Monday, September 22, 2014

Review: Broken Harbor by Tana French (Dublin Murder Squad #4)

Broken Harbor
(Book #4 in the Dublin Murder Squad Series)
by Tana French
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Published by: Viking
Publication date: 7/24/2014
ISBN: 9780670023653
Pages: 450
Format: Hardback
Source: Library





Broken Harbor follows murder squad detective Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy who was the detective investigating Rosie and Kevin's murders in the previous book in this series, Faithful Place.

So in Faithful Place we first met Scorcher but to tell you the truth I did not particularly care for him, some characters you like some you don't, but anyway I wasn't to keen when I first started reading Broken Harbor because I held onto a little prejudice against him from the previous book. However, I soon changed my mind about old Scorcher once I got to know him past the egotistical attitude that he uses as a shield to keep the dark things from his past from devouring him.

This was a hard read not just because of Scorcher, but because two of the victims are children, young children. So you have been warned don't read further if you cannot stand it.

Patrick Spain, wife Jenny and their two children, Emma and Jack, seemed to be a wonderful family. Even though they were going through some money issues since Patrick got laid off from his job they still appeared happy, appeared being the word here. But underneath Patrick and Jenny were both becoming unstable and both of the children were in danger. 

This story has many supporting characters and a web of lies and deceit that are to complicated to try and summarize in the book review so this is going to be short and more of a teaser than most of my reviews.

Scorcher gets assigned to the case at Broken Harbor, Patrick is dead as is Emma and Jack, and Jenny is badly injured and on her way to the hospital not sure if she will make it or not. High-profile does not even begin to describe a case where children have been murdered and Scorcher and his rookie partner, Richie, are going to have to get this one right or else. 

There is a back story to the setting of Broken Harbor and how it relates to those dark things from Scorcher's past, for before it was a development it use to be the beach where his family would go during the summer to stay and it is also where Scorcher's mother walked into the ocean one day and killed herself. The really sad part is she had tried to walk into the ocean with Scorcher's youngest sister, Dina, but she survived whereas her mother did not. Their whole world turned upside down, mother dead, father overcome with grief that he just shut down, and Scorcher with sister Geri pretty much raised Dina who is bogged down with a lot of mental issues stemming from her experience that night on the beach with her mother. So Dina flip flops out of Scorcher's life right when he needs to be completely on the job but he constantly is worried about his sister while trying to track down the murderer.

Scorcher and Richie finally have a suspect in custody, Conor Brennan, Pat and Jenny's friend from when they were kids, he was even Emma's godfather, but due to some spat they had a falling out and Conor was no longer involved in their lives. Well they were wrong, for Conor had set up in one of the abandoned homes in the development and was watching the Spain's house. Creepy right!

Scorcher thinks they got their man but Richie is not so sure and keeps putting pressure on Scorcher to keep checking out Pat, Scorcher agrees even though his is so sure Conor was the doer. What Scorcher doesn't know though is that Richie pocketed evidence that directly implicates someone else, neither Conor nor Pat, and if it wasn't for Dina, his sister, than Scorcher may have never known of its existence.

An unreal confession comes out from the evidence and the whole case turns into a huge mess. Richie will never work murder again he is lucky to have even kept his badge but can Scorcher fix up this mess so that justice is served.

Blow's my mind is the perfect way to describe how I feel after I finish one of Tana French's books and even though I didn't care for this one as much as I have some of her others it is still a spectacular story of the messed up lives of ordinary people, I think that is why her books are so relatable I mean the Spain's could be my next door neighbors for crying out loud. A scary look into the mind of Conor just adds to it even though he thought what he was doing was harmless it was still super duper creepy. You'll be putting your blinds down for good after you read this one.

I Give It:

About the Author

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and has lived in Dublin since 1990. She trained as a professional actress at Trinity College, Dublin, and has worked in theater, film and voice-over. 









You can connect with her on:




Please check back in tomorrow for my review of the fifth book in the Dublin Murder Squad Series!
Amy


The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself. 

This book contributed to the following reading challenges: I Love Library Books Reading Challenge; Women's Reading Challenge; My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Review: Faithful Place by Tana French (Dublin Murder Squad #3)

Faithful Place
(Dublin Murder Squad #3)
by Tana French
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Published by: Viking Adult
Publication date: 7/13/2010
ISBN: 9780670021871
Pages: 400
Format: Hardback
Source: Purchased/Own 




If you have read this series in order you will realize that even though the books involve a different lead character, that character had played a part in the previous novel. Faithful Place involves Frank Mackey, who was Cassie's undercover handler in The Likeness. 

