This motivational book will show you the way towards developing, personal growth and transformation, success, and happiness. It will prepare you with the right foundation and mindset.





Book Review: Lunarbaboon: The Daily Life of Parenthood

Comedic and Heartfelt (5 stars)

Lunarbaboon's comics are the perfect mix of sassy and sweet. Parenting can be the hardest job on the planet and the observations shared in comic form are ones most parents are sure to feel personal. If you've enjoyed the work of Hyperbole and a Half, Sarah's Scribbles, or Fowl Language chances are you'll enjoy this as much as I did.

I think this would make a thoughtful gift for new parents.

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.

Lunarbaboon: The Daily Life of Parenthood by Christopher Grady


Humor, Comics, Parenting
Digital/Print (128 pages, ANDREWS MCMEEL)

Explore the daily struggles and humor of family life with Lunarbaboon. He’s just like any other dad--but vaguely hairier because he’s half man/half moon monkey.
Lunarbaboon shares life's parenting moments from the perspective of a 30-something dad/husband/chaos survivor. Together with the savvy, laid back Mom, wild child Moishe, baby Matilda, and a former Julliard student (their cat), Lunarbaboon must navigate the family and social dynamics of everyday life. Ranging from the hilarious (defeating closet monsters with a “stun” blaster that offers surprising facts about bears, Mars, and cats) to the sweet (the gray scale-to color transition out of depression at the touch of a loved one), this collection explores the bonds within a family and all the characters who bring both order and chaos to life.
Lunarbaboon’s perfect meld of crabby humor and moments of impactful honesty give these comics a wide range and distinctive voice that’s both comical and sincere.




6.25.2017

You Can Change This In Just 10 Minutes a Day

Your Cleaning Routine Refined (4 stars)

As one of those weirdos who can go to work and be a cleaning and organizing maniac you'd think my house would be spotless. It makes no sense but I loathe cleaning and my home often shows it. I either don't know where to start or feel overwhelmed and completely stall. I really didn't think this book could offer much help but to my surprise there were some great insight and ideas.

For the sake of reviewing I tested Rapinchuk's 10 minutes theory. I'd set a timer, put on a playlist, and tackle one room. You can bet I was annoyed to actually get a bathroom clean in less than 15 minutes when I actually told myself I couldn't do anything else until the timer went off. No taking the trash out of the room or anything that could distract me. So I kept trying it and while I'm not following the method yet I'm hoping to implement properly once I have a non-reviewer's copy to use.

If, like myself, you really want to live in a clean and tidy space but struggle with burnout, overwhelm, or just feel lost knowing how to make a plan and stick to it this book is worth giving a read. I tend to be a skeptic with organizing and cleaning methods and I hate to be wrong but this is one time I'm happy I went against that part of me that shies at this kind of thing. The many lists and even recipes (for DIY cleaners) contained within are a great help.

At the very least you'll probably get some pointers on what's keeping you living in clutter. Sometimes that's all ya need to kickstart a change.

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.



Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day by Becky Rapinchuk


Housekeeping, Cleaning, Organization, Time Management
Audio/Digital/Print (272 pages, TOUCHSTONE)

From the cleaning and homekeeping expert and creator of the wildly popular Clean Mama blog comes a simple and accessible cleaning guide with a proven step-by-step schedule for tidying a home in just ten minutes a day.
Becky Rapinchuk, the “Clean Mama,” understands that many people don’t have enough time, organizational skills, or homemaking habits to have a constantly clean and decluttered living space.
In Simply Clean, she can help you effortlessly maintain a tidy house and build habits to become a “clean person”—no matter how messy you may naturally be! Along with a 7-Day Simply Clean Kickstart and a 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge, Rapinchuk includes plans for customizing the Simply Clean Routine to fit the busiest of schedules and any type or size of home.
This guide also contains step-by-step tutorials for cleaning hard-to-clean spaces, dozens of recipes for organic, environmentally conscious cleaning supplies, and many of Rapinchuk’s famous checklists, schedules, habit trackers, and inspirational art prints. It really is possible—in just ten minutes a day, you can create a cleaner, happier home!




6.24.2017

Book Review: Big Mushy Happy Lump


Big Mushy Happy Book (5 stars)


I absolutely adored Andersen's Adulthood is a Myth so I was thrilled to get another book filled with the same relatable hilarity. It's funny in general but I think it hits a lot of struggles contemporary women face like body image and mental health. I would recommend this as a gift to any friend who has been feeling down and could use some chuckles.

