Friday, March 22, 2013

Pet Projects: Knowledge Sharing Assists Finches as They Discover A Luscious Treasure

Hi!

Stanley and I hope you have had a wonderful week and that your weekend ahead is happy and fun.




Our Week in Review:
Thank you for reading and sharing,



Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge
www.StanleyAndKatrina.com

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Meet Our Author This Saturday: Book Signing

Hi, all!


Neighbor girl will be signing books this Saturday at the North Coventry Elementary Craft Show! Come see Stanley's dog house, meet the author and have your book signed. 


Saturday March 23, 2013
9am to 3pm
Over 70 Crafters and Vendors
Food-Baked Goods-Raffles
Free Kids Krafts
Free Admission/Parking
North Coventry Elem. School
475 Kemp Road, Pottstown

Proceeds benefit NC PTA to aid funding for field trips





We would love to see you there,



Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge

Book Review: Fantastic Picture Book with Giveaway!!!


Photo courtesy of Airigami
Title: And He Puffed
An inflated story of the Three Little Pigs

Authors : Larry Moss & Kelly Cheatle

Publisher: Limited Kickstarter Edition

Year Published: 2013
Description (from back cover): Squeal with delight at a classic tale! Artists Larry Moss & Kelly Cheatle breathe new life into the story of the Three Little Pigs with their unique balloon illustrations. Follow the pigs as they work together to learn the merits of a job well done.

Review: 
First, I need to come clean. I am a recovering balloon artist. It isn't like I need to attend meetings or anything but there are days where  I miss creating amazing things out of a piece of latex. Sound crazy? Yep. I've been called that before. No biggie. ANYWAY... almost two years ago, Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle created the Once Upon a Time Kickstarter Project. I happily became one of their sponsors. Take a visit to their site to witness what motivated me at the time. 

Great news! The project was fully funded and just this month, I received my two copies of their  limited Kickstarter edition book, "And He Puffed." The artistry in the illustrations (do I call them that?) are mind-blowing. My favorite detail is the varied expressions of the pigs throughout the story. The mix of balloons and computer graphic backgrounds make a perfect combination. 

We all know the story, so there are no major surprises there. However, this story leaves out the chimney descent and rids the pigs of the wolf in a more fitting manner. The text works very well with narration and rhyming dialogue from the characters. 

Below is our favorite page (excuse my poor camera quality). 



Actually, my daughter picked these pages out right away as her favorites. I was surprised at first, but then noting the details in this page, I understood. The little houses are teeny tiny balloons inflated with just enough air to pump them up a tad. Beautiful work. 

A few of my daughter's friends were over this week and all were drawn to the book just by seeing the cover. 

This fun and beautiful picture book easily gets 5 stars out of 5 balloontastic stars from me and I am thrilled to have a copy to give away to one lucky reader. (See below)

Read? Yes.

Ages? All ages.

Where to Purchase the Book: This is the unfortunate part. You cannot purchase this book as of right now. The authors are in talks with publishers and until a deal is worked out, the only copies of this book are the 100 limited edition Kickstarter copies that were made. The super cool news is that yours truly has TWO of these limited edition copies and I'm giving one of them away right here. This is a signed copy of And He Puffed and is open to US and Canadian residents. Yay!!!  Join the rafflecopter giveaway below to participate. 

Notes: Be sure to visit their website to see the amazing projects they have led and to read about where else you may have seen their work. How many people are able to boast about appearing at the White House, doing a Tedx talk and being a Guinness World Record holder? Mr. Moss can. 

Connect with the Author Online:
Join the Airigami email list (The best way to find out when And He Puffed is available!)

Official Disclosure: I received these Limited Kickstarter Edition copes of And He Puffed from backing the Once Upon a Time project.  I received no monetary or in-kind compensation for my honest review.

The Reviewer: Hi! I am a homeschooling mother to one precocious tween daughter. Most of my reading consists of preparatory reading for upcoming history, math, science, geography, literature, (you get the idea) lessons. However, sometimes I am lucky enough to fit in a book just for fun and will review these "fun" books for my dear friends, Stanley and Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge. You may call me Neighbor Girl's Mom or Cool Mom. 


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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Book Review: Equestrian Mystery Book for All Ages

Hello, my human friend!
Quicksand - The Mysterious Disappearance of Dakotaroo (The Adventures of Dakotaroo)
Thanks to Cool Mom for providing us with another guest book review post. 

~Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge (and Stanley)

Title: Quicksand - The Mysterious Disappearance of Dakotaroo

Series: The Adventures of Dakotaroo

Author : Krista Michelle Breen

Publisher: Groundskeeper's Cottage Press

Year Published: 2012
Description (from Amazon): The first in Krista Michelle Breen's bestselling Canadian series, T.J. Thompson's world gets thrown upside down when her beloved Appaloosa Dakotaroo mysteriously disappears into the fog.

Review: 
Quicksand: The Mysterious Disappearance of Dakotaroo is a fun and easy read. Horse lovers will fall in love with this series. Those of you unfamiliar with the equestrian terms used throughout the story, this book will give you a great jumping off point for learning about the life of an equestrian. For me, it brought me back to my teenage years of horseback riding.  

T.J. and her horse, Dakotaroo (Roo), have a touchingly close bond. When Roo disappears one  foggy morning, T. J. is forced to face the fact that her horse has been stolen. 

Just when you think the story is about to wrap up, a whole new adventure begins! When T.J. eventually finds Dakotaroo, she begins to wonder if bringing her stolen horse home right away is the best course of action. What? Is she crazy? Maybe not. Mickey Skyhouse, a boy with a sad back story changes T.J.'s tune a bit. Yep, just a teeny tiny hint of romance, nothing more. 


T.J., her best friend Arienne and Mickey prove to be a productive team in the end.

I happily give this book five stars out of five. 

On a non-book note, I adore Krista's blog. Just take a look at 25 Nerdy Things About Krista and  Dead Dog Township(It's Kinda Famous). Fun information!

Clean Read? Yes.

Ages? 8+ independently. Younger ages may enjoy being read this story.

Where to Purchase the Book: Hop on over to Amazon to Purchase Quicksand Now on Kindle or in Print.

Connect with the Author Online:
Krista Michelle Breen's Blog
Dakotaroo's Facebook Page
Dakotaroo's Twitter Account
Follow Krista on Goodreads


The Reviewer: Hi! I am a homeschooling mother to one precocious tween daughter. Most of my reading consists of preparatory reading for upcoming history, math, science, geography, literature, (you get the idea) lessons. However, sometimes I am lucky enough to fit in a book just for fun and will review these "fun" books for my dear friends, Stanley and Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge. You may call me Neighbor Girl's Mom or Cool Mom. 


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