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“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” Review

“Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a rabbit who was made almost entirely of china.” So begins The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (and, I must add, wonderfully illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline). This is a book that Ivy recently received and, as I’m on Christmas vacation and have some extra time on my hands,… Continue reading “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” Review

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“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” Review

“Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy.” So begins The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This is, of course, the first of Lewis’ well-known Narnia series (I know, I know… first in publication but second in chronology). My dad first read this to me when I was… Continue reading “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” Review

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“The World’s Greatest Detective” Review

“Most people who made their way to Detective’s Row were in trouble, one way or another, and Toby Montrose was in a heap of it.” So begins The World’s Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson. This was another book we considered for Ivy’s book box birthday gifts, and I gave it a read through beforehand. In brief, it… Continue reading “The World’s Greatest Detective” Review

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What to Do on Birthdays When There are Already Too Many Toys?

Our daughter’s birthday is in October and with Christmas following soon after, gift-giving has been on our minds. Increasingly, however, this presents Kyna and I with a conundrum: we want these events to be special and for our kids to get gifts that they’re really excited about, but they have so many toys already! They’re… Continue reading What to Do on Birthdays When There are Already Too Many Toys?

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“The Door in the Dragon’s Throat” Review

“In the arid and strife-torn Middle East, land of Bible adventures, wars, camels, and kings, in the tiny, secluded, and landlocked nation of Nepur, a nation known for its strange customs and ancient mysteries, pompous President Al-Dallam, Chief Magistrate and Bearer of the Royal Sceptre, sat and fidgeted at his huge marble desk in the… Continue reading “The Door in the Dragon’s Throat” Review

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“On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness” review

“Janner Igiby lay trembling in his bed with his eyes shut tight, listening to the dreadful sound of the Black Carriage rattling along in the moonlight.” So begins On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson, the first book in the four part Wingfeather Saga. A friend of ours told us… Continue reading “On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness” review

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“The Journal of William Thomas Emerson” review

“My name is Will. William Thomas Emerson is my full name, in honor of my papa, only he’s dead now. So is everyone else.” So begins The Journal of William Thomas Emerson: A Revolutionary War Patriot, a book in the My Name is America series. This one is written by Barry Denenberg though the series… Continue reading “The Journal of William Thomas Emerson” review