When Frank was nineteen the world seemed full of so many possibilities. Him and his girl, Rosie, were going to run away together and live in their own little romantic world. But reality sets in for Frank when Rosie doesn't show up at their designated meeting place on the night that they are to leave for London and their new life together.

Frank of course ends up leaving without Rosie not for London but instead for Dublin where he joins the police force and ends up becoming a detective in the undercover squad. Thinking Rosie left for London without him, because of a note that she left him in an old building they all used to hang out in, Frank puts her out of his mind as much as he can. He got married, had a daughter, got a divorce, but no matter what Rosie is always there in the back of his mind trying to push her way back into his thoughts.

A regular day for Frank ends up spinning his world out of control when he gets a phone call from his sister, that building, their hangout, Number 16, is being torn apart for some type of renovation and inside the workers find Rosie's suitcase, she had packed to leave, but did she just leave the case behind? Maybe she forgot about it? Or is there something much more sinister going on that no one wants to think about??

The case leads Frank on a search of the old building with his brother Kevin where they discover concrete slabs that were the size of a person, covering up something. Frank quickly calls the techs of forensics to get them down to see what is under those concrete slabs, finding a body badly decomposed, rotting under those slabs of concrete the tech bureau quickly calls in the murder squad and the pathologist, Cooper. Is it Rosie's body they just discovered? Or someone else? Not able to identify her right away due to the state of the body the police cannot tell Frank for sure who it is but deep down Frank knows Rosie didn't stand him up that night they were to run away instead someone had made sure that it didn't happen. 

Mick, also known as Scorcher is the murder detective assigned to the case and even though him and Frank were in the academy together Scorcher firmly tells Frank to back off that he will solve this just like he does all his other cases, Scorcher having the best solve rate of anyone else on the Murder squad has given him a bit of an ego. Frank dying to know what is going on with the case finds Stephen, one of the officers working with Scorcher basically doing grunt work like checking phone and bank records, and promises him a way out of the floater pool and into a squad if he is willing to share information about the case. Seeing a golden opportunity for quick advancement Stephen jumps at the chance despite his misgivings about sharing such information with Frank.

Another murder occurs, Frank's brother Kevin, rocking Frank's world off its axis. Even though the police ruled it a suicide Frank knows that this is another murder and the murderer has done this before because this was the work of Rosie's murderer. Holly, Frank's daughter, has figured it out that Kevin and Rosie's killer is a member of her family on her father's side and she goes to great lengths to show her father what she had figured out. Everything is still topsy turvy and now that Holly's involved Frank must do all that he can to put the murderer behind bars, even if he is family.

Another psychological maze from the brilliant mind of Tana French! Pulling us in to the lives of ordinary people and surrounding us with their inner demons and torments makes French one of the best writers of psychological fiction out there.

I Give It:



About the Author

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and has lived in Dublin since 1990. She trained as a professional actress at Trinity College, Dublin, and has worked in theater, film and voice-over.








You can connect with her on:




Please check back in tomorrow for my review of the fourth book in the Dublin Murder Squad Series!
Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself. 

This book contributed to the following reading challenges: Mount TBR Challenge; Women's Reading Challenge; My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge; and TBR Pile Reading Challenge.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Review: The Likeness by Tana French (Dublin Murder Squad #2)

The Likeness
Book #2 in the Dublin Murder Squad Series
by Tana French
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Published by: Viking Adult
Publication date: 7/17/2008
ISBN: 9780670018864
Pages: 466
Format: Hardback 
Source: Purchased





It is said that everyone has a double out there.


Vampire diaries made doppelganger a household word.
It was even on Word Girl:

Need I say more.

But back to the book.
Detective Cassie Maddox is without a partner and is pretty miserable because she no longer works in the murder squad (like she was in book #1) but instead works for the domestic violence unit. Even though she has Sam, the boyfriend, Cassie is still pretty restless, that is until she gets a terrifying call from Sam making sure that she is alive.

What?
Yeah I know but this is where the story gets good.

Cassie has a doppelganger.
An unrelated twin so to speak.
But that "twin" is found murdered.
And Sam freaks because he thinks he is looking at Cassie's dead murdered body.

