Book Review: It’s Not About You, Mr. Pumpkin: A Love Letter About the True Meaning of Halloween

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Author: Soraya Diase Coffelt

Illustrator: Tea Seroya

Published: 2015 by Morgan James Publishing

Blurb: 

Halloween has become one of the most popular and commercially profitable holidays in America, yet the true origin of the day is often missed. Almost everyone equates “trick or treat” with Halloween, but what events were the catalyst behind this centuries-old tradition?

This delightfully illustrated children’s story is sure to become a tradition for you and your family as October rolls around each year. It will be a helpful tool to instruct children on the important historical background behind this holiday and to reflect on what is most important.

Review:

I live in a country where we don’t exactly celebrate Halloween. There’re a few events here and there towards the end of October but it’s not nationally acknowledged. The only way I found out about Halloween was through books and the television so reading this children’s book gave me a sense of excitement because I knew that I could get to know more about this popular event.

This illustrated children’s book serves to teach children, with their young and highly imaginative minds the background of Halloween and where it originated. I was quite surprised as well when I read how Halloween started in the past and how it transitioned from something frightening to something seemingly harmless.

Although It’s Not About You, Mr. Pumpkin talks about the history of Halloween, it also encourages the intended readers to put their feet in the shoes of the people of olden times and to feel how they felt. I loved how the author managed to slip in a short geography talk as well.

The illustration in the book was really beautiful and well-thought out. The colourful pictures drew my attention and my only regret was that this book was far too short for me but long enough for younger readers.

 

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Guest Post: Andrew Joyce

Hi everyone! Today I’m so glad to have the author of Yellow Hair, Andrew Joyce here with his guest post! I would like to thank him for offering to write a guest post for my blog, Rainbow of Books!

A little information about Andrew Joyce:

Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written five books, including a two-volume collection of one hundred and fifty short stories comprised of his hitching adventures called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS (as yet unpublished), and his latest novel, YELLOW HAIR. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, tentatively entitled, MICK REILLY.

Here is the cover of his novel, Yellow Hair:

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Now for the long-awaited guest post!

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Book Review: The Ringmaster’s Daughter

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Author: Jostein Gaarder (Translater by James Anderson)

Published: March 27th 2012 by Phoenix

Blurb:

Panina Manina, a trapeze artist, falls and breaks her neck. As the ringmaster bends over her, he notices an amulet of amber around her neck, the same trinket he had given his own lost child, who was swept away in a torrent some sixteen years earlier.

This tale is narrated by Petter, a precocious child and fantasist, and perhaps Jostein Gaarder’s most intriguing character since Sophie. As an adult, Petter makes his living selling stories and ideas to professionals suffering from writer’s block. But as Petter sits spinning his tales, he finds himself in a trap of his own making.

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Book Review: Paradise Lost

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Author: Katie Fforde

Published: April 1st 2004 by Arrow

Nel Innes thinks of herself as an overweight and unattractive widow. With all her three children grown up and almost leaving the nest, Nel is content to be with Simon, her real estate boyfriend. Everything changes when she was kissed by a very handsome stranger under the mistletoe who turns out to be a solicitor named Jake Demerand. Unfortunately for Nel, he is working for the couple who inherited the Hunstanton Manor and who are also planning to turn the water meadows into a building site. Nel, horrified by the very prospect intends to prevent that from happening at all costs. Continue reading

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September Wrap-up

This month was a really hectic month for me. I can’t believe that I’ve already been in university for a whole month! But the stacks of assignments serve to remind me of how busy my has been lately and how even more busier it’s bound to be in the future. I really miss my books especially the books I bought from a recent book sale which are now lying serenely in a bag under my bed.

I hope, then, it’s understandable why I’m lately so inactive on my blog and that I hardly participated in the Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme. I’ve already skipped two weeks of TTT (or was it three weeks?), but once I’ve got my studies and my assignments under control, I intend to get my reading habits and my blog posts back on track.

This month, I’ve managed to post two book reviews which are:

  1. Pedigree Mum by Fiona Gibson
  2. The Ultimate Book of Body Language by Lillian Glass, Gregory Hartley & Maryann Karinch

That’s all from me today.

Happy reading!

