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Boost It Tuesday! – June 30, 2015

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free ChanceCandace’s Book Blog, & If These Books Could Talk for  Boost It Tuesday!

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

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As an added bonus, Candace, Kate, and I will be hosting a giveaway each week just to say thanks for the boost!

 

For this week’s giveaway, head over to the Candace’s Book Blog Facebook page and answer the question in the Boost It post!

 

Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!


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Gina’s Review: Daughters of the Lake by Jane Riddell

Daughters of the Lake

Daughters of the Lake 
written by Jane Riddell
published by Jane Riddell, 2014

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did, but it started out rather slow for my taste. I know that characters need to be developed, but it felt a bit sluggish. I found myself wanting to put the book down a few times. However, once the second half of the book started, I really did want to know what happened to the characters. And although I wasn’t totally thrilled with how some of the story ended, it did make sense. There were many ways characters could have crashed and burned Gatsby-style in this novel, but I’m okay with the fact that Riddell didn’t take it that way.

 

GOLDEN LINES

“She couldn’t visualize Lawrence in Paris. Although he appeared athletic and younger in his climbing gear today, he normally looked middle-aged and bland in chinos and checked shirt. No doubt when he glanced in the mirror he saw something different.”

 

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Would I recommend it: Sure.

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About the book – from Goodreads: Daughters of the Lake is a contemporary family drama set in Switzerland. Madalena invites her four adult children to celebrate her hotel’s fortieth anniversary, unaware of their tensions and secrets. As the day of the celebration approaches, confused emotions take hold, and the occasion goes badly wrong. Set against a backdrop of mountains and lakes, this is a story of love, betrayal and family conflict.

 

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Story Time with Sara: Don’t Make Me Laugh by James Stevenson

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Don't Make Me LaughDon’t Make Me Laugh 
written by James Stevenson
published by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2003

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Did I enjoy this book: Well . . . I admit I was the one who picked this one out. It looked like it was going to be a lot of fun (it reminded me of The Book With No Pictures). It turns out Don’t Make Me Laugh is TONS of fun for a 3-year-old but more akin to Chinese Water Torture for adults.

The book consists of a preface followed by 3 very short “funny” stories.

In the preface, an Alligator explains that there is no laughing or smiling allowed while reading this book (this is the part I read in the library when I thought it would be fun . . .). The part I DID NOT read was that if you smiled or laughed during the book you had to go back to the beginning . . . Yeah. I knew as soon as I read that sentence I should have just skipped it (the 3-year-old wouldn’t have known), but alas, I read it out loud and this turned into the LONGEST FREAKING BOOK EEEEEEVVVVVEEEEERRRR!

Of course, the first thing a 3-year-old does when you tell him not to smile or laugh is smile and laugh . . . “The rules say we go back to the beginning now, Mommy!” NOT COOL, Stevenson. NOT. COOL.

The three “funny” stories weren’t that bad, but as I hate this book with the fiery passion of a thousand volcanoes, I can’t give you an unbiased opinion. The 3-year-old thinks they’re HILARIOUS (Seriously. The caps are necessary to express the emotion I’m feeling).

This book earned a special trip back to the library just to get it out of the house. It wouldn’t be that bad if you just skipped the part about going back to the beginning every time you laugh (that will teach me not to pre-read the ENTIRE book before taking it home). The only reason I gave it more than one star is that my son really REALLY enjoys it (either that or he is a master bedtime procrastinating manipulator).  Most likely it’s both. 🙂

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Would I recommend it: Only to people whom I truly despise and want to make suffer.

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About the book – from Goodreads:

Do you feel like laughing?
Then you’d better not read this book!
There is no laughing allowed!
Do you hear?
NO LAUGHING!

 

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Summer Reading Challenge: Summer Secrets by Jane Green (Chrissy’s review)

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Summer SecretsSummer Secrets
written by Jane Green
published by St. Martin’s Press, 2015

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did enjoy Summer Secrets. It starts out a bit slow, but it sucks you in until you are invested in Cat’s life. I didn’t want to not read this book. I finished it in just over a day. It is a heartbreaking story but so very good.

Cat is a recovering-relapsing-recovering alcoholic. She has struggles. She has a past. She learns that her distant, uncaring father is not actually her father. This is a real story about alcoholics. You feel Cat’s pain, self-loathing, denial, pride, fear, worth, etc. It’s all there. You can’t help but feel for Cat. You want to not like her. You want to say she deserves what she got. But you don’t want those things. You don’t want her to continue to let sobriety slip through her fingers. You don’t want her fail. You want her to make it. You want her to find her happiness. You want her to be the best mother she can be. You just do.

