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On a Night Like This: A Novel
On a Night Like This: A Novel
by Ellen Sussman
Edition: Audio Cassette
8 used & new from CDN$ 10.84

4.0 out of 5 stars VERY SAD, June 5 2004
Luke and his dog, Sweet Pea, have been holed up in the woods since his wife left them. To get back in the mix, Luke goes to a school reunion. Afterward, he agrees to look up a classmate who is missing in action. Little does he know a kind effort for a lost soul would demand so much from him emotionally.
With Sweet Pea, Luke gets to know Blair once again. Blair is dying of cancer. Luke continues to visit her. Is he driven by sympathy for Blair's condition or is it guilt for the fame and money he made writing about her high school tragedy? As with all the men Blair meets, she takes Luke to bed. Blair is casual with the sex, alcohol and drugs -- no limits, no attachments -- yet she is offended when Luke's wife returns. Luke confronts his feelings for Blair and his wife, while Blair continues her self-indulgent lifestyle. Needless to say the lives of four people will be affected by the actions of two.
At one point in the story, Blair's boss tells her Luke lives in the center of the world, while she lives on the fringe. That's the outlook of the story. Luke looks inward while he helps Blair, and her daughter, Amanda. And Blair is finally serious about a man. She is the kind of character you want to shake some sense into, while Luke is the kind of man a woman would be lucky to have. Amanda is, surprisingly, wise and grounded. And Blair's landlord is someone most people try to avoid....
I imagine Sussman, like all writers, wants to affect the reader through her story and characters. Readers' reactions will range from judgmental, to compassionate, to actual grief. On a Night Like This is a dark, salacious story hidden under a romantic title and sentimental-looking cover. It's very contemporary and very explicit. You'll cringe, cry, and maybe even care for these characters. Be sure to keep a lighthearted read nearby when you finish; you're going to need it.
Known for their voices in animated works, Barbara Goodson and Michael Gough take turns narrating On a Night Like This. Some readers can't handle both male and female voices on an audio book, but sometimes, like this particular story, it's nice to have both.

The Dog From Arf! Arf! To Zzzzzz
The Dog From Arf! Arf! To Zzzzzz
by Dog Artlist Collection
Edition: Hardcover
21 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFUL AND BENEFICIAL, June 5 2004
There is nothing cuter than a furry animal - in this case, dogs. These adorable mutts with their exaggerated angles accompany the letters of the alphabet. A lab comes with the letter C, a terrier is down with the letter D, a furry black and white Vroom's to the letter V, and a hot dog shows his tail for the letter T.
The Dog from Arf! Arf! to Zzzzzz is delightful and beneficial. Using dogs and positioning them to represent the letters of the alphabet is a terrific idea. Seeing actions that represent the word of the letter is fun, and it helps kids retain the alphabet, as well as improve their memory skills. If owning the real thing (a pup) is not possible, this is next best thing for your little one.

Critter Love
Critter Love
by Kate Spohn
Edition: Hardcover
11 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars TOUCHING IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE!, June 5 2004
Ce commentaire est de: Critter Love (Hardcover)
"Furry
Feathery
Soft
Sleek
Love All critters!"
-- Critter Love (back cover)
When I picked Critter Love up, the first thing I noticed was the fuzzy feeling of the hippo on the cover. As I read through the easy reading, attractive book I notice there were more fuzzy feeling creatures. What an attention-grabbing effect for the kids to enjoy as they gaze at the home-style illustrations.
Critter Love is a book that tells kids to be kind to critters. No matter what kind--wild and tame--or what size--big or little. There are drawings of elephants, alligators, giraffes, turtles, sheep, dogs, cats and even a porpoise or two.
I'm not sure if the author meant it to be, but this is an entertaining tool for the youngest school-aged child in the family. With the colorful illustrations and simple wording, it teaches them at a young age to respect animals. The pages are thick for easy handling and extra wide to hold the fun illustrations.

Moses Sees A Play
Moses Sees A Play
by Isaac Millman
Edition: Hardcover
14 used & new from CDN$ 2.26

5.0 out of 5 stars FOR DEAF AND HEARING CHILDREN, June 5 2004
Ce commentaire est de: Moses Sees A Play (Hardcover)
Today, Moses and his school have some special visitors. They are the actors of The Little Theatre of the Deaf. They present plays in a special way. Moses' teacher, Mr. Samuel invites a hearing class to see the play with Moses' class. Manuel is with the visiting class. He is new and speaks Spanish. Moses knows Manuel feels different and tries to sign to him. Manuel and Moses discover they do have something in common and a friendship begins.
So what is it that draws Manuel and Moses together? Moreover, how does The Little Theatre of the Deaf present the Cinderella? You will have to read the book to find out!
Millman writes and illustrates the Moses series. Millman's modest illustrations blend perfectly with the reflective storylines he creates. The Moses series' easy-going, imaginative approach teaches deaf awareness in an unassuming way. Learning new signs with each book is an added bonus. Moses is an inspirational role model for both hearing and deaf children. This is one series I highly recommend.

God Bless The Child
God Bless The Child
by Billie Holiday
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.43
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL PICTURES COMPLIMENT A BEAUTIFUL SONG, June 5 2004
Ce commentaire est de: God Bless The Child (Paperback)
Jerry Pinkney collects vintage photographs, and it was those photos, along with the history of sharecroppers and their migration to the north, that inspired Pinkney to breathe new life into Billie Holiday's song "God Bless the Children" - not that the song needed new life, but it is a the perfect choice for the message Pinkney is trying to convey to young African-American readers--which is their history.
The large book displays some memorable illustrations, each stretching across two pages. The illustrations are scenes in the life of a sharecropper family in the thirties: scenes of Bible reading, horse playing, working in the field, loading the car to move up north and scenes of the working and living in an industrial city. With the illustrations are the words to the song "God Bless the Child." The song becomes a beautiful story brought to life with these detailed, expressive images. They are absolutely beautiful; I just couldn't get enough of them. A free CD of Holiday's God Bless the Child can be found at the back of the book.

