Friday, December 13, 2013

Reading with Laya: What do you do when a Monster says Boo?

Book: What do you do when a Monster say Boo?
Author: Hope Vestergaard
Illustration: Maggie Smith

This is a really nice book targeted towards older siblings. The 'monster' in this book is a naughty little sister that pesters her older brother by throwing things at him, pulling his hair, etc. And the book offers the victimized older sibling some wisdom on how to handle the bratty little torturer. But to make the whole reading experience playful, a couple of naughty alternatives are presented before the actual "correct answer"..

 It's a very interesting book and after reading it multiple times, you realize that it isn't necessarily restricted only to older siblings. My daughter uses these tactics to deal with pesky little friends that trouble her. and I have realized that I can use some of the wisdom myself when my little monster is having one of her temper tantrums. Laya and I really enjoyed reading this book. And I think we've both learnt something from this!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Reading with Laya: My daddy is a pretzel

Book: My Daddy is a pretzel: Yoga for parents and kids.
Author: Baron Baptiste
Illustration: Sophie Fatus

This book is a fun way for preschoolers to learn about various professions while picking up some yoga moves along the way. The illustrations are very eye catching and the language very simple. Laya loves to do Yoga and every time we read this book, we are on the floor twisting in various positions that are clearly explained in the book. The step by step yoga instructions are definitely preschooler friendly. She looks at the pictures and knows exactly what to do. "I can do it myself, mommy!".

And in the middle of all the yoga, we sneak in a little lesson about the different professions as well. Our dinner time conversations now include talk about architects and vets and gardeners thanks to this book.

This book can also be bought in a package along with Yoga Pretzels Card Deck with 50 yoga activities for both adults and kids. 

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Review: Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe

Book: Meet me at the cupcake cafe
Author: Jenny Colgan
Genre: Chick Lit
My Rating: 4 Stars

I was at the library a couple of days ago to pick up some books I had requested. I sneaked in 5 minutes before closing time and while waiting in line to check out my books, a little pink book with cupcakes on the cover caught my eye. In spite of all the warning bells in my head about the number of books in my TBR pile and all those half read books in various corners of my house, I picked it up. After wrapping up all my duties I home, I grabbed a bowl of popcorn and opened the book. 5 hours later I turned the last page - warm, happy and relaxed with an intense craving for some fluffy cupcakes topped with some yummy butter cream frosting:)

"Meet me at the cupcake cafe" is a heart warming story about following your dreams and doing what you love, while finding some great friends and the right man along the way. Issy Randall is a lovable central character. Her passion for baking and all things sugar is highly contagious. Only she could have made me want to taking out some flour, eggs and my mixing bowl at 2:00AM to whip up some ridiculously delicious cupcake/scone from one of the recipes scattered throughout the book. Luckily, sanity prevailed and I didn't wake up a sleeping family.

If you are looking for a light read, this is definitely a good book to pick.

Can't wait to read more books by Jenny Colgan

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