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Goodreads Summary: 14 (Audible book)

Goodreads Summary: Anybody Out There? (CD rental from library)

Marian Keyes has introduced readers to the lives, loves, and foibles of the five Walsh sisters. In this funny, heartbreaking, and triumphant new tale set in the Big Apple, it’s Anna’s turn in the spotlight.

Life is perfect for Anna Walsh. She has the “Best Job in the World” as a PR exec for a top-selling urban beauty brand, a lovely apartment in New York, and a perfect husband — the love of her life, Aidan Maddox. Until the morning she wakes up in her mammy’s living room in Dublin with her face in stitches, a dislocated knee, and completely smashed-up hands — and no memory of how she got there. While her mammy plays nursemaid, Anna tries to get better and keeps wondering why Aidan won’t return her phone calls or emails.

Recuperating from her injuries, a mystified Anna returns to Manhattan. Slowly beginning to remember what happened, she sets off on a search to find Aidan — a hilarious quest involving lilies (she can’t stop smelling them), psychics, mediums, and anyone there who can promise her a reunion with her beloved…

Written in her classic style, marrying the darker parts of life with humor and wit, Anybody Out There? is Marian Keyes’ best novel to date, wonderfully charming look at love here and ever after.

My Review – 5 stars 

YOU WILL NEED A BIG BOX OF TISSUES WHEN YOU READ THIS BOOK! Even though this is #4 in the series it was recommended to me to as a read alone book. 

I guessed part of the ending immediately, I just knew it..

I laughed, cried, threatened to beat us some characters, and prayed for Anna to have her happy ending. She isn’t better or worse, just different now and that’s okay.

I never liked or trusted Janie. Maybe it was just by accident, but I still don’t trust her. 

Highlight for spoilers… (((I knew the little boy in Leisel’s psychic visions was Aiden’s baby. I I KNEW that he had gotten Janie pregnant. So not fair that Janie gets his son and poor Anna gets nothing. I know she has closure…and boy that closure made me sob. I had to pull my car over from crying so damn hard. 

I’m happy that her life is getting better, she is standing up for herself and learning how to be self sufficient. Yay to her finding love and having a choice. I pray she has another happy marriage and kids. I think this time she will want kids right away, she now knows to live life to the fullest.)))

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Goodreads Summary: Heartburn (CD rental from library)

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman. The fact that the other woman has “a neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb and you should see her legs” is no consolation. Food sometimes is, though, since Rachel writes cookbooks for a living. And in between trying to win Mark back and loudly wishing him dead, Ephron’s irrepressible heroine offers some of her favorite recipes. Heartburn is a sinfully delicious novel, as soul-satisfying as mashed potatoes and as airy as a perfect soufflé.

Think I’m going to thoroughly enjoy this book! Praying she gets to junk punch her husband a few times though. 

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This Week I Read…

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Ten Apples Up On Top!

 

Amazon Summary:

Three friends balance counting and fun in this silly Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss and illustrated by Roy McKie. When a lion, a dog, and a tiger meet up, they soon discover that they can each do different things while balancing apples on their heads. Whether drinking milk, jumping rope, or roller-skating, they can do a lot with ten apples up on top! But watch out, she has a mop! She’ll knock those apples from up on top. Seuss’s apple-balancing characters will have youngsters reading, counting, and giggling!

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

AJ’s Review:

I like the ending, everyone has apples on their heads. They add more apples to their heads. It’s a good book for counting, kids will like it. My favorite part is when they all go kaboom. Go to your library and get it.   

SO ANGRY….HIS WONDERFUL VIDEO DID NOT PROCESS CORRECTLY ON YOUTUBE. I DELETED IT FROM MY PHONE THINKING IT WAS ALL GOOD…SIGHS….AJ WAS CRYING. 

Mommy’s Review:

Another cute book that uses receptive words and phrases to help kids decode and read. While most of it is too hard for AJ, he has an excellent memory and comprehension skills so he enjoyed reading, making predictions, and talking about the characters. 

