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Reviews:
The Alarming Letters from Scottsdale by Warner Law
Brother by James Fredericks
Bubbles Betrothed by Sarah Strohmeyer
Bunny Modern by David Bowman
Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille by Steven Brust
A Day With My Dad by Lance Waite
Dirt: An American Campaign by Mark LaFlamme
Divine Freefall by Beth Wiseman
50/50 by Dean Karnazes
Game Widow by Wendy Kays
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
How the Day Runs Down by John Langan
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Jim the Boy by Tony Earley
Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
Margarettown by Garbrielle Zevin
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Memphis: Objects, Furniture & Patterns by Richard Horn
The Minutemen's Witch by Charles Coleman Finlay
The New Writer's Handbook by Ted Kooser
One Crossed Out by Fanny Howe
The Once and Future Celt by Bill Watkins
Peter Hatches and Egg by Louise Bienvenu-Brialmont
Raindrop Plop! by
Ripley Under Water by Patricia Highsmith
A Skeptical Spirit by Albert E. Cowdrey
Smash Trash by Laura Driscoll
Sunsets and Shooting Stars by Rick Seidel
The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
Uh-oh, Calico! by Karma Wilson
We Come Not to Praise Washington by Charles Coleman Finlay
Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Ann Schwartz
Zodiac by Neal Stephenson

Don Quixote:
Book 3
Book 4: Chapters 28-37
Book 4: End of Part 1

Miscellaneous:
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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for If You Give a Cat a Cupcake

If You Give a Cat a CupcakeIf You Give a Cat a Cupcake: 12/21/08

Sean and Harriet both enjoy If You Give a Pig a Pancake (1998) so when I saw If You Give a Cat a Cupcake coming out this year, I had to get a copy for Harriet. For a fan of the series and a lover of cats, the latest Numeroff and Bond collaboration is perfect.

Like the other books, a single act of kindness to an animal character leads to a series of requests and improbable but humorous situations. In this case, it's a cute tuxedo cat who gets a cupcake for a treat. All the best cupcakes come with sprinkles but sprinkles are messy. Clean up is hard work and leads to play time on the beach.

Since the book features a cat, the book is an instant hit with Harriet. Of the two books in the series I've read I have to agree with my daughter. The string of events is so wacky that it's silly and fun. Felicia Bond's illustrations are fresh, bright and colorful. The cat is more cat-like than her pig is pig-like.

For fans of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the mouse makes guest appearances on a number of pages. Can you spot the mouse?

If You Give a... Series by Laura Numeroff:

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