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.

Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection by Sarah Andersen


Self Help, Comics, Humor
Digital/Print (128 pages, ANDREWS MCMEEL)

Sarah Andersen's hugely popular, world-famous Sarah's Scribbles comics are for those of us who boast bookstore-ready bodies and Netflix-ready hair, who are always down for all-night reading-in-bed parties and extremely exclusive after-hour one-person music festivals.
In addition to the most recent Sarah's Scribbles fan favorites and dozens of all-new comics, this volume contains illustrated personal essays on Sarah's real-life experiences with anxiety, career, relationships and other adulthood challenges that will remind readers of Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half and Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened. The same uniquely frank, real, yet humorous and uplifting tone that makes Sarah's Scribbles so relatable blooms beautifully in this new longer form.



6.20.2017

Book Review: Art on the Rocks


Best rock painting book I've found. (5 stars)



My partner and I have been thinking about taking up rock painting so I've been looking into different styles. So far this book has been the best find to give some great tools and basic knowledge on top of some beautiful styles. Whether you're looking for mandalas, animals, or patterns you'll get detailed instructions, beautiful inspired ideas, and three different styles to try.

If you're not someone with artistic talent that still wants to try out rock painting this is the perfect beginner's book.

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.


Art on the Rocks: More than 35 colorful & contemporary rock-painting projects, tips, and techniques to inspire your creativity! by F. Sehnaz Bac, Marisa Redondo, Margaret Vance


Hobbies, Painting
Print (128 pages, WALTER FOSTER)
Packed with creative ideas, step-by-step projects, and endless inspiration, Art on the Rocks offers a colorful, modern approach to rock painting. Following an overview of how to gather and prepare your rocks, as well as a basic review of the tools and materials necessary for each project, three talented rock-painting artists demonstrate a range of contemporary designs featuring patterns, animals, mandalas, and more. Each project includes easy-to-follow instructions and invites creativity and originality, encouraging readers to sit back, relax, and develop their own unique Art on the Rocks.



5.06.2017

Book Review: Spork


Both is good. (4 stars)


Growing up I had family members and friends who were bi-racial or multi-racial. It wasn't something we really talked about much and I don't remember ever reading a book that really addressed it for kids. Knowing how much stories helped me with the things that made me feel different in a bad way I was eager to see what SPORK would bring to the table (no pun intended).

The illustrations are cute and the concept is a lot of fun. I think SPORK will be very relatable not just to kids who are biracial but any who have very different sides of their family.

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.


Spork by Kyo Maclear & Isabelle Arsenault 

Children's, Family, Self Esteem, Multicultural
Digital/Print (34 pages, KIDS CAN PRESS)
His mum is a spoon. His dad is a fork. And he's a bit of both. He's Spork! Spork sticks out in the regimented world of the cutlery drawer. The spoons think he's too pointy, while the forks find him too round. He never gets chosen to be at the table at mealtimes until one day a very messy ... thing arrives in the kitchen who has never heard of cutlery customs. Will Spork finally find his place at the table? This “multi-cutlery” tale is a humorous and lively commentary on individuality and tolerance. Its high-spirited illustrations capture the experience and emotions of anyone who has ever wondered about their place in the world.



5.05.2017

Review: Zombies: A Brief History Of Decay

A new favorite! (5 stars)

It's been a while since I sat down and devoured anything zombie related. While I can't say I'm the type of fan who reads or watches all things zombies, I am ever interested in finding fresh takes on the genre. At first I didn't think ZOMBIES: A BRIEF HISTORY was going to be particularly unique, there's only so much one can do with an apocalyptic scenario after all. Somehow, it managed to maintain a steady story pace and develop some new (or at least, new to me) ideas and really tell a good story. I was particularly pleased to see the Pacific Northwest as a key setting for a lot of the story, Peru really used it well.

While some elements are certainly old hat I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down and actually read it from cover to cover in one sitting. If you're a fan of TWD or just love an engrossing graphic novel I would much recommend it.

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.