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Goodreads Summary: Anybody Out There? (Library CD Rental)

Marian Keyes has introduced readers to the lives, loves, and foibles of the five Walsh sisters. In this funny, heartbreaking, and triumphant new tale set in the Big Apple, it’s Anna’s turn in the spotlight.

Life is perfect for Anna Walsh. She has the “Best Job in the World” as a PR exec for a top-selling urban beauty brand, a lovely apartment in New York, and a perfect husband — the love of her life, Aidan Maddox. Until the morning she wakes up in her mammy’s living room in Dublin with her face in stitches, a dislocated knee, and completely smashed-up hands — and no memory of how she got there. While her mammy plays nursemaid, Anna tries to get better and keeps wondering why Aidan won’t return her phone calls or emails.

Recuperating from her injuries, a mystified Anna returns to Manhattan. Slowly beginning to remember what happened, she sets off on a search to find Aidan — a hilarious quest involving lilies (she can’t stop smelling them), psychics, mediums, and anyone there who can promise her a reunion with her beloved…

Written in her classic style, marrying the darker parts of life with humor and wit, Anybody Out There? is Marian Keyes’ best novel to date, wonderfully charming look at love here and ever after.

STILL READING IT!!!! There are 13 CDs and despite all my traveling between schools, I still have not finished it. I could fast forward, but I am so captivated by this book. It’s pretty obvious what happened to her husband, but finding out how, overcoming the grief, and now her journey to connect with him and start over is so amazing. I am loving every minute and can’t wait to see how it all ends. 

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This Week I Read…

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Ready? Set. Raymond

 

Amazon Summary:

Raymond likes to do everything fast–from brushing his teeth to going to school to making new friends. In three easy-to-read stories, readers follow Raymond on a typical super-fast day, see him make a new friend, and run a race!

AJ’s Review:

Raymond likes to go fast, talk fast, eat fast like me. He does everything fast, but he needs to slow down. Then he meets a new girl and wants to make friends, he brings her cookies. It’s nice to share. She yells his name in the race and he wins, because he’s fast. He gets his new sneakers dirty, but he’s happy he ran. 

My Pop Pop’s name is Raymond, but he’s not fast. 


Mommy’s Review:

A cute Step up to Reading book. Even though it;s a level 2 and a bit harder, AJ enjoys listening to it and trying to read the phrases and words he knows. It has three stories that are all related and cute to read. I love that, like AJ, Raymond does everything too fast. He loves that part. 

 

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Goodreads Summary: 14 (Audible book)

Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment.

Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much.

At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s. Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends.

Or the end of everything…

Chosen by Audible.com as the best sci-fi novel of 2012!

My Review – 5 stars

THIS WOULD MAKE A GREAT MOVIE.

Okay, I’m not a big SciFi person and thought this was going in another direction. Still it was pretty darn awesome. I knew that character was not really who he pretended to be. Who? Well you’ll have to read to find out. 

It is a bit freaky to find all these crazy things going on in a place you live. Thinking it was going to be one ending I was scared at night. Then when it became apparent it was a different ending I was disturbed, but no longer scared. 

Highlight for spoilers… (((I was expecting the building to be haunted, but not a portal to hell or a different dimension. I knew Andrew was evil, but not that evil. I am glad he got destroyed at the end. Poor Tim…sobs.  Love the ending after the ending, they will all keep going to protect this machine. )))

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Goodreads Summary: Anybody Out There? (CD rental from library)

Marian Keyes has introduced readers to the lives, loves, and foibles of the five Walsh sisters. In this funny, heartbreaking, and triumphant new tale set in the Big Apple, it’s Anna’s turn in the spotlight.

Life is perfect for Anna Walsh. She has the “Best Job in the World” as a PR exec for a top-selling urban beauty brand, a lovely apartment in New York, and a perfect husband — the love of her life, Aidan Maddox. Until the morning she wakes up in her mammy’s living room in Dublin with her face in stitches, a dislocated knee, and completely smashed-up hands — and no memory of how she got there. While her mammy plays nursemaid, Anna tries to get better and keeps wondering why Aidan won’t return her phone calls or emails.

