Thursday, 7 April 2016

April 2016: Released this week: For Children and Adults


FOR CHILDREN:

BEING ME
Written by Rosemary McCarney
Illustrated by Yvonne Cathcart
April 5, 2016; 24 Pages
Genre: picture book, children's

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

Rating: ★★★1/2

Rosie is sitting in a tree pondering what she what she will be when she grows.  She knows she is too young to be a pilot and other ideas that come to her.  Then her father asks her to come to the food bank with her and she discovers that she can do something at the age she is...volunteer.  While helping she sees a schoolmate who seems embarrassed to be seen at the food bank.  Now, Rosie has to do something to make him feel better.

I like the illustrations especially of Rosie herself.  The story is great for young kids as it allows children to feel like they can help and do things at a young age.  Also, it explains to them that those that need help should not be looked down on.  A great story that also aids in teaching children.

FOR ADULTS:

MILLER'S VALLEY
Written by Anna Quindlen
April 5, 2016; 272 Pages
Genre: historical fiction, literary

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

Rating: ★★★

Miller's Valley takes place in the 1960s when Mimi (Mary Margaret) Miller is young girl living on a farm run by her father.  Her mother is a nurse but is still there to take care of her and her two older brothers.  Her older brother, Eddie is away at college and soon her middle brother, Tommy, signs up for the marines.  Also, living on the property is her mother's sister who has not left the house in many years.  As Mimi grows up in a town that is changing and refusing to change she goes through her own discoveries.  Through secrets, heartbreak and years we see Mimi trying to grasp her own identity.

Drop Everything And Read!
Anna Quindlen's novels, Black and Blue and One True Thing are among my favourite books.  The way Quindlen writes about emotion and realistic characters that everyone can relate to in some way is simply inspiring.  I find that when I pick up her novels I have to make sure I have time to read most of it in one sitting.  This novel does not disappoint.  Whenever Quindlen writes about a family I am easily sucked into that family and the quirks that make them who they are.  Mimi is a great person to tell the story as she is quite literal at times so we see things in the similar fashion and have to do a bit of imagining.  The ending is also wrapped in the best way that I can imagine...I highly recommend this book.


Tomorrow more reviews on New Releases...

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