Friday, November 27, 2009

A Hamster that Reads?


Hey, everyone. Patches here. It's Friday again and time for my book suggestion of the week.




Would you believe a hamster that reads? Yup. Mayra Calvani has written a story about Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster. Kit Grady illustrated the story, and Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. published the book. You gotta love Humberto. Here's my review.




Humberto is a book-reading hamster. He loves books so much he reads when he’s cooking. He reads when he’s eating, and he reads when he’s brushing his teeth. When he exercises on the wheel, the only time he’s not reading, he imagines himself as the characters in the books and he travels to other lands and even to outer space. Books are his only friends. He doesn’t have time for the other creatures that live in the woods. The skunk and the rabbit, the squirrel and the hedgehog, and the blind beaver try to make friends with Humberto, but he’s too busy reading to play games or visit with them. Then one day a disaster occurs, and Humberto makes a startling discovery.

Ms. Calvani has written a lovely story about leaning what’s important in life. Ms. Grady’s illustrations bring the animals alive for young readers. Their expressions are just perfect, and complement the story action. As for Humberto, who wouldn’t love a hamster that not only reads but listens to audio books when he sleeps? This is a great book to share with your little ones at bedtime. Be prepared, parents, to read the story more than once. I recommend Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster for children, parents, grandparents, animal lovers, and everyone who enjoys a good read.


Happy reading.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Book Sale

This is the 10th aniversary of the founding of Twilight Times Books (1999) and the 5th year since we went to print (2004). Those are significant milestones.

In celebration, Twilight Times Books will have a print book sale from now until Dec. 15th. Most titles will be offered to the general public at a 10-30 % discount. See here.

For a limited time, and while quantities last, we are offering a 30 % - 50 % discount on selected titles.

Also, check out our newsletter for info on our latest releases.

Books make awesome Christmas gifts. Happy shopping. Have a super week.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Story of a Goose


Patches here. This week's story is about a goose, not just an ordinary goose, mind you, but a goose that solves a crime. Her name is Janoose. You can see what she looks like on the cover of the book. To look inside the way it says, you'll have to go to Amazon, of course.
Anyhow, Ms. J. D. Holiday wrote and illustrated Janoose's story about the barnyard animals. There are ducks, a horse, a cow, chickens, cats, and a sly old fox.
When Janoose solves the mystery (I'm not telling) she ends up being a hero. How cool is that!
Happy reading.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thanksgiving Stories


At this special time of the year, we have so much to be thankful for. I'm thankful for my God, my family, my friends, America, and the men and women who faced the unknown to settle this new land. They were a lot braver than I am.
Many good books have been written about the Pilgrims and their adventures. The Mayflower People Triumphs & Tragedies by Anna W. Hale is one that I enjoyed. It's only 93 pages and perfect for young readers.
From the back cover. "In the year 1620 a very mixed group of separatists, adventurers and paid crew members crossed the Atlantic in the overcrowded Mayflower. This is the true story (based on historic journals, records, letters) of that voyage and the fortuitous landing at the "wrong place," where these people would find a great friend in a native called Squanto."
Happy reading.

Friday, November 13, 2009

A Horse of Course


Happy Friday the 13th, Everyone. May all your luck today be good luck.
My animal story for this week is Shabang's Story by Patricia Marlowe Barrett. This is a book about a horse, of course, as you can see from the cover. (You can't look inside it here. I borrowed the cover from Amazon.) Horses are pretty cool animals. The story is about a girl named Holly, who gets a horse all her own for her fourteenth birthday. Everything looks pretty good until Shabang is kidnapped ... umm ... horsenapped.
So what happens? You'll have to read the book to find out.
Have a super weekend. Happy Reading.
Patches

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Breeze is Going on Tour

Yes, Just Breeze will be on tour from Dec. 1 - Dec. 16. For more information, check Pump Up Your Book Promotions. We hope to see you there. We'll post the blogs as soon as they are available.

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FRIENDS, ENEMIES, PRINCES, AND ALIENS: JUST ANOTHER DAY IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Iowa Park, TX, September 2009. Beverly Stowe McClure*s tween/young adult novel, Just Breeze, goes right to the heart and heartache of being a teen and trying to *fit* in.

Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She's still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her school, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind anyone within ten feet.
Then she meets Cam, the new boy in school, who speaks with an accent and must be from another planet, for none of the earthling boys she knows are so polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother and that Breeze must help him keep.
Many young girls entering their teens will relate to Breeze and her struggle to be pretty and popular and to understand the world of middle school, including boys.
Just Breeze
by Beverly Stowe McClure
Publisher: 4 RV Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9840708-2-4
Ages: Tween/YA
196 Pages
Trade Paperback $15.99

Beverly Stowe McClure is the author of four novels for young adults and numerous stories and articles in children*s magazines. She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and a PreK-K Scott-Foresman Anthology. She*s a former teacher and lives in North Texas with her husband, Jack, two cats, and a variety of wild critters.*

Friday, November 6, 2009

Doggie Biscuit


OK. This is a doggie story, but I like this pup. He's a free spirit, like me. Biscuit is a dachshund, one of those long dogs, and he definitely is in control of his family.
He also learns a lot from the kittens, like how to perch on the back of a chair if you lift him up, how to eat kitten food, and how to gambol like a kitten (except sometimes his floppy ears get in the way).
And he loves to sit in laps, like a kitten. Now that's my kind of dog.
Doggie Biscuit is written by Darrell Bain and published by Twilight Times Books. If you're in the mood for a fun read, try this one. You'll be glad you did.
Patches

Monday, November 2, 2009

Just Breeze Review

The first review for Just Breeze is in. You can read it at Reading Junky. Thank you, Sally. Also check out Teens Read Too where you'll see Breeze's smiling face. The review is at TRT also.

Have a great week.

Happy reading.