Summer Secrets is a powerful book that will stay with you.

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Would I recommend it: Yes, this would be a great beach read or anytime read.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
June, 1998: At twenty seven, Catherine Coombs, also known as Cat, is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. Her lunchtimes consist of several glasses of wine at the bar downstairs in the office, her evenings much the same, swigging the free booze and eating the free food at a different launch or party every night. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that.

June, 2014: Cat has finally come to the end of herself. She no longer drinks. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, to the gorgeous summer community where the women she once called family still live. Despite her sins, will they welcome her again? What Cat doesn’t realize is that these women, her real father’s daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone’s need for revenge.

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Clementine Rose and the Pet Day Disaster by Jacqueline Harvey

Clementine Rose and the Pet Day DisasterClementine Rose and the Pet Day Disaster (Clementine Rose #2)
written by Jacqueline Harvey
published by Random House, 2013

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I really did. Like the first book, Clementine Rose and the Surprise Visitor, I finished this book in a few hours. (You can see my review of book 1 here.) And I enjoyed every minute.

Clementine Rose is just as sweet and precocious and adorable in this book as she was in the first. You can’t help but love her. Her first day of school experience was great. I loved the head mistress, Miss Critchly. She really knows kids. And the Pet Day is so much fun. Just a wonderful read.

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Would I recommend it: Yes, I would. Like the first book, I can’t wait to share this series with my daughter.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Clementine Rose is so excited! She’s going to start school with her best friends Sophie and Poppy and she can’t wait. But when she gets there, instead of the lovely Miss Critchley, her teacher is the much sterner and shoutier Mrs Bottomley. And then there’s Angus, a little boy who delights in tormenting her from the moment they first meet.

After her first day, Clementine decides school may not be so much fun after all. But the announcement of a Pet Day changes everything. If Lavender the teacup pig can come to school with Clementine, everything will be alright… won’t it?

 

 

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Sara’s Review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (audiobook)

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Steelheart (Reckoners #1)
written by Brandon Sanderson
published by Delacorte Press, 2013

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Did I enjoy this book: 
I love, love, loved it! I listened to all 12+ hrs of the audiobook in less than a week. I was totally hooked!

I have always enjoyed Sanderson’s world building, and this book is no different. Despite it being less fantasy and more real-world based, I still loved it. It’s interesting to think about what would happen to our real world if all of a sudden people with superpowers appeared. And in our reality, would we really expect them to be heroes rather than villains? Seems to me this is a dim yet truthful representation of mankind.

I loved the characters! David is a fun protagonist to follow—he has a hilarious habit of using awful metaphors that had me (and characters in the story) laughing out loud. I actually found myself wondering how the heck Sanderson managed to come up with all the ridiculous metaphors David used. He must have spent a good deal of time thinking about metaphors that don’t make any sense, because they really don’t come to you easily.

Also, either David or Sanderson really really Really doesn’t like handguns . . . I felt like at least 1/4 of David’s dialog is about how rifles are infinitely better than handguns. I have to say I really don’t care, nor am I confident that I could identify a rifle if my life depended on it. For the first half of the book I was thinking of a shotgun every time they talked about a rifle, so needless to say, I was a bit confused by why David thought his rifle would be more accurate than a handgun . . .

The plot is exciting and moves well. I did find it a tiny bit hard to believe that David as the 18-year-old newcomer to the Reckoners joins the team and becomes the “expert” when the rest of the team has been fighting Epics for half a decade. And as for David’s “Plan to Defeat Steelheart”—that’s his life’s work? Well, let’s just say I wasn’t too impressed . . . it seemed like a pretty weak plan to me, and yet the Reckoners are totally willing to throw all-in with this detail-less plan.

As for Megan, I loved her! I knew a little bit about her secret because of having already read Mitosis (you can read my review here), but I was certainly in the dark about the twist until right before it’s revealed. I am excited to find out whether we will learn more about Megan in the second book as her ending was a little uncertain.

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Would I recommend it: This is an awesome book, and I started into the second book right away after finishing it. I would certainly recommend this book! Pick it up and enjoy!

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About the book – from Goodreads: Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart – the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning – and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

 

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Boost It Tuesday! – June 23, 2015

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free ChanceCandace’s Book Blog, & If These Books Could Talk for  Boost It Tuesday!

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

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As an added bonus, Candace, Kate, and I will be hosting a giveaway each week just to say thanks for the boost!

 

For this week’s giveaway, head over to the Every Free Chance Facebook page and answer the question in the Boost It post!

 

Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!

