Friday, February 24, 2017

Margo's Musings: Dream Big!


“Life might have its failures, but this was not it. The only true failure can come if you quit.”  ― Andrea BeatyRosie Revere, Engineer

Margo’s book of the week has turned out to be a favorite of the whole family. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty will make you want to start creating. In this uniquely illustrated story, a young girl, Rosie, loves to collect odd items, which she uses to make things from her imagination. When her great-great-aunt, Rose (Rosie the Riveter) visits and tells her how she has always dreamed of flying, the next invention is set in motion. Young Rosie knows exactly what to make. When the big moment comes for the contraption to take flight, it doesn’t go exactly as planned.  Will Aunt Rose be disappointed? Will Rosie give up?  You'll have to read this one to find out.



Margo not only loves the book, but has started collecting items to make “ventions”.  I am sure she will make some things that blow us all away. As we read, she pointed at all the gizmos and gadgets and I could almost see the wheels turning in her head. Margo told the girl in the story, “It’s okay”. We haven’t begun working on a flying machine yet, but it has been fun for the whole family as we work on building a wide assortment of creations together. 

I highly recommend this inspirational picture book to anyone who likes to be reminded to persevere. There are other books in the series and I know we will be getting them from the library soon! Iggy Peck, Architect, and Ada Twist, Scientist will be read soon! You can check out the book trailer here

Happy Reading!
~F

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Answer to Monday's Riddle: Something New!


Excellent guessing, Riddlers! A tricky riddle this week. Tune in Friday to catch Lizzy's review and find out how the answer ties in to the story. See you all around the book block. ; ) ~ F

I came to be, sprung from mind; I am that which you could not find. Whilst a sparkle in the mist, you perceived my general gist; and when your hands put thoughts to motion, time sculpted out the notion. Now the matter is resolved, because an idea evolved. 

What am I? Answer: Invention. 


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday's Riddle: Ideas Rising...

Hello, Riddlers! Can you guess our theme this week? I love hearing about interesting new ones. It's amazing what people can come up with. ; ) ~F

I came to be, sprung from mind; I am that which you could not find. Whilst a sparkle in the mist, you perceived my general gist; and when your hands put thoughts to motion, time sculpted out the notion. Now the matter is resolved, because an idea evolved. 

What am I? Stop by Wednesday for the answer. 

I gave you a clue!



Friday, February 17, 2017

Whose Ending Will Stick for the Inkworld?


“A reader doesn't really see the characters in a story; he feels them.” ― Cornelia FunkeInkdeath

The third book in the Inkheart trilogy begins shortly after the second book ended (click on the titles for my reviews of Inkheart and Inkspell).



Life in the Inkworld seems to finally be settling into a nice rhythm for Meggie, Mo and Resa. They have become a close family with the Sterling Players. Mo and the Black Prince are always working together to help the people of Ombra. Of course, the Adderhead, though seeming to rot, is still ruling with a temper and a thirst for blood. But Mo knows it's only a matter of time until the enchanted book that he bound for the Adderhead will eventually kill him. Who knew that someone would be able to stop the process while the Adderhead is in mid-deterioration? Now there's a price on Mo’s head. He and his family are in danger, including his unborn child who Resa is carrying. Orpheus has made himself at home in the Inkworld, biding his time until he saves Dustfinger from death. Of course, he's adding his own flavor into the story since he has the power to read the words and make them come alive. If only he wasn't so sinister! With two inkweavers working their magic on the story who will prevail in the end? Will Dustfinger come to life? Is there a way to stop the Adderhead? Will Meggie, Mo and Resa ever go back to the world they came from? You don't want to miss the conclusion to this story!


I listened to the third book in the Inkheart trilogy, Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke, on audio. Although it was a different narrator from book 1 and 2, I adjusted to the new character voices.  Because Orpheus and Fenoglio have the power to make the words they write come to life, there were plenty of twist and turns to keep me on pins and needles. The story must come to an end, and so it does. It is one that I think will satisfy readers. Things didn’t turn out quite the way I expected, but sometimes little surprises can make the story seem more believable. I would recommend this book to fantasy lovers who are in fifth grade and up. A story that will make you think about being able to hop into the pages of a favorite book!


Has anyone else read Inkdeath? Or have you another book by Cornelia Funke? We’d love to hear your thoughts. 

We were lucky enough to interview Ms. Funke about her books, and you can learn more about the story behind the stories here.

Happy Reading!
~L

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Answer to Monday's Riddle: Beginning, Middle, And...

Excellent guessing, Riddlers! Friday, Lizzy's review will lead to an end, so stay tuned! See you all around the book block. ; ) ~ F

When it's brought to a close or something no longer goes. Should it come to a stop, you can let the matter drop. If it's not moving along, Jim can help you finish the song. Onward past this stagnant space, a new beginning sets the pace. 

What am I referring to? Answer: Endings. 




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Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday's Riddle: The Final Part...


Hello, Riddlers! Can you guess our theme this week? It happens to everything, except a circle.  ; ) ~ F

When it's brought to a close or something no longer goes. Should it come to a stop, you can let the matter drop. If it's not moving along, Jim can help you finish the song. Onward past this stagnant space, a new beginning sets the pace. 

What am I referring to? Stop by Wednesday for the answer.

I gave you a clue! 


Friday, February 10, 2017

Margo's Musing: Hop on the Ferris Wheel!


Margo’s pick from the library this week was a surprise! She insisted on getting Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis. She does love purple and blue, so those colors on the cover may have pulled her in. Margo has been walking around the house exclaiming “wheel” ever since we finished reading it. I think she wants a ride! Too bad it’s snowing outside. 


This is the inspiring picture book biography of George Ferris and how he came to build a structure that defied gravity and became a staple at fairs, carnivals, and amusement parks. How many of us have ridden a Ferris Wheel at some point in our lives? I have to say I was intrigued by her pick and curious to learn how the first one came to be. The World’s Fair was coming to Chicago in 1893, so the search was on for the design that would top the Eiffel Tower, the standout of the last fair. None of the ideas were new and exciting enough for the committee. When George Ferris, an engineer, brought his proposal to the board they weren’t sure because they thought it was too big and that it wouldn’t work. The fair was only a handful of months away when the committee decided to give the go ahead to Ferris. There was intense pressure for everyone working on the project and they also had to deal with frozen ground and Chicago weather. 

The story really makes you feel the anticipation when Ferris and his wife take the first ride. I would have been so scared! I loved learning about how the invention came together was surprised to hear about the large glass cars. Once the fair was over it was even taken down and put up at other locations! Wow!  I was amazed at how fun it was to learn about history from this delightful picture book. Margo loved the illustrations and pointed to pictures as we read. After we finished I had to look up what the cars looked like, since I couldn’t imagine how big they were. I was stunned!

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel is a great book for people who like to learn about history in an interesting way or for people who like a good ride. I bet you will learn something new too!

Happy reading! ~ F