Monday, October 31, 2016

Elliot and the Goblin War by Jennifer A. Nielsen

I bought three copies of this book for my grandkids. Ms. Nielsen's   whacky sense of humor shines through. At first, the warning on the back of the book had me worried that it might be too intense for my 9-year-old grandson, so I read it myself. It was a delightful weave of fantasy and real-world problems that Elliot tackles with imagination. See, unknowingly, Elliot saves a Brownie from a couple of Goblin ruffians when he was eight years old, which leads to his involvement in the war between the Goblins and the Brownies three years later. On top of that he has family problems and a bully at school to deal with. Elliot is like most 11-year-olds I've met. They want to do the right thing. The artwork, also, deserves special attention. The illustrator, Gideon Kendall, totally captures the imagination of the story and its setting. I found myself laughing right out loud at some of the illustrations inside. My 8-year-old granddaughter loves this book. She reads on a 4th-5th grade reading level. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Gonna Be a Bear!

Gonna be a Bear

In this life I am a woman. In my next life, I'd like to come back as a bear. When you're a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months, I could deal with that.
Before you hibernate, you're supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that too.
When you're a girl bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you're sleeping and wake to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that.
If you're momma bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that.
If you're a bear, your mate expects you to wake up growling. He expects that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.
Yup, gonna be a bear!

I found this little tidbit years ago. Unfortunately I don't know who the author is, but I like her.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Halloween Playlist

I love autumn and all of the seasonal delights that come with it. Time to get out all of the music and movies--I've posted about my favorite Halloween movies before. Today's post is about my favorite Halloween songs.

I divided them into groups because it is difficult to choose my favorite.

First off is Disney Halloween. My kids loved these growing up. They're just enough scary without being threatening:
Which Witch is Which by Mickey Mouse and friends
I Wanna Scare Myself by Tigger
Heffalumps and Woozles
They Don't Scare Me by Mickey Mouse
I Put a Spell on You by Bette Midler

Next are the silly songs of the 60s, 70s, and 80s:
Purple People Eater
Love Potion Number 9
The Witch Doctor
Star Trekkin'
Werewolves of London
Addams Family Theme
Spiderman Theme

A Classic:
Hall of the Mountain King

Harry Potter Sound Tracks (All 7 movies):
Double Double Boil and Trouble
Hedwig's Theme
Hogwart's March
Quidditch World Cup

The Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtracks (All 4 movies):
Will and Elizabeth
Hoist the Colors

The Piano Duet from The Corpse Bride

Of course, my most favorite is Monster Mash. It's timeless.

Have a blast creating new memories and re-living old ones!