Recuperating from her injuries, a mystified Anna returns to Manhattan. Slowly beginning to remember what happened, she sets off on a search to find Aidan — a hilarious quest involving lilies (she can’t stop smelling them), psychics, mediums, and anyone there who can promise her a reunion with her beloved…

Written in her classic style, marrying the darker parts of life with humor and wit, Anybody Out There? is Marian Keyes’ best novel to date, wonderfully charming look at love here and ever after.

Even though this is #4 in the series it was recommended to me to as a read alone book. One of the lovely ladies in my reading group, Grace, thought I might enjoy reading it between our book club books. I can’t wait. I normally read a book a week, two in a week if it’s a shorter book.  

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Goodreads Summary: Beautiful Ruins (BOOK CLUB and Audible book)

When a shocking family secret is revealed, twenty-something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights out in London and raging hangovers the next day become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family in America, on the island of Nantucket. It’s a mistake for which she can’t forgive herself. When she returns home, she confronts the unavoidable reality of her life and knows it’s time to grow up. But she doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to earn the forgiveness of the people she hurt.

As the years pass, Cat grows into her forties, a struggling single mother, coping with a new-found sobriety and determined to finally make amends. Traveling back to her past, to the family she left behind on Nantucket all those years ago, she may be able to earn their forgiveness, but in doing so she may risk losing the very people she loves the most.

Told with Jane Green’s keen eye for detailing the emotional landscape of the heart, Summer Secrets is at once a compelling drama and a beautifully rendered portrait of relationships, betrayals, and forgiveness; about accepting the things we cannot change, finding the courage to change the things we can, and being strong enough to weather the storms.

My Review – 5 stars

WOW, I knew it was going to be good, but it really floored me. I loved the Hollywood history and gossip. I loved all the secrets, twists, and lies that each of them held onto. I felt one way through the book, but after Pasquale’s statement at the end…I had a completely different outlook. 

A MUST READ!!!!!

Highlight for spoilers… (((We find out she’s not dying, but prego. At first we are led to believe it’s Micheal Deen’s…the dirt bag, douche drinker that he is….I DID NOT LIKE HIM and in the end…he proved to be worse than Satan’s shit in the toilet bowl.  
It is really is Richard Burton’s kid. He was having an affair with ???? behind Elizabeth Taylor…who he was cheating with on his wife Debbie Reynolds…
So many little effects and a”beautiful ruins” come from this. We cheer for Pasquale to find Dee More and be with her. The lives they lead seem sad, but Pasquale thanks her for making him the man he needed to be….sniffles.)))

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Goodreads Summary: 14 (Book on Audible)

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s. Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends. Or the end of everything…

Think this might be a darn good mystery/thriller/suspense book…I can’t wait. I hope I can sleep after reading it. 

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This Week I Read…

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Howdy-Doodle Doo!

 

Amazon Summary:

Julius Jr. and his playful friends use equal doses of imagination and inventive spirit to help each other overcome challenges big and small, teaching boys and girls ages 2-5 that the best inventions are the ones that help your friends. This Step 1 Step into Reading leveled reader based on the creative spirit and lovable characters of Paul Frank comes with a shiny foil cover and two sheets of sparkly hologramatic stickers!

Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words. Rhymes and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story. For children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading.

AJ’s Review:

They go on the farm, the chickens get out. So Julius creates a machine to make the farmer’s voice louder. He calls his chickens back. 

Mommy’s Review:

While AJ can read some of the words and sound out others he still relies on memorization and using pictorial cues to help him read what’s on the page.   

He is trying, but being stubborn he refuses help. I try to remind him to sound out the words. He knows it’s easier to rely on learned self-help skills than sound out words. We will keep trying, because when he does it he feels so darn good. 

For a Step 1 book, it’s really cute. The book focuses on team work and helping others. He needs to bring a few books into first grade; books he can read on his own. I am hoping continued practice with a few Step 1 and 2 books will make him feel confident when reading books that first day. 

