Tuesday’s Tots: My Top Children’s Books… Part Deux

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The fun continues with Part Deux of my favorite children’s books

 

A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger fluffy

This is actually my mother’s favorite children’s book. She’d laugh hysterically whenever she read it. See, there’s this porcupine and his parents can’t decide on a name for their prickly child and somehow, possibly not knowing the definition of the word Fluffy, see fit to name their newborn just that. Fluffy. Fluffy, seemingly possessing vast knowledge of words and meanings or maybe he just knows what Fluffy means, has this existential crisis when his image does not match his name. (Are you not laughing yet?!) Fluffy makes an unlikely friend in a happy rhino. The illustrations are HILARIOUS. And this book has the mom-reader-of-500-books-over-and-over stamp of approval.

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Tuesday’s Tots: My Top Not-Quite-100 Children’s Books… Part 1

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My original title for this post was My Top Not-Quite-100 Children’s Books That you may or may not have heard of That Should Be on Your Shelf or Bought for your niece/nephew/grandchild/any child in your life or even for yourself because children’s books aren’t just for children as evidenced by my growing collection of Mo Willems’ books.

Since that was too long – Not-Quite-100 will have to do.

I’m going to try and resist putting staples on this. Goodnight Moon, The Cat in the Hat, Runaway Bunny and the like. In the countless homes-with-tots I’ve entered, these are ALWAYS there. And there are so many other books out there that are just SO good for the grownup reader that will likely memorize said book and the tiny human that will request it over and over and over again.

Without further ado and in no particular order whatsoever

Shark vs. Train by  Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheldsharktrain

This book was a favorite with one of my tots. See, Shark and Train are VERY competitive and challenge the other to see who’s best at important things like, selling lemonade or being quiet in a library. But as the challenges intensify and become more and more ridiculous, they (hilariously) realize things are getting out of hand. The illustrations are so amazing and just add to the antics. Pay close attention to the last shark vs. train challenge, grownups. It’s a treat.

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It All Fades Away

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There’s something I love more than reading – pizza and going to the theatre. Not the movie theatre – Broadway theatre. Musical theatre, specifically. Unfortunately, theatre tix are 500 times more expensive than a book & I’m not (insert obscenely rich person’s name here) so I go to as many shows as I can which never feels like enough. Last year, I made the really adult decision to obliterate my savings account and see 2 shows a month. Then in August of last year, I decided that I’d grow up….and save. A very painful decision. Then the Tony noms were announced and I realized that nine months had passed since I was in the presence of someone bursting into glorious song (excluding impromptu subway singers). Thanks to tax time (yay gov’t) there were funds available and tons of shows to choose from. I had just read that Bridges of Madison County was closing and I had never had the pleasure of seeing Kelli O’Hara in anything so there I went. And oh, how glad I am that I did. I saw the movie way back when and liked it well enough but I wasnt falling all over myself to see the musical. But there was something in my gut that said to go see it.

Fast forward to the day of the how – I was just really excited to be inside of the theatre, the ushers – theatergoers dressed to the nines and others in flip flops (seriously.). When the lights dimmed, I started to tear up a bit.

In short, Kelli O’hara deserves all the hype and more more more more. & Steven Pasquale is as gorgeous as he is talented. (Fun little anecdote: I was in line at the Barnes &  Noble signing/performance for the cast CD and I was pretty peeved that I had to stand by the restrooms until hunky Steven passed by. A collective silence passed over the group of us when he passed by. Sigh)

I haven’t been this moved since seeing Once, also a bit tragic but different, softer, I’d say? Bridges is Once with the addition of its passion and tragedy on steroids. I was able to see Once SIX times and Bridges only…once. ):

Someone once told me that if I couldnt afford/see a show, to just listen to the Cast Recording because “it’s basically the same thing” and by George (Gershwin), it’s NOT the same at all. It’s a close second, third, maybe to being there. And I feel it most with Bridges OCR. The music just encapsulates the story, the passion in a way that I haven’t experienced before.

I find lately, that I enjoy hopelessly tragic musicals over the splashy/funny/slapstick-y ones. If I’m not violently sobbing when I leave, did I really enjoy myself?

For days after watching the show, I had One Second and a Million Miles on repeat. And now, as I type this, Kleenex box nearby, I can’t stop listening.

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Book Release: Mad Water

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Yesterday’s crimes. Tomorrow’s retribution.

Blurb:

In the third book of the best-selling Pearseus series, the incessant scheming of the various players and their nebulous puppet-masters has brought about major change. Cyrus is now the new ruler of the Capital, struggling to fight Jonia’s revolt along with his own demons. Gella strives to keep abreast of Teo’s devious plans in order to end the war with Jonia. David returns to the First in an effort to overcome his loss of the Voice. Lehmor’s struggle to reunite with Moirah brings him to uncharted territories, where the enigmatic Iota play with minds, senses and the future of the entire planet.

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Beyond the Count

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Beyond The Count ed. Margo Bond Collins

 

Book Synopsis

Long before Dracula, vampires stalked the literary scene.

These early literary vampires are sometimes terrifying, at times melodramatic, and occasionally ridiculous, but they are always out for blood—and their vampiric descendants continue to fascinate and captivate us.

Beyond the Count is a collection of vampire stories, plays, and poems from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This collection gives students, scholars, and vampire aficionados the opportunity to examine works often long out of print and to contextualize the development of vampire legend beyond that most famous of literary Counts.

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About the Editor

Margo Bond Collins holds a Ph.D. in eighteenth-century British literature and is a professor of English, and is also the author of a number of novels, including Taming the Country Star, Legally Undead, Waking Up Dead, and Fairy, Texas. After a decade of moving all around the country (Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta are a few of the places she’s lived), she has settled in her native Texas. Margo lives near Fort Worth with her husband, her daughter, and several very spoiled cats, and she spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains. You can learn more about her writing at http://www.MargoBondCollins.net

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Sheila Bliss

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Guest Post by Sheila Bliss

There were so many things I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be a TV news anchorwoman, a fashion designer, a news journalist, a nurse, a teacher and a psychologist. That’s quite a variety. I wanted to make sure I had all the bases covered. I was also a voracious reader. My entire family was. Memories as a kid always involved a family member reading a book. My dad, my mom, and my older sisters. The best vacations also involved sharing our responses to whatever book one of us was reading at the time. My family instilled in me a huge love for reading. It was also my escape. My childhood was lonely at times and broken. Reading allowed me to escape the loneliness and I found solace reading about people who experienced a similar pain between the pages of a book. Continue reading