See I told you it got good.
It gets better.
Cassie used to work in the undercover unit before she transferred to the murder squad and it turns out our murdered "twin" was using one of Cassie's old undercover aliases. So not only is Sam freaking out but Cassie's old handler, who still works in undercover, Frank is also there and boy does he have the perfect idea on how to catch the killer. 

Even though they have no idea of the actual identity to the murdered woman, she was going by Alexandra J. Madison, who Cassie portrayed while undercover trying to break up a drug ring at Trinity College. So our murdered victim was obviously hiding from something and using Cassie's old alias to do it with. This is where the doppelganger stuff gets a little weird, Vampire Diaries is obviously fantasy/supernatural but this book is suppose to be as real as possible and there is no way that someone looks so much like someone else that they move into that person's life to find out who killed them, but that is actually what Frank has in mind and he wants Cassie to go undercover once again.

So completely ready to do this Cassie first has to study the life of "Alex" to be able to fool all 4 of her housemates. They are Rafe, Justin, Daniel, and Abby; and boy can you said weird I thought my friends were weird (just like me) but nope these five friends take the cake for weirdness. However, I did just finish Donna Tartt's The Secret History and there is definitely a tie going on there for the weirdest friendships in fiction award.

All college students, but not your typical, stereotype of parties and late night studying. They all lived in the same house, which a little piece of is owned by all five of them, even though it was passed down to Daniel from Uncle Simon, who was a shut-in (PTSD from some war) and tended to avoid pretty much anything and everything, so the house is basically falling apart and they are all working at trying to put it back to working order once again. There is some tension on this subject however because Daniel wasn't the only living relative, cousin Ned is not to happy that the big house was given to Daniel, who split ownership of it up with the other four, because Ned wanted to bulldoze it to the ground and build something to make himself some big money. Unfortunately none of the mates saw it this way the house was important to them that is until "Alex" had found herself pregnant and needed a way out. Yep total shocker to me to. Which one do you think is the dad: Justin, Rafe, or Daniel? 

 Cassie starts to get comfortable in "Alex's Life" and begins to play a very dangerous cat and mouse game with Daniel that could wind up with her cover being blown to the others or worse. This book is a pure head game full of smart diabolical moves on the housemates part, but Cassie knows that her time in the house is running out can she get to the bottom of this murder or will she crash and burn?
An ending you won't see coming but in true Tana French fashion all the pieces fall together right after and the whole story just clicks and you know that you just read a great psychological thriller.

I Give It:





  
About the Author

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and has lived in Dublin since 1990. She trained as a professional actress at Trinity College, Dublin, and has worked in theater, film and voice-over.








You can connect with her on:




Please check back in tomorrow for my review of the third book in the Dublin Murder Squad Series!
Amy

 The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself. 

This book contributed to the following reading challenges: Mount TBR Challenge; Women's Reading Challenge; My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge; and TBR Pile Reading Challenge.




Friday, September 19, 2014

Review: In The Woods by Tana French (Dublin Murder Squad #1)

In the Woods
Book #1 in the Dublin Murder Squad Series
by Tana French
Genre: Mystery
Published by: Penguin Books
Publication date: 5/27/2008
ISBN: 9780143113492
Pages: 429
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased





A girl's body is found and Detective Rob Ryan finds himself in the same woods that have haunted him his whole life. Rob and two of his best friends in the prime of their youth went into those woods and only Rob came out, the other two were never found.  

Going back to that tragic place from his youth throws Detective Ryan for a loop but he cleverly hides it on the outside but the inside is a big mess of torn up thoughts and flashes into the past.

His partner Detective Cassie Maddox has no idea what Detective Ryan is hiding but she does her best to back up his move anyway that she can. There are so many possible suspects since the body of young Katharine Devlin was found at an archaeological dig site full of hopeful college students trying to find artifacts before the area is bulldozed to make way for a highway. 

The trail leads them away from the college student and starts to lead them in the direction of the girl's family and how the strange things that had been happening to Katharine before she was murdered. Here is where Detective Maddox and Ryan will find the murderers. The shock of finding out who killed Katharine Devlin is to much for Detective Ryan and the whole case blows up in their faces. They are able to solve the case but their partnership doesn't survive this and Detective Ryan is forced to make a decision about his career.

