Dragonology

If you haven’t guessed by now, it’s REALLY hard for me to resist buying books. Even as our house is overflowing with them.

So when Little Lion and I were out Christmas shopping last weekend and I was fairly good at convincing her to put most things back on the shelf, when it came time to put back Dragonology by Ernest Drake and Dugald Steer, I was torn.

First Pages: Anna and the French Kiss

“Here is everything I know about France: Madeline and Amelie and Moulin Rouge. The Eiffel Tower and the Arc De Triomphe, although I hav eno idea what the function of either actually is. Napoleon, Marie Antoinette, ad a lot of kings named Louis. I’m not sure what they did either, but I think it has something to do with the French Revolution, which has something to do with Bastille Day.”

~ Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Drawn Together

My Lola was one of my kindred spirits. I think she understood me in a different way than my mom does.

So you can imagine that when I heard that Dan Santat was illustrating a picture book about a boy’s relationship with his grandfather, I leaped at the chance to read it. I mean, it’s Dan Santat, right?

First Pages: Crimes of Grindewald

“Scene 1: EXT NEW YORK, AMERICAN MINISTRY OF MAGIC—1927—NIGHT

AERIAL of New York and MACUSA building.]

Scene 2: INT MACUSA BASEMENT, BARE, BLACK-WALLED ROOM, NIGHT

The long-haired, bearded GRINDEWALD sits motionless, partially fixed to a chair. The air shimmers, charged with spells.

ABERNATHY peers in at GRINDEWALD from the corridor.

A baby chupacabra—part lizard, part homunculus, a blood-sucking creature of the Americas—is chained to GRINDEWALD’S chair. “

~ The Crimes of Grindewald by J.K. Rowling

First Pages: Awkward

“Okay, so when you’ve just moved to a new town and are still a total outsider…

this…

…is not the best way to start life at your new school.

Hi! Penelope here. Peppi for short. It’s my first day at Berrybrook Middle School, and I just ripped over my own feet and dropped everything.”

~ Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

First Pages: How to Train Your Dragon

“Long ago, on the wild and windy isle of Berk, a smallish Viking with a longish name stood up to his ankles in snow.

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, the Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, had been feeling slightly sick ever since he woke up that morning.”

~ How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Happy World Breastfeeding Week 2018!

I read everything I could about breastfeeding when I became a mom. You know why?  Because breastfeeding wasn't easy.  It didn't come naturally.  And it hurt! Why didn't anyone tell me it would hurt at first? Mini Me kept falling asleep and she lost more than the maximum ten percent.  And later she went on nursing strike at three months of age.

Happy Birthday, Harry: Part One of our Harry Potter Read-Along

I'm FINALLY reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!  Finally!  I admit that I had started and stopped it many times, not because of poor writing, but because it starts slowly for someone who has already seen the films. But the whole reason I picked this book for our summer read-along is because I wanted to get through the first book so I can get to all the rest.

And I'm glad I did. The world building is fantastic right from the get-go.