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Goodreads Summary: Summer Secrets (Audible book)

When a shocking family secret is revealed, twenty-something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights out in London and raging hangovers the next day become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family in America, on the island of Nantucket. It’s a mistake for which she can’t forgive herself. When she returns home, she confronts the unavoidable reality of her life and knows it’s time to grow up. But she doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to earn the forgiveness of the people she hurt.

As the years pass, Cat grows into her forties, a struggling single mother, coping with a new-found sobriety and determined to finally make amends. Traveling back to her past, to the family she left behind on Nantucket all those years ago, she may be able to earn their forgiveness, but in doing so she may risk losing the very people she loves the most.

Told with Jane Green’s keen eye for detailing the emotional landscape of the heart, Summer Secrets is at once a compelling drama and a beautifully rendered portrait of relationships, betrayals, and forgiveness; about accepting the things we cannot change, finding the courage to change the things we can, and being strong enough to weather the storms.

My Review – 3 Stars

It took me some time to get used to the switching back and forth between characters and time…but soon it all makes sense. One secret destroys so much, creates so much pain, and create more lives. 

At one point I was questioning how it was all going to come together, then it makes sense. Both times situations on Nantucket caused pain, but then we return to the place it all happened. How will it all end? Well you have to read to find out! The story really pulls you in and makes you root for Cat, makes you root for love and family.  
The only reason I gave it 3 stars was because the ending left us guessing what would happen. I feel after all those details, emotion, and building it up and to leave us THERE makes no sense. Almost like she was at her deadline and rushed to finish writing to get it printed. It left me with more questions than answers. I think after a book filled with tons of details deserves somewhat of an ending or look into how the characters will end up. 
Highlight for spoilers… (((First the mom goes to Nantucket, to take a break from her loveless, lonely, and terrible marriage, in order to help her aunt. She meets a neighbor, Brooks. She has an affair with him and gets pregnant.  But she goes back, never telling him about the baby. She goes back to her evil husband. Her daughter, Cat, has a terrible life…and eventually becomes an alcoholic
After the dad dies, the identify of her real father is revealed. She travels to Nantucket to meet him, her two half-sisters. Brooks is also a drunk, Julie is an enabler, and the Ellie doesn’t want to meet her. Cat winds up getting drunk with Julie’s boyfriend and has drunk sex. Brooks politely makes her leave, saying his drinking has done enough damage, he can’t have her do the same.
Cat returns to London, marries her longtime boyfriend and has a child. For years she stays sober, but then stress of motherhood makes her drink and she goes back into pain of alcoholism. He divorces her and she finally becomes sober.
Part of her amends is going to Nantucket once again to ask Julie and Ellie for forgiveness, but Brooks has passed years ago. Julie forgives her and loves her. Ellie is another story.  But Julie is a liar and hits on and kisses her ex husband to get back at her. Julie is just a drunk like her dad and a horrible person. Ellie forgives her and has a long distance sister-relationship with her. In the end it is implied that she gets back with her ex-husband, but we only can guess…after all those details and story and we don’t know, don’t have an epilogue….so not right.  The ending was a HUGE letdown.)))

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Goodreads Summary: Beautiful Ruins BOOK CLUB BOOK (Book on Audible)

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio’s back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion—along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.

I’ve had this on my To Read list for a while, so having it as our book club read was perfect. A great beginning, can’t wait to see how it all unravels.  

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Goodreads Summary: Cold Cold Heart (Audible book)

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until a notorious serial killer tried to add her to his list of victims. Nearly a year has passed since she survived her ordeal, but the physical, emotional, and psychological scars run deep. Struggling with the torment of post-traumatic stress syndrome, plagued by flashbacks and nightmares, Dana returns to her hometown in an attempt to begin to put her life back together. But home doesn’t provide the comfort she expects.

