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Month in review

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 A Day With My Dad

A Day With My DadA Day With My Dad: 12/14/08

Author Lance Waite wanted a way to express the special bond he has as a father to his two daughters. A Day With My Dad follows a father and daughter as they spend a day in hiking in the foothills near their town.

The hardcover is twenty-four pages long and told in rhyme. The text doesn't always break where the rhymes fall so it takes a little while to fall into the correct rhythm. That's a small quibble with an otherwise delightful book.

Since the book is about a little girl going on an adventure, I read the book out loud to my daughter. She enjoyed the story and was completely taken in by the illustrations (done by Manuela Pentangelo) She quickly fell into a game of pointing out the little girl and the daddy. She also liked the picnic, the deer, the hiding in the leaves and seeing the stars come out near the end of the book.

The book is just the right length to keep young children interested but easy enough for slightly older children to read themselves. For a parent reading the book out loud, the book is visually interesting. Be prepared to pause for the kids to talk about all the details in the pictures.

An added bonus to the book for me as an ex-San Diegan, Lance Waite is a San Diegan and the book is published locally in Encinitas. The book itself isn't especially San Diego, going in stead for a midwest feel. I suspect that the sequel, A Day With My Dad at the Beach will feel more like San Diego.

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