Zombies: A Brief History Of Decay by Olivier Peru, Sophian Cholet, & Simon Champelovier 


Graphic Novel, Horror, Zombies
Print (152 pages, INSIGHT)
A vivid and richly illustrated graphic novel, Zombies offers an action-packed tour through an apocalyptic vision of America.
Mankind is no longer at the top of the food chain. Zombies have taken their place, and nothing can stop them. Is this the end of humanity? Perhaps, but for some it is only the beginning.
Six billion living corpses are all that remains of civilization. Among the few survivors is Sam Coleman, a man who owes his salvation to Smith & Wesson and a little luck. Fleeing Seattle at the onset of the zombie outbreak, he was forced to leave his daughter behind. Yet now that silence has fallen over the city, he believes that she may still be alive. And his conscience serves up a constant reminder that to be human in this grim world is to have hope—and to keep fighting.





Review: The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Mom


It's not all wine and diapers. (4 stars)

If you enjoy a good parody book that pokes fun at parenting you're sure to enjoy this one. It's a little painful because it's weirdly spot on at times, though other times I found myself raising my brow at the questionable wording. This could make a cute gift for a new mom with a good sense of humor or a terrible gift for your own mother, gift at your own risk.

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.

The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Mom by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris

Humor, Parenting, Parody
Digital/Print (64 pages, TOUCHSTONE)
Have you been having trouble with the How, Why, and Wheres? Well fear no more. The Fireside Grown-Up Guide series understands that the world is just as confusing to a forty-year-old as it is to a four-year-old. We’re here to help and break down the most pressing and complex issues of our day into easy-to-digest pieces of information paired with vivid illustrations even a child could understand.
A mom has two very important jobs: to look after her children and to do everything else well. In this Fireside Grown-Up Guide to Mom, we learn about what moms like (making toys out of corks from her many, many wine bottles), what she hates (the sound of her own voice, which now sounds just like her mom’s), what she’s really thinking about when she leaves her children with a babysitter (whether or not the babysitter can handle these little monsters), and many other enlightening facts.





Book Review: Moto and Me

Young readers will go wild for Moto. (5 stars)

I'm always on the lookout for non-fiction books about animals to share with the students in the 2nd grade classroom where I work. They are voracious readers in general but they seem to especially enjoy reading about animals, rescues in particular. I wish I'd received a print review copy just so I could have shared this one with them, without a doubt this would be a favorite. Moto is so cute and his story shows how important it is for baby animals to be with their mothers. I also found it to be an exciting way to learn how much work caring for an animal is as well as what happens when a wild animal is rehabilitated and able to return to their natural life cycle.

With lovely photographs and fascinating facts I think this would be great for children in the 2nd-4th grade levels. Even as an adult I enjoyed it.

Notes: Review copy received through NetGalley.


Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat's Foster Mom by Suzi Eszterhas


Animals, Africa, Nature
Print (40 pages, OWLKIDS)
Moto and Me tells the remarkable firsthand story of wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas’s care for an orphaned baby serval—a small, spotted wildcat—in Kenya. When a grass fire separates the serval from his family, a ranger asks Suzi, who is living in a bush camp and is skilled with animals, to be the serval’s foster mom.
The book chronicles Suzi’s tender care of Moto, including how she feeds, bathes, and plays with him, and helps him develop hunting skills. Her goal is to help him learn how to survive on his own in the wild. After 6 months, he is ready to leave—a difficult good-bye, but exactly what Suzi had worked for. Stunning photography illustrates this touching and rare wildlife rescue story.

LEVELING
Grade Range: 2–6
Fountas & Pinnell: P
Lexile: 860L
COMMON CORE
W.3.1,2,2a,2b,4,7,8,10
L.3.3,4,4a,4b,4c,4d,5,5b,5c,6
SL.3.1,1a,1c,1d,2,3,4,6
RF.3.3,3a,3b,3c,3d,4,4a,4c
RI.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10



4.09.2017

Review: Argyle Fox

Recommended for classroom libraries! (5 stars)

Problem solving skills are one of the most important things being taught in today's elementary schools. It builds independence and confidence and fosters a growth mindset. Which is why I loved Argyle Fox immensely. It isn't always easy to find a book where a child character with a problem is given such minimal aid from a guardian and allowed to find a solution on their own.

With charming illustrations and an adorable hero, Argyle Fox, would make both a fantastic bedtime read or addition to a classroom library. While the message of being resourceful and inventive isn't likely to be noticed by children it's sure to inspire similar creative responses. But if not, it's a fun story with cute animals youngsters will enjoy.

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.


Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau

Children's, Animals, Games, Problem Solving
Print (32 pages, TANGLEWOOD)
Argyle Fox, with his signature style, wants to play outside on a springtime day, but the wind is wreaking havoc with his fun and games. As soon as he builds a card tower, climbs into a giant spider web, or takes up his pirate sword, here comes the wind: Woosh!
Mama Fox tells grumpy Argyle that if he thinks long enough, he will come up with something to do. Following his mother’s suggestion and inspired by her knitting, he works all the pieces of his day together and creates the perfect solution.
The story of Argyle teaches that failure is often a path to success and celebrates perseverance, creative thinking, and an old-fashioned springtime activity. (Ages 3-7)



Book Review: The Last Tree


Other Ugly Things (4 stars)


The Last Tree is an interesting book. While its blurb seems to indicate it being a hopeful tale, I found it rather melancholy. Though its message of the importance of nature and our impact on the environment is one I find especially important I'm not sure this is the book I would share with my children or students to do so. Something about it felt like it would upset my sensitive daughter and not in a good way.

My reservations about sharing this with sensitive children aside, it is beautifully illustrated and gives a very strong contrast of city and nature.

Notes: ARC received through NetGalley.

The Last Tree by Ingrid Chabbert & Raúl Nieto Guridi

Children's, Nature, Environment
Digital/Print (36 pages, KIDS CAN PRESS)
A small boy lived in a city with no grass or trees. “Instead,” he says, “we had roads, walls and lots of other ugly things.” One day, the boy and his friend were amazed to discover a tiny sapling growing behind a low wall. They had never seen a tree and they imagined how majestic it would be someday. When they found out a condominium was to be built where their tree lived, the boys knew they had to dig it up and replant it. They had to save the last tree.
A poignant story about hope and the importance of nature. (Ages 4-7)

Review: Find Your Awesome


Fits a specific audience (3 stars)


I love a good self-help book and I love guided journaling projects so Find Your Awesome sounded right up my alley. For those looking to take on a 30-Day journaling challenge this has a really good format. The ideas are indeed playful and imaginative.

What held me back from giving this a higher rating was feeling like it was geared toward a young female audience. Not that there's anything wrong with that, I'm just older and didn't connect well to it or feel like I could recommend it to any of the men and boys I know who might enjoy a similar concept.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

Find Your Awesome: A 30-Day Challenge to Fall in Love with Your Playful, Imaginative & Colorful Self by Judy Clement Wall

Crafts, Hobbies, Self-Help
Digital/Print (122 pages, HCI)
In a perfect world, maybe you wouldn't need a 30-day challenge to find and fall in love with your most playful, imaginative, and colorful self, but we don't live in a perfect world. We live in a fast-paced, high-octane society where feeling lost in the jostling crowd is the norm and finding our own significance is oftentimes the biggest challenge of all.  Fearless love champion Judy Clement Wall will guide you through this challenge--to fill your well for 30 days and tap into the miracle that is you! When you learn to love and value yourself, your relationships with everyone else will change, because the person that you bring to the world will be the fullest, truest, best-loved version of yourself. 
So step up and take this challenge. Carve out a few minutes each day to fully engage with yourself; reflect, unwind, and have fun! Here's a sneak peek at just some of the prompts:  
#2: Be outrageously grateful
#3: Create a life list
#4: Appreciate your body in all its awesomeness
#6: Doodle your perfect t-shirt 
#11:  Find your life theme
#12:  Call "BS" on "should"
#14: Text love.
Using a stimulating mix of coloring, creative prompts, and other daily activities, master writer, artist and doodler Judy Clement Wall will help you uncover the undeniable awesomeness that is you.

Book Review: Creepy Crawly Crochet

Creepy CUTE Crochet (4 stars)

Though I've attempted crochet in the past, I didn't have the coordination to keep it up as a hobby. Never the less, I adore amigurumi books, particularly those with scifi, fantasy, horror, and pop culture themes. This one has some really original and comical designs that I adored. Boo Boo the Voodoo Doll is my favorite but Poe the Raven and Bun Bun the Bunny are fun, unexpected critters too.

From a technical standpoint I can't say whether the instructions would be easy to follow but I'm guessing most of these (based on appearance and length of instruction) are not going to be easy for beginners. That said, it does have a section of crochet basics so if you're totally new you may find it an inspiring place to build your skills.

Notes: Review copy received through NetGalley.