Lilly's Chocolate Heart
Lilly's Chocolate Heart
by Kevin Henkes
Edition: Board book
Price: CDN$ 8.08
63 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars the spirit to be a favorite, June 5 2004
Ce commentaire est de: Lilly's Chocolate Heart (Board book)
Lilly has one chocolate heart left from Valentine's Day, and it's bedtime, so where is the perfect, safe place to put her chocolate heart until tomorrow? This little bedtime dilemma has Lilly searching around her room for just the right place. Does she find it?
In Henkes' eye candy, easy reading style he delights young readers with another of Lilly's fanciful tales. In a small board book, modest sentences pop off solid, colored backgrounds as Lily, the little white mouse, dances from page to page in search of the perfect place for her last chocolate heart. Like I said, it's easy reading and perfect for young ones with short attention spans, not to mention the pages are strong enough to survive the pulling, tugging and turning of small hands.
Lilly's Chocolate Heart has the spirit to be a favorite, to be read over and over again. I can just hear a little voice repeating the last page by heart in a fit of laughter.
There is one more book with Lilly (Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse) and other titles with little mice, such as Julius, Wemberly, Sheila Rae, Chester, and Owen.

Baby Booky: Honey Bunny
Baby Booky: Honey Bunny
by Mary Engelbreit
Edition: Board book
20 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars ENGELBREIT'S BABY BOOKY SERIES A REAL TREASURE, June 5 2004
Ce commentaire est de: Baby Booky: Honey Bunny (Board book)
Honey Bunny is a pastel treasure. Smiling cherub-like faces of various cultures show off their springtime treasures, such as candy, eggs, a chick, and a bunny. The author uses polka dot patterns in the borders surrounding the pictures and in the large words to draw attention to them. The muted colors give a soft appearance throughout the book. Parents will enjoy reading the colorful nouns and adjectives to their preschoolers and pointing to fun picture they represent. It's a great way to teach a preschooler new words. Baby Booky: Honey Bunny is just one in a popular Baby Booky series by Engelbreit. (...)

Minnie And Moo: The Attack Of The Easter Bunnies
Minnie And Moo: The Attack Of The Easter Bunnies
by Denys Cazet
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars TOO FUNNY...., June 5 2004
When Minnie tells Moo that the farmer says he's too old to be the Easter Bunny this year, Moo panics and looks for an Easter Bunny replacement. She asks Elvis the grumpy rooster and some of the other farm animals. In the end, Moo tries solving the problem herself, and gets an Easter surprise of her own. It's a fun trek across the farm as Minnie and Moo plead and plan to give the farmer's grandchildren a traditional Easter.
Minnie, Moo and the rest of the farm animals are amusing and adorable. The illustrations are charming and colorful. Parents looking for a light, enjoyable moment of reading with their kids should try any of the eleven Minnie and Moo books.
The Attack of the Easter Bunnies is a part of the "I Can Read Book" series, a wonderful line of books created to introduce children to the joy of reading.

A Coyote's In The House Cd Unabridged
A Coyote's In The House Cd Unabridged
by Elmore Leonard
Edition: Audio CD
Price: CDN$ 27.20
12 used & new from CDN$ 27.20

4.0 out of 5 stars A HIP, JAZZY KIND OF COYOTE, June 5 2004
Antwan, a coyote, notices Buddy, a German Shepard, in a fancy yard, in the Hollywood Hills. Buddy calls to Antwan, invites him in the house. Buddy wants to trade lives with Antwan. He wants Antwan to live in his house while he runs with the gang (pack). When the family comes home, the young, snippety daughter discovers Antwan in the house. She yells, "There's a coyote in the house!" Antwan escapes, but later returns as "Timmy." The family adopts Timmy (Antwan). While living with them, Antwan comes to understand dogs and cats, but isn't sure he will ever like their masters.
The females in the storyline are Miss Betty, the poodle princess, Lola, the movie star cat, and Romana, Antwan's sister. They get in the act when Miss Betty decides she doesn't like Buddy being depressed. She wants him to feel like the hero he played in the movies. She creates a plan involving Lola. (Lola steals the show during this thread of the storyline.)
Elmore Leonard shares the tale of a wild coyote who swears never to be tamed. He likes running with his gang. The story begins with Antwan talking to his gang, about the various dogs and their backgrounds. Antwan, Buddy, and the rest experience various adventures. There are fun and of course gross moments. Kids will love it.
Actor Neil Patrick Harris narrates A Coyote's in the House. He brings out the hip, jazzy personality of Antwan and the older, wiser tone of Buddy. But it's with Miss Betty and Lola that Harris seems to have the most fun. I have to say, Lola is my favorite

Roger, the Jolly Pirate
Roger, the Jolly Pirate
by Brett Helquist
Edition: Library Binding
8 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars YOU'LL BE SINGING LIKE A PIRATE!, June 5 2004
Brett Helquist, author of the Lemony Snicket series, brings young readers a fantastical pirate tale.
Roger isn't a very good pirate. He tends to confuse the windward from the leeward and such. He smiles too much, and his fellow pirates like to frown and growl. His shipmates nickname him the "Jolly Roger." The Admiral sails in to capture the pirates, and Roger is put in the hold as usual, but something terrible happens. Let's hope Roger survives to tell the tale!
Roger, The Jolly Pirate is fun. The illustrations are hilariously expressive. Kids can read it alone or have mom or dad read it aloud. Either way, everyone will be singing like pirates by the end of the book.

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