Reviews by PattySmith
This is a cute little book about a girl and a mouse who are good friends, but go about hiding their friendship for fear of getting in trouble. It is only when they go looking for their mommas that they realize they aren't the only creatures keeping a secret! The illustrations are adorable and it's fun to see how the human house compares to that of the mouse family. You'll have to check it out to find out what the secret is!
What a fun way to revisit your childhood with this retro cartoon!
This is one of my favorite children’s book. The illustrations are delightful and the story always has my kids laughing out loud. Hop on in and see just how much Betty Bunny loves chocolate cake. Delicious!
This book is a mixture of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Set in 1930s New York, it follows the life of a young woman, Katey, trying to step out of the role of what is expected of women in that day and age. The prose is eloquent and the story paints a vivid image of what life in NY was like in the 1930s. Kick off your shoe, mix yourself a shaker of martinis and let yourself enter the world of social class, late night parties and rising above what is expected of you. Be warned, this book is hard to put down! I spent a few late nights engulfed in its rich prose.
One of my favorite books as a child was Where the Wild Things Are. Written in 1963 by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, it has weathered the test if time and is still a favorite of children some 30+ years after it was published. Recently I watched the movie adaptation directed by Spike Jonze and was pleasantly surprised to find that I really liked it, as did my 6 year old daughter. Parents be warned, this movie is not appropriate for younger children. It is full of dark images, beastly behavior and sad themes like loneliness and abandonment. In one scene, Max is chased in the woods by a beast and has to hide in a kindly beast’s mouth to avoid being caught by a meanie monster. It is a gruesome, scary scene that even put me on edge. Despite all the sadness, it is a good movie that has some delightful and funny moments. The soundtrack to the movie is great! While listening to it my husband likened it to The Pixies and I have to agree it has a Pixies sound to it. My husband called it The Pixies for children. My children love the music as well and we’ve combined the book with the soundtrack to have a real Wild Rumpas!