Creepy Crawly Crochet: 17 Creatures That Go Bump in the Night by Megan Kreiner

Hobbies, Crafting, Crochet, Horror
Print (112 pages, DOVER)
They're creepy but they're cute and cuddly, too! Inspired by classic literature, film, and folklore, these 17 crochet monsters will delight everyone with a taste for old-fashioned thrillers and modern tales of horror. Detailed instructions include assembly diagrams for ease of construction along with full-color photos. The patterns are suitable for beginners, but advanced crocheters will find them irresistible as well.
These fetching fiends include Boo Boo the Voodoo Doll; Jack, the Headless Horseman, and his horse, Nightmare; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Carl of the Dead and Daisy, his Zombie Dog; and other sinister characters. In addition to their value as handmade keepsake treasures, these characters also make great gifts for fans of horror and science fiction.




4.08.2017

100% Real Food, 0% Pretentious Babble

100% real food, 0% pretentious babble  (4 stars)


"Find the fun in food; don't be a judgmental jerk". When you pick up a book of recipes and find this wisdom in it, you can bet it's going to be full of nutrition-packed meals without being painfully pretentious. I had honestly never heard of Talbot before but his approach to cooking and eating left me quite impressed. While we all must eat to live, food has many more roles in our lives from celebrating and comforting to healing and communicating. It was so refreshing to find a chef with a similar take on why food should be healthy and as unprocessed as possible but not without the occasional foray into decadence.

As a diabetic, the author has unique insights and I think many who are struggling with the disease will find this an encouraging addition to their cookbook collection. Vegan, gluten-free, or have other dietary restrictions? Definitely worth checking out. Admittedly, a lot of the recipes are too involved for my household to enjoy with any regularity. For those who aren't land-locked and struggle to find much fresh produce that isn't your typical 3 types of lettuce or A-B-O fruits, if you can access more variety without spending your retirement fund I much recommend them.

Notes: ARC received through NetGalley.

Review: The Mighty Zodiac Vol. 1

Great first graphic novel for kids. (4 stars)

If you've got a young reader who would benefit from trying a graphic novel series, check this one out! Based on the Chinese zodiac this comic is an exciting find that is sure to appeal to kids who like martial artist animal franchises like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or large superhero team-ups like The Avengers or Justice League.

Adult readers may find it a little bit bland but still worth picking up to share with their child.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.


The Mighty Zodiac Volume 1: Starfall by J. Torres, Corin Howell, & Maarta Laiho

Graphic Novel, Mythology, Fantasy
Digital/Print (152 pages, ONI PRESS)
One dark and quiet night in Gaya, six stars fall from the sky. Master Long, the ailing leader of the Mighty Zodiac, sends his warriors out to collect the stars before the Moon Rabbit Army can get their paws on them first. If the Rabbits get the stars, the balance of nature—and the fate of all of Gaya—will be in danger. But Long's plans to use the stars to "cure" his illness may be just as dangerous—and bring an end to the Mighty Zodiac itself. (Ages 9-12)





4.06.2017

Review: All Birds Have Anxiety


An all ages resource! (4 stars)

Growing up I was a pretty nervous kid. A worrier. In adulthood it eventually manifested as a full blown disorder that eventually left me nearly crippled by its power. It has been an arduous journey finding the right tools to make it manageable. I can leave my home again! 

But it can be hard to explain it to those for whom anxiety as nothing more than an emotional reaction versus a medical condition. What I loved about All Birds Have Anxiety was that it is all ages friendly. Since I work with kids I found this book could work well at broaching the subject with my little worriers. 

Full of vivid photos, gentle humor, and hopefulness I think this would be a wonderful resource for teachers, counselors, and parents who have children (and adults) in need of some encouragement.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.


All Birds Have Anxiety by Kathy Hoopmann

Children's, Special Needs, Self-Help
Digital/Print (72 pages, JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS)Life as a bird can be stressful! From worrying about airplanes, windows, and getting enough worms to eat, it is clear that birds can be anxious beings. Through a light-touch, quizzical depiction of bird behaviour, All Birds Have Anxiety uses colourful images and astute explanations to explore with gentle humour what it means to live with anxiety day-to-day, and how to begin to deal with it.
Following the style of the best-selling All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Dogs Have ADHD, wonderful colour photographs express the complex and difficult ideas related to anxiety disorder in an easy-to-understand way. This simple yet profound book validates the deeper everyday experiences of anxiety, provides an empathic understanding of the many symptoms associated with anxiety, and offers compassionate suggestions for change.
The combination of understanding and gentle humour make this the ideal introduction to anxiety disorder for those diagnosed with this condition, their family and friends and those generally interested in understanding anxiety.





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