Dana’s harrowing story and her return to small-town life have rekindled police and media interest in the unsolved case of her childhood best friend, Casey Grant, who disappeared without a trace the summer after their graduation from high school. Terrified of truths long buried, Dana reluctantly begins to look back at her past. Viewed through the dark filter of PTSD, old friends and loved ones become suspects and enemies. Questioning everything she knows, refusing to be defined by the traumas of her past, Dana seeks out a truth that may prove too terrible to be believed.…

My Review – 4 Stars

WHOA…from the beginning you are thrown into Dana’s nightmare. Right from the start the horror is there, but you know you’re in for one crazy ride. NOT FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T HANDLE READING ABOUT TORTURE AND PAIN.

I had a feeling of who it was and I was right, but I always go for the last person you would think and I’m almost always right. There’s a twist in there and it’s a good one, but predictable.

This book really helps you get into the mind of a victim and survivor. She perfectly describes Before Dana and After Dana. She survived, but life will never be the same. 

I REALLY loved that Tami Hoag made several statements with her book that are sadly true to life. In addition she speaks about TBI Traumatic Brain Injuries and how it has affected her. The statements are listed in the spoilers. 

Highlight for spoilers… (((Dana somehow survives and by pure courage survives, but doesn’t remember what the serial killer did to her…but the pain and horror is still there. She now suffers from a TBI and no one really knows how to help her accept the new therapist and retired cop. At first Dan Hardy is made out to be the killer or creepy dude, but he really wants to find Casey’s killer and helps Dana the most. 
Tim was Dana’s boyfriend and Casey was dating John. Tim that fucker, is the one who killed Casey (who was a cheater and liar just like him). Tim killed her because she was pregnant and was insisting he was the father. He killed her possibly killed the stripper decades ago and told rumors that it was Dan Hardy. He recently beat and raped a local waitress. 
He tried to put the blame on John. The fact that he tried to blame John instead of helping his old friend was the BIG clue to me.
The twist of the skeleton…John’s dad is an abuser and worthless shit. He killed his wife and kept her body in the shed. He made the whole town believe she left her son behind. Imagine no one bothered to check and believed the word of a drunk. Poor John spent his whole life thinking his mother abandoned him and was raised by a drunk…and no one helped him. It was a trick to make the reader think the dad killed Casey, but I knew it was the mom.)))

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Goodreads Summary: Summer Secrets (Book on Audible)

When a shocking family secret is revealed, twenty-something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights out in London and raging hangovers the next day become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family in America, on the island of Nantucket. It’s a mistake for which she can’t forgive herself. When she returns home, she confronts the unavoidable reality of her life and knows it’s time to grow up. But she doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to earn the forgiveness of the people she hurt.

As the years pass, Cat grows into her forties, a struggling single mother, coping with a new-found sobriety and determined to finally make amends. Traveling back to her past, to the family she left behind on Nantucket all those years ago, she may be able to earn their forgiveness, but in doing so she may risk losing the very people she loves the most.

Told with Jane Green’s keen eye for detailing the emotional landscape of the heart, Summer Secrets is at once a compelling drama and a beautifully rendered portrait of relationships, betrayals, and forgiveness; about accepting the things we cannot change, finding the courage to change the things we can, and being strong enough to weather the storms.

There’s been a lot of buzz all over social media about this book. I love Jane Green and hope this book lives up to the hype. 

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This Week I Read…

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There’s a Cow in the Cabbage Patch

 

Amazon Summary:

All the animals in this mixed-up farmyard are out of place. Young readers are asked, “What shall we do?” and encouraged to sort out this puzzle. Collage art in felt, stitched with antique fabrics, buttons, and other bric-a-brac, perfectly illustrates the playful text.

AJ’s Review:

I love the pictures, they looked like they are sewed on. They have button eyes and clothes that I think I can touch, but it’s not real. He was in love with the illustrations, even though he was giggling as we read the book. He loved to take guesses on what animal would be in wrong place next.

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Mommy’s Review:

AJ borrowed this from the library, I think he liked the cover. Sometimes he is so captivated by the illustrations, as he was with this book. It looks like a collage with sewed on buttons, felt, and quilts. All AJ wanted to do was run his fingers over each page to make sure he really couldn’t feel it through the paper.

The premise of the book is great, repetition of text to get kids engaged and easy for them to make predictions about what animal would be in the wrong place.

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