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Cover Reveal: Nephilim by Annabell Cadiz (spotlight, giveaway)

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Nephilim (Sons of Old #3)
written by Annabell Cadiz
published by Annabell Cadiz, August 2015

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About the book: After the loss of Dustin, Zahara throws herself into taking care of the Howling Café—the café he left to her in his will and fights to keep a rhythm of normalcy with the others. It’s the best they can do since Lucifer has gone underground and any attempts to find him have rendered no leads.

Endymion, Prince of the Angel Kingdom, isn’t exactly helping though. Thanks to his brash and arrogant attitude, Zahara finds she would rather stab him with her dagger than hang out with him for any period of time. But she has no choice. Endymion is the only who can help her learn to control the magic threatening to take over her body thanks to his connection to the soul lying dormant inside of her. Nevaeh was once the most powerful Nephilim in the Supernatural Kingdoms and engaged to the Prince himself. She also happened to be Lucifer’s daughter who was killed in the first Supernatural War. Her soul is key to Lucifer creating war again—not just with the Supernatural Kingdoms but with Heaven itself. Endymion is determined to keep that from happening, even if that means destroying the soul of the only woman he’s ever loved so Zahara can live.

Complicating things even more—as if they could get any more complicated—is the revelation of an ancient Grimoire once held by Margaret. The Grimorie contains powerful spells passed down through the generations of coven members within the Light Witch community. But Margaret hid it away before she helped take Lucifer down the first time. The Grimoire not only holds the two dark spells Lucifer needs to complete the final phase of his plan and but a secret Lucifer never knew about.

Zahara and company are in a race to find the Grimoire before Lucifer can but Margaret didn’t exactly make it easy. Seven keys have to be found in order to discover the location where the Grimoire had been hidden. Making matters worse is a new coven that has suddenly appeared in town. A coven made of a variety of supernaturals, all under Lucifer’s command.

The clock is ticking.

Battles will be waged.

Life changing secrets will be revealed.

The stage for the epic battle is set and not everyone will make it out alive.

Don’t forget to check out the first two books in the Sons of Old trilogy!

 
LuciferLucifer (Sons of Old #1)
written by Annabell Cadiz
published by Annabell Cadiz, 2013

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About the book: Have you ever wondered what could be hiding in the shadows?

Well, for eighteen-year-old Zahara Faraday, she doesn’t have to wonder. You see she comes from a lineage of Light Witches, those who have chosen to help protect and serve between the supernatural world and the human world. The only problem is Zahara, like her father Solomon, is as human as a human being can be whereas her mother, Mia, and her Aunt Catalina, were born as Light Witches. As a family they hunt down rogue supernaturals—creatures who harm humans or who have committed an act against their kingdom.

Zahara’s hunting skills are usually kept dormant since her parents would prefer she live life as a normal human girl without knowledge of the supernatural world. She plans on doing just that—except when she finds a couple being attacked by fairies, she has no choice but to step in. Before she can return to pretending to be blissfully ignorant, Zahara encounters a problem she isn’t the least equip to handle: Bryan Hamilton, the good looking new co-worker she has to help train. In a heartbeat, her best friend, Becca King, has set her up on a double date with herself and her new crush, Rekesh Saint-Louis, who happens to be the most powerful leader of the biggest Imago Coven in South Florida –supernatural creatures with the ability to control water . . . and suck out human souls.

Zahara has no time to focus on how she’s going to explain her double date with her best friend and the enemy they have a tentative truce with to her parents because soon one of the members of Mia and Catalina’s coven is found murdered with a strange tattoo of a snake with wings carved into his arm.

Zahara is then thrown into a whirlwind battle with an angel determined to have revenge against God, an Imago coven she doesn’t think they should trust, and slew of dream-eating fairies and powerful Nephilims, hybrid children of angels and humans, more than happy to rip her to shreds.

Normal just got a deadlier definition.

MichaelMichael (Sons of Old #2)
written by Annabell Cadiz
published by Annabell Cadiz, 2014

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About the book:  Zahara Faraday looks like a normal eighteen-year-old and lives in a quiet neighborhood with her overprotective parents. She works at a bookstore and hangs out with her best friend Becca King on a daily basis. But underneath the normal lies a secret life filled with dangerous supernaturals. Zahara belongs to a world made of Light Witches, rogue Imagoes (supernatural creatures with super strength, speed, and silver skin when the moon is out), fallen angels, and Nephilim (hybrid children born half-human, half-angel). Where her father Solomon Faraday is human, her mother Mia and her Aunt Catalina are Light Witches. They help protect the human world by hunting down rogue supernaturals who commit heinous acts against humans. What they never expected was the possibility of having to hunt down the one rogue coven they had befriended and come to trust in their battle against Lucifer. Rekesh Saint-Louis is the leader of the most powerful Imago coven in Florida and now he’s the most suspected. Supernatural bodies are starting to pile up with an ancient ritual long forbade being used to murder them and the symbol, one large cross with four smaller crosses around it—which represents Rekesh’s coven— being left behind. Rekesh and the Elders of his coven set out to find who is behind the murders and clearing his name before a war between the covens begins. To make matters more difficult, Rekesh also has to deal with the return of someone he has been keeping a secret.

