Thursday, May 6, 2010

Our Recent Favorite Reads...and a Giveaway

This giveaway is closed.

Wes's Pick

David Catow's loveable spaniel is back!
Readers will dine with delight as Chef Max serves up one hysterical meal after another at his very own diner. New readers will laugh-out-load as Max's pizza pie special creates one wacky lunchtime.

Read more about MAX!

Wes thinks this book is a huge crack-up!  He loves it.
He thinks the illustrations are hilarious and laughs out loud about Max's mistakes.  His favorite part is when a little dog tries to order a hot dog (Wes's favorite) and Max brings her a dog that is hot and panting.

Gracen's Pick
Chizzy's Topsy Tale

In Chizzy's Topsy Tale, Donna J. Shepherd's whimsical rhymes speed Chizzy and Dotty into the jungle on a whirlwind search for tempting fruit. Kevin Scott Collier illustrates Chizzy's rollicking escapades with a deft and humorous touch. Solid values, like helping a friend in need and minding Momma, make Chizzy's Topsy Tale a wonderful read-aloud choice.

Gracen, my budding artist, truly appreciates the vivid, colorful illustrations in this book.  In fact, she has even sketched and colored the characters in her own sketch pad. 

Samantha's Pick
Pandas' Earthquake Escape

Pandas' Earthquake Escape is a fictional story based on a real-life event. In real life, XiXi, a giant panda did escape from the destroyed Wolong Panda Reserve when the 7.9 earthquake rocked Northern China on May 12, 2008. Author Phyllis Perry uses the adventures of a mother panda, LiLing, and her one-year old cub, Tengfei, to teach children about earthquakes, animal survival, and to reinforce a mother s instinct to protect her child.

Earlier in the school year, Samantha's class did a comprehensive study of China.  They even went to The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. to see the panda exhibit.  Needless to say, she fell in love with the pandas.  Therefore, I knew she would appreciate this book.  Boy, was I right!  She has read it several times and comments on the adorable panda illustrations each time.  Not only are the illustrations beautiful, but the story is heartfelt and endearing.

My Pick
Motherhood is Murder (A Maternal Instincts Mystery)

Nights out are hard to come by for new mommy Kate Connelly. So when Kate and her husband are invited to a dinner cruise hosted by her new mommy club, Roo & You, they jump at it. But when the president of the club takes a deadly spill, everyone becomes suspect-and Kate's on deck to solve the mystery.

Motherhood is Murder is the second novel in Diana Orgain's Maternal Instincts Mystery series.  I read the first novel, Bundle of Joy, a while back and loved it.  Therefore, I was excited to dive into this one.  Motherhood is Murder did not disappoint.

Kate, the main character, learns a lot about herself as she continues to find her way as a new mother and private investigator.  I easily identify with Kate on many levels.  For example, I completely understand her deep desire to want to stay home with her new baby.  I felt the exact same way when I had my children.   Although Kate does not want to return to work full time, she knows that she has to have a source of income.  Therefore, she throws herself into the world of private investigating.  I love this facet of the story because it is exactly why and how I developed The Itty-Bitty Bookworm.  

For this giveaway, I am offering two lucky readers a copy of Motherhood is Murder.
To enter please leave me a comment telling me
what you would choose to do if you could begin a new career.

For additional entries ~
Subscribe to my blog.
Follow Diana Orgain on Twitter.

Winners will be randomly selected on May 14, 2010.
They will have 48 hours to respond.
Contest for US addresses only.