Friday, October 31, 2014

Book review and giveaway: Noah (A Wordless Picture Book)

*Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

I recently received a new book at my home- one with no words! And when a book has no words, the illustrations need to be pretty spectacular to win me over. Noah (A Wordless Picture Book) did just that. Here's a bit about this book, from a press release that I received:

A hundred years before the Great Flood, a man named Noah came home talking crazy. God wanted him to build the biggest ship the world had ever seen. The future of humanity depended on it. How would his wife respond? What would the neighbors think? Was it even feasible?

This lavish reimagining of one of the greatest stories of all time will fascinate children and adults alike. Nuanced and playful, yet meticulous in following the biblical narrative, Mark Ludy’s world-class art digs deeper than the Sunday-school tale of cuddly animals, exploring Noah’s relationship with his family, the natural world, God - and a formidable engineering challenge.
This book is one of the most gorgeously illustrated books that my family owns. Every page has amazing art that truly brings the story to life. You can almost feel the characters pop out of the pages.  The illustrations are intricate and colorful and full of emotions. A truly fantastic way to tell the story of Noah and the flood.

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Book review: Love Monster and the Perfect Present

*Disclosure: I received this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

We seem to spend a lot of time on homework lately, and most of that time is spent working on the kids' reading homework.  To be honest, the books at their current reading levels are excruciatingly dull, but they need to keep working on repetition and learning the basics, so there we are. Fortunately, when they are done reading, it's my turn and we can read some fun books! This week we had an adorable one waiting for us at the end of homework time. It's called Love Monster and the Perfect Present, and it's just darling.

Love Monster lives in Cutesville, where they celebrate Present Day once per year. As a big fan of receiving presents, I love the idea of Present Day, but I'd have to celebrate it more than once a year! In this book, Love Monster is worried about what to get his Perfect Monster, who is his "bestest" friend.  He goes through the shops and looks and looks, but nothing is quite right.

My kids really enjoyed sitting and looking at the pictures in this book while I read the story. It's a simple book, but it has a great message and is the type of book that makes you smile. We all thought it was really great. I hope for more Love Monster books to cross our path in the future!