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Top Ten Favourite Authors

Hi everyone! I’m so honored to have a top ten list from Tara today! M. Tara Crowl is the author of Eden’s Wish and Eden’ts Escape, both published by Disney Hyperion.


My Top Ten Favorite Authors

M. Tara Crowl

Roald Dahl

Wholly original, endlessly playful, and dark around the edges. Like millions of others, I adore Roald Dahl’s writing. He has probably influenced me more than any other writer.

Patricia Highsmith

First, I read Strangers on a Train; then, The Talented Mr. Ripley and the rest of the Ripley series, then This Sweet Sickness, then The Cry of the Owl. The more Highsmith I read, the more I had to read. Her writing is crisp and spare; her characters are captivating; the way she builds tension is flawless.

Madeleine L’Engle

I read A Wrinkle in Time for the first time when I was in the first grade. My teacher saw that I loved to read, and she gave it to me as a challenge. It changed me forever. I love L’Engle’s other books too, but A Wrinkle in Time is pure magic; in my opinion, it’s just about perfect. I’ll be reading it again and again for my whole life.

J.K. Rowling

So much has been said about the Harry Potter books, and rightly so. I feel honored to have been a reader when they were written. I think, in a way, they changed the world. It astounds me that Quidditch, Hogwarts, and Muggles were all created in J.K. Rowling’s head, and now the whole world is familiar with them.  Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ultimate Book of Body Language

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Authors: Lillian Glass, Gregory Hartley & Maryann Karinch

Published: 2015 by Popular

The Ultimate Book of Body Language is a special 2-in-1 special edition comprising of The Body Language of Liars by Lillian Glass and The Body Language Handbook By Gregory Hartley and Maryann Karinch.

In The Body Language of Liars, Lillian Glass talks about the reasons people lie and how to detect when someone is lying to you by observing that person’s behaviour and body language which usually deviates from the baseline of a person’s normal character. Various pictures and snapshots of famous people and celebrities are used as examples as Lillian goes on to list their body language and explains the context behind their facial expressions or position of their body.

The Body Language Handbook explains the steps to learn to read body language and how a certain body language signals different meanings in different situations. Gregory Hartley is an expert interrogator and through this book, he teaches how to read the body language shown in different parts of the body and the psychology behind the body movements, whether intentional or habitual. Photos and pictures are given in this book to provide good examples of people in different situations and serves as a visual medium for the readers to grasp exactly how certain body language would look like with several variances. Gregory also talks about how gestures have different meanings in different cultures and how that affects the reader when trying to read body language. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten All Favourite Fantasy Books

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I love reading all types of books but of all the genres, I enjoy reading fantasy and historical fiction the most. However, since I’ve been reading fantasy books since I was young and I’m still relatively new to historical fiction, I’ll be concentrating on my all-time favourite fantasy books.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme originally started by the bloggers from The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

The Harry Potter series is a must read for every child, young adult and adult. I find that it’s a suitable series for those who are interested in fantasy books especially since most would’ve watched the movies. Continue reading

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Book Review: Pedigree Mum

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Author: Fiona Gibson

Published: February 28th 2013 by Avon

Kerry Tambini has had it with the London city life. Persuading her half-Italian husband, Rob to buy her aunt Maisie’s house over in Shorling, she’s all set to begin a new and wonderful family life there along with her two children, Mia and Freddie. Everything starts to go downhill when she found out Rob had made a terrible blunder in a state of drunkenness.

If that wasn’t enough, Shorling wasn’t as she remembered. Now a rather posh place where every little thing is known by almost the whole town, Kerry fears that her idea to move doesn’t sound that good after all. Left with her two children in Shorling, she decides to heed her children’s whining and get a dog; with the intention of getting back at Rob. In a new environment, Kelly has to pull herself together if not for her, then for her children. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Childhood Favourite TV Shows

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Since these days I hardly ever watch TV shows except movies, I decided that I would talk about my favourite TV shows I watched in my childhood for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme started by the bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Teen Titans

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Teen Titans, go! When I was young, I had a crush on Robin. Anyone with me? I also liked Raven but I have always wanted her to get together with Robin instead of Starfire. I used to play Teen Titans games during computer classes. Ah.. Happy memories! Continue reading

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