Manners Are Not for Monkeys

Manners Are Not for MonkeysManners Are Not for Monkeys by Heather Tekavec
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

First impression, cute illustrations, promising idea. I loved the book and thought the story was adorable. The message however, while important, I felt was a little understated for preschool/kindergarten age. That, along with my dislike for the small writing, would put this book at four out of five stars for me.

My three and a half year old on the other hand, loved it– and understood the meaning behind the story. He says five stars.

His opinion wins out.

Review: Steven the Upset Stomach

Steven the Upset StomachSteven the Upset Stomach by Justin Noble
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I recieved this book for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My son and I really loved this book. It is an extremely cute way for kids to receive nutritional information, and digest it in a way that makes sense to them. My son is three and he understood most of the concepts in the book.

Great read for all young children, from preschool through to primary grades.

Review: The Gilded Lynx

The Gilded LynxThe Gilded Lynx by Leah Erickson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book presents itself as a coming of age novel. About a young teenager who is sheltered from the outside world, and wants the chance to experience it. It is about a mother who has set out the be the best she can be, but in the process neglected her daughter. It is about learning the world is not black and white; that all ‘good’ is tainted with ‘evil’.

I don’t know exactly what I was expecting after reading the synopsis, but I know I got much more than I thought. Daphne is extremely naive, sheltered child when we first meet her, and we get to watch her grow up.

For me, the characters were well described, and played an integral role in Daphne’s story. The romantic in me was hoping for a little more resolution in the disappearance of her father, but overall an excellent book.

I will admit that the first few chapters took a little for me to get into, but it was well worth the effort.

Review: Surviving the Angel of Death

Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in AuschwitzSurviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is phenomenal.

I actually put off reading this book a couple of times, mainly because I wasn’t really in the mood for depressing subjects. Which was a pretty big mistake because while this is a memoir of an Auschwitz survivor, it is one of the most uplifting and inspirational books I’ve read in quite a while.

Eva Moses Kor along with her twin sister, witnessed true evil, barely managing to make it out alive. They went through a hell most will never know, and at such a pivotal time in their young lives. The torture they went through was horrendous, yet it is delivered in such a poetic way, focusing rather on Eva’s drive to survive. As the reader you still feel the sadness for the victims, and the anger towards Hitler, and those who believed his propaganda; we just get reminded that no other persons actions, regardless of the severity can define you.

The brilliant retelling of Eva’s memories into a more youth-friendly read, is a huge part of the success of this book. For the general population (i.e., the non-history buffs) young and old alike, Surviving the Angel of Death shows the unimaginable dehumanisation that Hitler and his Nazis forced upon the Jewish population in a way that is more approachable than we are accustomed to.

Review: Yes, My Accent Is Real

Yes, My Accent is Real: A MemoirYes, My Accent is Real: A Memoir by Kunal Nayyar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Over the years my admiration of Kunal has only grown. I feel that he deserves a much bigger part on The Big Bang Theory than he has, but that’s for another time. We have watched as he brought Raj from a shy Indian boy with selective-mutism to the outgoing and fun-loving character his is now.

When the chance to read his ‘not really a memoir’ came up on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read it, and boy, am I glad I did!

Kunal is a hilarious actor and his writing reflects that. His stories show his great devotion to his family and friends who all helped shape him into the actor we all get to watch every week.

He managed to make a book about his emigration from India that will not only be relatable to fellow immigrants, but also to anyone who is going through a significant change in their lives.

I personally loved his quirky humour and the connection you fell with Kunal’s younger self. His ‘life lessons’–most of which come from his father, are lessons that everyone would benefit from learning.

Overall,
Yes, My Accent is Real
is a great read about the life and culture of an awkward-yet-funny Indian emigrant finding himself in a new country.

Review: The 12 Brides of Summer- Novella Collection #4

The 12 Brides of Summer - Novella Collection #4The 12 Brides of Summer – Novella Collection #4 by Vickie McDonough
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

All three novellas are by different authors, but are all similar, while still being unique stories. However, I am slightly torn for the rating of this book. Part of me loves these quaint stories about love in the late nineteenth century, but part of me strongly dislikes the multitude of God references.

I finally decided on five stars, primarily because when I selected this book it was clearly stated that it was a Christian romance, but also because I shouldn’t be judging a book by it’s character’s religion. Much to the same way I can read book with characters of a different sexual orientation than myself–I can read books, and not take offence to, with different religious beliefs.

Review: Science of Parenthood

Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting SituationsScience of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations by Norine Dworkin-McDaniel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This hilarious book combines (slightly altered) well known scientific facts with extremely accurate anecdotes that all parents can relate to.

I recommend this book, with its quirky stories and cute graphics to all parents, grandparents and caregivers; I guarantee it’ll make you chuckle.