A tale of manipulation and murder unlike anything I have ever read before. I always feel a little lost when I read Tana French because it feels like you are just dropped into the story and you have to figure out where the things that may not seem related end up solving the case, but this is what is so intriguing about her writing for the whole story by the end has meaning even the little things that you noticed in the story finally mean something.

I Give It:
  
About the Author

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and has lived in Dublin since 1990. She trained as a professional actress at Trinity College, Dublin, and has worked in theater, film and voice-over.







You can connect with her on:



Got a review of book two in the Dublin Murder Squad series coming up tomorrow, so make sure to check back in!
Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself. 

This book contributed to the following reading challenges: Mount TBR Challenge; Women's Reading Challenge; My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge; TBR Pile Reading Challenge.





Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review: We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

We Are Not Ourselves
by Matthew Thomas
Genre: Historical Fiction
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 9/2/2014
ISBN: 9781476756660
Pages: 608
Format: Review Copy
Source: Edelweiss





We Are Not Ourselves, is the story of Eileen and Ed, broken down into different parts of their life as they progressed.

The author begins with Eileen and her life before Ed. Here is where we as readers can get a grasp on those things from life that influenced and changed Eileen into the woman she had become. Then Ed enters her life and even though he is obsessed with his work him and Eileen seem to lead an ordinary married life they even manage to find the time to have a child. But Eileen has there son and her job to keep her occupied but there is a whole left there by the long absences of Ed.

Ed had ambition when it came to his research but didn't worry to much about money or how the other half lived but Eileen wanted more. She wanted to live in a house instead of an apartment. She wanted nice things. She just didn't know how to convey this want to Ed and they constantly fought about it, especially when Eileen decided it was time for them to move out of the apartment and into a house.

Eileen picked out the house without Ed and Ed went along with it in the end because he loves Eileen. The house was nice but now needs a lot of work done to it to make it beautiful once more but Eileen knows between her and Ed's salaries that they would be able to make it work they always had. Here is where the bottom drops out. Ed has been forgetting things, getting frustrated easily over the simplest things that he can no longer figure out, he begins to get very angry and soon finds himself dealing with an Alzheimer's diagnosis. The job of a professor and researcher is full of skills and knowledge that Ed once had but can no longer find within his mind, so the university decides that Ed can no longer work there and Eileen is left to care for Ed and work just so they can hang on to the roof over their heads and to put food in their stomachs. Overwhelmed and overworked Eileen has tried everything to take care of Ed but she comes to realize that that hope is no longer possible. Consumed by guilt of placing Ed in a nursing home and the sadness of watching him rapidly decline Eileen visited rigorously in order to make up for it but she knew deep down that her Ed was slowly and painfully disappearing before her eyes. 

We Are Not Ourselves shows us that life is not only fragile but sometimes just down right cruel. From the start to the finish it follows Ed and Eileen's story until the very end. Courage, love, anger, frustration, and every other emotion is thoroughly explored and felt in this book it also shows the harsh and unfair descent of Alzheimers and how it effects not just the sufferer but also the family members involved. I cried when Ed dies and even cursed at my Nook, for that is what I was reading it on, but I am truly honored to have read this story even though it is fiction Ed and Eileen felt so real to me that even as I write this it is hard for me to find the words to talk about them as just characters in this book for they felt that real. If you get the chance to sit down to read a book soon make sure the book you are picking up is We Are Not Ourselves!

I Give It:


About the Author

Matthew Thomas was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where he received the Graduate Essay Award. He lives with his wife and twin children in New Jersey.









You can connect with the author on:


Thanks for reading what I had to say!
Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself. 

This book contributed to the following reading challenges: Review Pile Reading Challenge; Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge.

  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Review: It's Time to Say Good Night by Harriet Ziefert

It's Time to Say Good Night
by Harriet Ziefert
Illustrated by: Barroux
Genre: Picture Book
Published by: Blue Apple Books
Publication date: 10/22/2013
 ISBN: 9781609053741
Pages: 36
Format: Review Copy
Source: Edelweiss



Through the beautiful illustrations of Barroux the story walks us through the day of a little boy as he says good morning to the sun and follows him throughout his day as he says good morning to all the animals and to the earth. Soon the boy is saying good morning to a plane and a bus as he rides his scooter through town. He says good morning to everything in sight.

But then it is time to say goodnight and the process is reversed and he is saying good night to all the things he said good morning to. The story ends with the boy getting a good night from mom!

