Book of the Week: Henry in Love

Book of the Week, Children's

Henry in Love by Peter McCarty

Published: 2009 by Balzer + Bray

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose this book as book of the week:

It’s a sweet story about first love.

Unlike many children’s books, the illustrations are quite, humble even.

Henry, is a loveable character.

Even though I’m kind of weirded out by animals in clothes, McCarty’s book didn’t give me that weirded out feeling.

The illustrations weren’t only beautiful, but they were accurate. Chloe (Henry’s love interest) was a rabbit, and if you were to look closely you could see each piece of fur in his illustrations.

The blueberry muffin was bright blue in color.

I liked the message that sharing can bring people together.

Henry is quiet, but he’s courageous.

The writing is simple and strong and isn’t dependant of the illustrations.

We Have A Winner!


Yes, it’s true!

The BookBandit would like to congratulate Amy for winning the signed copy of Daphne Grab’s Alive and Well in Prague, New York.

Congratulations Amy, I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!

Lost and Found

Food For Thought, Random

Let me tell you a story…

When I was in grammar school, our school library wasn’t a particularly great library.  Yes, it had plenty of books, but many were so dusty you could barely see the cover art. For the most part, most students (at least in my class) checked out the same book each week. And for the most part that book was a brightly colored book about nature.

But not me – I had to be the different one. We had assigned seats in library. You see we went to the school library once a week for an hour or so, we’d pick our books and have quiet reading time. Once a year, as a class we’d pick one book and read it as a whole. On even rarer occasions the school librarian would allow to have class discussions – about books, about what was going on in the world, etc..

Anyway, we had assigned seats, and I remember being at the first table closest to the door. I also remember that every time I looked at the book shelf one book always caught my eye. Curious, I checked out that dust-covered book. I remember loving the cover art for some reason. I remember liking the book, however now I haven’t a clue as to what it was about.  For some reason I never forgot that book (okay, I’ll admit I forgot the author, but when you’re in second grade that doesn’t always matter). It was called A Grass Rope. I haven’t seen this book since. Every so often I think about this book, and think how much I would like to read it once again.

This week, A Grass Rope popped into my mind. After thinking about it for a whole afternoon I decided it was about time I searched Amazon for it – and found it!  I found that it was written by William Mayne, and that no library that I belong to has it.  I also found out that I could buy a copy from Amazon for $70 (for a new copy, which I will NOT be purchasing, however I may buy a used copy for $7).

For some reason, finding this book, and finding out that this book wasn’t just all in my head made me really happy (and excited cause now I could own my own copy).

Are there any books that you read when you were little, have forgotten about, and have been reunited with? If so, feel free to share your thoughts!

You Choose

Food For Thought, Random

Hello Fellow Readers and Followers (Are you out there?!?)

I am a very indecisive person. And one of the hardest decisions I hate making is what book I’m going to read next. So I’m taking it to the polls, and giving you a shot to pick what I read next.

Vote as many times as you like, the book with the greatest amounts of votes will win, and will be the book I read next.  This poll will be open for one full week (until August 27th).

Can’t wait to see what book I’m going to read next.

Book of the Week: Heist Society

Book of the Week, Young Adult

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Published Hyperion Books 2010

The reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

The book was a mix of everything – there was mystery, there was action, there was even a hint of romance.

It was extremely well written, well researched, and smart.

The main character is likeable – I felt like she was someone I could be good friends with.

It was fast paced.

It kept readers at the edge of their seats with all the twists and turns.

I absolutely adore the cover.

There are many books about the crimes people have committed (both fiction and nonfiction), but Carter’s take on the subject is fresh and uniquely her own.

It makes a good point that no matter what your family does or who they are, they will always be family and will always support you.

Demon Princess: Reign or Shine


Demon Princess:Reign or Shine by Michelle Rowen

Nikki Donovan’s life is average. In the time she’s spent in her new hometown of Erin Height she has managed to befriend the school’s most popular girl, and has caught the much desired attention of the hottest guy, Chris.darker thanOn the outside, Nikki Donovan is nothing more than your average sixteen year old girl. But on the inside she’s something much more extraordinary, something much

All average facts of Nikki’s average life.

But things are about to change when Michael, a creepy yet mysterious guy starts following her. Michael doesn’t want to cause her any harm, in fact he’s following her to protect her, and to tell her who she really is. Michael has come to tell her that, not only is her long-lost father dying, but he’s also King of the Shadowlands. In Nikki’s terms, he’s a demon. If he’s king then she’s…a princess. A demon princess. 

From the moment she finds out Nikki’s world is suddenly turned upside down. She finds herself believing in things she was taught is only fantasy. More importantly though, she finds herself fighting not only for her father’s life, but her own. 

Will this princess rise to the top, or will her reign over the Shadowlands fall short? 

Author Michelle Rowen has done something unthinkable in today’s day and age. She’s written a paranormal storyline that is witty, original, and uniquely her own. Even though demons have been written out countless times, Demon Princess is fresh. 

The story of Demon Princess: Reign or Shine is much more than the story of a girl turned demon. Underneath it all the plot is about the changes – mental, physical, and psychological – that teenage girls often go though in discovered who they are, and accepting that discovery. 

 Rowen does a great job at illustrating those changes and that same acceptance. Though strong characters, especially Nikki, Rowen has set a new standard of strong female characters. Nikki, not always decisive, is strong-willed, determined, and courageous. 

Rowen’s book, at the heart of it, is paranormal fiction. However it is laced with action and adventure, a bit of mystery, and for all those romance lovers out there, some of that too. Rowen does a great job at balancing each aspect out and writing a well-balanced book.

Book of the Week: When Stella Was Very, Very Small

Book of the Week, Children's

When Stella Was Very, Very Small by Marie-Louise Gay

Published Groundwood Books 2009

The reasons why I like this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

It’s imaginative.

Stella isn’t only very, very small, but she’s also really, really adorable (I don’t think I’ve seen a cuter character than her).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The artwork is beautiful, and can tell Stella’s story on its own.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               It shows readers what the world looks like from a very small perspective – a child’s perspective.  For example adults view their backyard as just that, small children like Stella may view it as a wild jungle waiting to be explored.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It shows children the natural progression of growing up, something they all eventually face.

I love that Stella’s a brave character – facing everything from the jungles of her back yard to her neighbors sand storm deserts.

Book of the Week: Mermaid Queen

Book of the Week, Children's

Mermaid Queen: The Spectacular True Story of Annette Kellerman, Who Swam Her Way to Fame, Fortune, and Swimsuit History by Shana Corey

Published Scholastic Press 2009

The reasons why I like this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

I have a slight obsession with anything mermaid related.

The artwork is elegant yet flashy enough to draw attention.

Even though it’s a biography of Annette Kellerman, it’s formatted to look like a picture book.

When reading, it not only looks like a picture book, but is written like one too. It’s not full of boring facts about Annette Kellerman, but rather facts that are interesting and key to her life story.          

The story sends a great message to strive and work hard towards what you want.

An interesting fact I found was that the book offered a history of swimsuits, and even showed pictures of styles from the 50s, 60, 70s, etc..

A sport, other than football, baseball – anything having to do with a ball – is featured (swimming, synchronized swimming).