Dreyer's English

You might be a grammar geek if you chuckle at the cover of this book. It sets the tone perfectly. What if you aren’t a grammar geek and want to improve your writing? This book works for you as well. So funny that you won’t want to skip even the footnotes. I read it cover to cover in a couple of days and can see myself referring back to it as a reference book.
The publisher says it is the new Elements With Style and I’d agree. It is more of an everyman's guide to English grammar. Even if you don’t write for school or work- you are for sure tweeting and emailing. I always tell my students that we are all writers. Being a capable writer will put you ahead in any situation.
Every writer has some bad habits, and Dreyer covers the most frequent errors in a way that makes me less cringy than just seeing all the red pen on my words. He sets the tone of a friend who may give your writing a run through with both humor and a bit of sarcasm.

Please note that I received a free advance E ARC of this book from Edelweiss without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
I am buying a copy for my library and hope to incorporate it into our homeschool high school grammar lessons.

Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer

Oskar Can

Oskar is a raven who can do all the things that your preschool kid might want to do. This story is a sweet and simple look into a little kids day. I’m pretty sure it was translated from German and I can tell you that the 3-5 year old experience is the same the world over.

I love the positive outlook of I can, versus I can’t or I won’t.

I’m keeping one copy and saving it for the next little kid that comes over.

Oskar by Britta Teckentrupp

October 18, 2018

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A Good Night For Shooting Zombies

Well, you don’t see a lot of books set in South Africa- so that’s why I accepted this ARC knowing nothing else about it.

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Turns out it was a great decision as this coming of age book was short, sweet and quirky. Clucky (Martin) is a math guy and he sees the world through numbers. He meets a neighbor kid named Vusi who wants to make a zombie movie and unfortunately also has Hodgkins disease. The two boys end make making the movie working through the challenges of Vusi’s reality of treatments and staying inside.

There are some heavy themes but it is solidly MG and I think that kids in grades 4-6 will enjoy this look into life in South Africa.

A Good Night For Shooting Zombies by Jaco Jacobs

Oct 11, 2018

Halo: Battle Born

Quick family story before this review. Many years ago when my oldest child was thirteen he received the game Halo as a birthday present and I made him return it because- violence. I was on top of things and had parenting standards back then. Fast forward to our youngest child who at the age of two watched his older brothers play Halo. So much so that one of his first phrases was- nuclear bomb. So, I’m familiar with the Halo Universe.

Please note that I received a free advance ARC of this book through the Kid Lit Exchange without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.


Whether you’ve played any of the Halo games or not this YA Science Fiction novel is worth a read. If you have played the game, then this book contains all the details that you would expect. Everything from The Covenant to plasma guns, to health packs, even a young injured Spartan soldier.

Saskia, Dorian, Evie, and Victor live in a small colony in the middle of nowhere, and while they weren’t exactly best friends before their colony got attacked, they manage to work together to defend their families from the aliens. Each chapter is told from a different character's point of view, and the action is pretty much non stop,

This book is labeled YA, but I would put it a little lower into what I wish were a real category- YYA (Younger Young Adult) There aren’t a ton of books for 7th and 8th grade kids to enjoy. Most MG is too young and a lot of YA has mature topics that they may not even be interested in yet. There is a great thread on Twitter about this.

Halo: Battle Born by Cassandra Rose Clarke

January 1, 2019