A very cute story with the repetition of all the different things that were first said good morning to and then saying good night to, if you have ever been asked to read the same book over and over again, which if you have kids you probably have, then you will know that kids love repetition and this book fulfills that love!

The story and the illustrations work so well together the story is a simple one of good morning and then a name of something that it is being said to and the same with the good nights and the illustrations though colorful they to are not full of anything that doesn't need to be there they are very simple and minimalist in nature.

I Give It:
  



About the Author
Harriet Ziefert grew up in North Bergen, New Jersey, where she attended the local schools. She graduated from Smith College, then received a Masters degree in Education from New York University.

For many years, Ziefert was an elementary school teacher. She taught most grades from kindergarten to fifth grade. "I liked it," she said, but she stopped teaching when she had her own sons. When her children were older, Ziefert wanted "a bigger arena" for her work. She went to work at a publishing company, Scholastic in New York City, developing materials for teacher's guides for kindergarten language arts and social studies programs.

"About twelve years ago," says Ziefert in a 1995 interview, "I tried to get a job as an editor, but no one would hire me as a trade editor. So I decided to write my own books." Since then, she has written several hundred books, mostly picture books and easy-to-read books. "I write books very quickly," she says, "in about twelve hours. I rewrite them three times over three days, and then they're done." She writes about twenty books a year.


Thanks for stopping in! 
Hope to see you again,
Amy



The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself. 


This book contributed to the following reading challenges: Review Pile Reading Challenge; Women's Reading Challenge; Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Review: Adrenaline by John Benedict

Adrenaline
by John Benedict
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Published by: Create Space
Publication date: 11/22/2013
ISBN: 9781484897522
Pages: 282
Format: Review Copy
Source: Author





Adrenaline is a medical thriller that won't put you to sleep!
Afraid of a takeover one of the anesthesiologist at Mercy Hospital has taken it in his own hands to get rid of the younger, better educated anesthesiologists in the group in order to secure his position should the need arise, and he is willing to fight to the death for it. Doug Laundry, one of the other anesthesiologists at Mercy Hospital must keep his wits or he could be the next victim.

Written by an anesthesiologist Adrenaline provides an in depth look into how precise everything must be in order to be able to wake up after being under anesthesia. The plot is a mind bender and I was intrigued by not just the murder bent anesthesiologist but also by how the intern and the head anesthesiologist are wound into the plot line. Some parts of the book were a little on the dry side which is why I didn't give it five stars but if you put those parts aside this is a medical thriller that you just have to read!

I Give It:


About the Author


I work as an anesthesiologist and spend a good part of my life putting other people to sleep for all kinds of surgery. It's very interesting and exciting--I get to interact with and help a lot of people in many different situations. However, the hours are tough (24 hour call shifts) and it can be a bit stressful!

One day it struck me-- people place an extraordinary amount of trust in their anesthesiologist (someone they have often just met minutes beforehand) as they are being wheeled in the OR for surgery. Since I read a lot of thrillers, I couldn't help but wonder--what if that trust is misplaced and their doctor is evil? I decided to write a book exploring this chilling concept. 12 years later, Adrenaline was published. The writing/publishing process was a real eye-opener! I learned the value of perseverance and belief in oneself to overcome obstacles.
I am also a husband and father of 3 sons.
Remember--any fool can put you to sleep--it's the one who wakes you up that's important!

You can connect with the author here:



Thanks for checking out what I've been reading!
See ya,
Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself. 

This book contributed to the following reading challenges: Review Pile Reading Challenge and My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge.


          

Friday, September 12, 2014

{Book Trailer} Saga of Menyoral: Oath Bound

My talented friend Rachel made this book trailer 
for her friend, M.A Ray's book, and I LOVE IT!
So check it out:





You can check out more about M.A. Ray and the books on her blog  Saga of Menyoral


Thanks for stopping in!!!
Amy

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review: Does a Beaver Sleep in a Bed? by Harriet Ziefert

Does a Beaver Sleep in a Bed?
by Harriet Ziefert
Illustrated by: Emily Bolam
Genre: Picture Book/Non-fiction
Published by: Blue Apple Books
Publication date: 1/28/2014
ISBN: 9781609054236
Pages: 32
Format: Review Copy
Source: Edelweiss




Does a Beaver Sleep in a Bed? is part of the Think About Series which highlights things that young kids are curious about. 