Meanwhile, Zahara and Becca are spending more time brushing up on their training, knowing an attack from Lucifer can come at any moment. Between patrolling neighborhoods and hanging at the boarding school created by Charles Stephens—a fallen angel who created the school to protect the children of rogue supernaturals—they are thrown into one battle after another. Zahara begins to develop a closer bond with Jason as they train and chase down clues to clear Rekesh’s name. What she doesn’t know is the very powerful secret Jason is keeping; a secret that will change the course of the fight with Lucifer.

But Rekesh’s coven being set up isn’t the only danger. A new powerful and lethal drug has emerged from the shadows of the supernatural world called Inferi. The drug has two deadly side effects: it leaves the supernatural hungering for blood—both human and supernatural—and grants them the elemental power they had once possessed.

Lucifer is on the move and he will stop at nothing to get his hands on Zahara and complete the first act of his plan.

A battle is about to begin.

One that may cost the Faraday family everything they hold dear.

 

Annabell CadizAbout the author: Born and raised in the sweltering suburbs of South Florida, Annabell Cadiz grew up fine-tuned to the cuisine of various Spanish cultures, learned to master the art of Puerto Rican cooking thanks to her parents, and learned to converse crazy thanks to her band of siblings. She is now working toward attaining a B.A. in Psychology at Trinity International University to better understand how to converse with the weirdoes and crazies of the world. (After all, she is one of them.) A self-proclaimed nerd and a book-a-holic (her room holds dozens of shelves with much evidence to prove that her claims are indeed true), she created TeamNerd Reviews along with her best friend, Bridget Strahin, to showcase their EXTREME love for all things book related.

She published her debut novel, Lucifer (Sons of Old Trilogy #1), in January 2013. The second novel, Michael (Sons of Old Trilogy #2) was released on May 28, 2014. And the final installment in the Sons of Old Trilogy, Nephilim, will be out in Summer 2015.

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Gina’s Review: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Me Before You

Me Before You 
written by JoJo Moyes
published by Viking, 2012

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Did I enjoy this book: 
I am madly in love with this book. I can’t emphasize this enough to anyone I talk to about Me Before You. You will laugh, you will cry, but most of all, you will feel. I know for sure that this book will be put on my favorites list and that I will probably read it again and again. The writing is flawless. The first few chapters made me want to stay up all hours of the night reading it. I thought every character was well written, and I can guarantee you will fall in love with Will and Louisa. The only other thing I will say is that you should make sure to have some tissues handy, especially if you are like me, an emotional crybaby.

 

GOLDEN LINES

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

 

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Would I recommend it: Read this book! Read it now!

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About the book – from Goodreads: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

 

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Story Time with Sara: McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss

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McElligot's PoolMcElligot’s Pool
written by Dr. Seuss
published by Random House Books for Young Readers, 1947

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Did I enjoy this book: 
We all really enjoyed this classic Dr. Seuss book! I had never even heard of it—we just happened to see it in the Dr. Seuss section at the library one week and decided to take a chance on it. It turned out to be a great choice!

Some of the other classic Dr. Seuss books (If I Ran the Circus and The Sleep Book) are fun, but they go on and on (and on and on). McElligot’s Pool is on the longer side, but not so long you need a nap before the end. The illustrations are fun and embody that classic “Seuss” feel, and the rhymes are wonderful and silly just as you would expect!

Both my preschooler and I had fun giggling about the silly species of fish Marco imagined finding in McElligot’s Pool! My son’s favorites are the Cat and Dog Fish, while I enjoyed the THING-A-MA-JIGGER (It’s so big it makes a whale look like a sardine)!

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Would I recommend it: If you like Dr. Seuss or imaginary fish, this book will be right up your alley.

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About the book – from Goodreads: Imagination runs wild in this Caldecott Honor-winning tale featuring Dr. Seuss’s inimitable voice and hysterical illustrations. The first Seuss title to feature full-color art on every other page, this adventurous picture book tells of Marco-who first imagined an extraordinary parade in And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street-as he daydreams of all the possibilities that await him while he fishes in McElligot’s Pool. Optimistic and exciting, this tale is the perfect bait, and readers young and old will be hooked on this fish-tastic favorite.

 

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