This book in the series presents in a silly way all the different places humans sleep and also brings humor to the story by showing all the places certain animals do and do not sleep. A great book about different ways that animals sleep compared to us. Another great resource to this series of books is the last two pages are full of different ways to use the content in the book to further engage your youngster's mind with questions and activities.

The illustrations are really bring the content of the story to a visual level that really pulls in the younger reader and even helps them to look at the pictures and then pick up what some of the words on that page will be in the story.

I Give It:


Author Bio:




Harriet Ziefert grew up in North Bergen, New Jersey, where she attended the local schools. She graduated from Smith College, then received a Masters degree in Education from New York University.

For many years, Ziefert was an elementary school teacher. She taught most grades from kindergarten to fifth grade. "I liked it," she said, but she stopped teaching when she had her own sons. When her children were older, Ziefert wanted "a bigger arena" for her work. She went to work at a publishing company, Scholastic in New York City, developing materials for teacher's guides for kindergarten language arts and social studies programs.

"About twelve years ago," says Ziefert in a 1995 interview, "I tried to get a job as an editor, but no one would hire me as a trade editor. So I decided to write my own books." Since then, she has written several hundred books, mostly picture books and easy-to-read books. "I write books very quickly," she says, "in about twelve hours. I rewrite them three times over three days, and then they're done." She writes about twenty books a year.




Illustrator Bio:




Emily Bolam was born in Buckinghamshire in 1969. She studied at Amersham college and Brighton College of Art under the tutelage of well known illustrators John Vernon Lord and Chris McEwan. Her first idea for a children's book began as a college project and was published upon her graduation.

Since then, Emily has illustrated over a hundred books for children, by many different authors, including Georgie Adams, Vivian French and Francesca Simon. She has worked with publishers such as Penguin, Macmillan, Orchard Books and Orion amongst many others.

She continues to live and work in Brighton where she shares her studio with other artists and illustrators.



Thanks for stopping in to see what I've been reading!

Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself. 

This book contributed to the following reading challenges: Review Pile Reading Challenge; Women's Reading Challenge; Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge.

Review: Does a Bear Wear Boots? by Harriet Ziefert

Does a Bear Wear Boots?
by Harriet Ziefert
Illustrated by: Emily Bolam
Genre: Picture Book/Non-fiction
Published by: Blue Apple Books
Publication date: 1/28/2014
ISBN: 9781609054243
Pages: 32
Format: Review Copy
Source: Edelweiss



Does a Bear Wear Boots? is part of the Think About Series which highlights things that young kids are curious about. 

This particular book in this series focuses on clothing and uses the humor of animals wearing clothing to show the differences in behavior of people and animals which helps show the uniqueness of humans in a way that younger children can understand. The use of silly humor with the dressed animals will have your little one laughing and will keep them 

The illustrations in the book are wonderful and really support the content and purpose of the book in a clear way so that younger children who may not be able to read yet but that are having this book read to them can visually see the parts of the story.

I Give It:

Author Bio:

Harriet Ziefert grew up in North Bergen, New Jersey, where she attended the local schools. She graduated from Smith College, then received a Masters degree in Education from New York University.

For many years, Ziefert was an elementary school teacher. She taught most grades from kindergarten to fifth grade. "I liked it," she said, but she stopped teaching when she had her own sons. When her children were older, Ziefert wanted "a bigger arena" for her work. She went to work at a publishing company, Scholastic in New York City, developing materials for teacher's guides for kindergarten language arts and social studies programs.

"About twelve years ago," says Ziefert in a 1995 interview, "I tried to get a job as an editor, but no one would hire me as a trade editor. So I decided to write my own books." Since then, she has written several hundred books, mostly picture books and easy-to-read books. "I write books very quickly," she says, "in about twelve hours. I rewrite them three times over three days, and then they're done." She writes about twenty books a year.



Illustrator Bio:

Emily Bolam was born in Buckinghamshire in 1969. She studied at Amersham college and Brighton College of Art under the tutelage of well known illustrators John Vernon Lord and Chris McEwan. Her first idea for a children's book began as a college project and was published upon her graduation.

Since then, Emily has illustrated over a hundred books for children, by many different authors, including Georgie Adams, Vivian French and Francesca Simon. She has worked with publishers such as Penguin, Macmillan, Orchard Books and Orion amongst many others.

She continues to live and work in Brighton where she shares her studio with other artists and illustrators.


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