I really loved Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. So, when I was invited to be one of the volunteers on my libraries Facebook edition of What Should I Read? I knew that I would talk about this book.
It was a book that I couldn’t put down till I finished it. Thought-provoking, emotional, and interesting, this book was exactly what I needed. I know that some of you will shy away from this genre but if the synopsis or the conversation spikes your interest, check the book out, what have you got to lose. You might just find yourself another genre to love.
One of the other books brought to the table, I have on my TBR pile and the other two really sound interesting. I would love to read the BIG book but wow, that would take me forever!
I had a great time with this opportunity and I would love to do it again.
I don’t read that many Sci Fi books or movies but on vacation this vessel caught my eye. It looked like something out of a science fiction book, I was fascinated by it. I could not for the life of me, take my eyes off it. It looked like a hodge podge of miscellaneous items put together to make a boat. I know, I get excited about strange things 🙂
I saw this while walking on the beach on vacation in Mexico and I had to stop and watch it. We didn’t see anyone aboard it and I went back a couple times that day and it was still there. It was actually there for the three days, I had to check. I finally approached a man, who was walking up along a resort’s fenced-in area and he informed me that he didn’t speak English but I tried to ask him anyway, what that thing was in the water and what I could understand was, that it had something to do with the seaweed from the ocean. They do have an issue with the seaweed in the ocean washing up on the beaches there. I’ll have to do more investigating on that.
It was cover love that brought me to this book. After reading the synopsis, I knew that I had to read it. I was amazed how short this book was, yet the story had everything that I was looking for. Yetu needed to find her own life for the honor that was bestowed upon her was difficult.
She was the chosen one. Yetu was chosen to be the historian of her people. You would think, that being selected out of everyone else would be a blessing, yet to Yetu, this wasn’t. To be elected as the historian, Yetu wore this title like a weight. It dragged her down, deeper than she could handle.
As the historian, Yetu collected all the memories of the Wajinru people. Yetu’s job was to hold onto these memories so that they wouldn’t be forgotten throughout the years.
As I read about this, I thought about letting go of my own memories. Imagine, letting go of your memories, can you function? I think my day would be carefree and cold as I feel that my memories play a huge role in who I am and how I function and react each day. I wonder who I would be without my memories.
Now, think about Yetu. She carries all the memories of her people. The good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. What a gift and what a burden to know so much information. Yetu knows that being a historian is too much for her but what can she do, she was chosen and she has all the memories?
Yetu is late. The time for the Remembrance has passed and the Wajinru people are restless. Yetu must perform the Remembrance for them and give them the reassurance they need but more importantly, this event will give her some peace. I was hoping that Yetu would talk to the Wajinru and explain her situation, she was in a position of power, they would listen, wouldn’t they?
I really enjoyed this novel. I became a part of Yetu’s journey as she learns more about herself and the Wajinru. I enjoyed the flow of the book and the historical aspects used within it. I am hoping there will be more of this story.
I received an advanced copy of this book from Saga Press in exchange for an honest review.
I love cats and I’ve been looking at these graphic novels for
a while now. The CatStronauts are just
what they sound like, cats who are astronauts.
Weird, yes but feasible in a kid-friendly world. I enjoyed all the subtle cat references, the friendships,
the easy flow of this graphic novel, and their adventure.
In this mission, Pom Pom is finished helping colonize Mars and
is now meeting up with his team on the Space Station. The team will now try to repair
the Hubba Bubba Telescope. Sounds easy enough for the CatStronauts until transmission
problems arise and they can’t talk to ground control. They discover that meteor showers are causing
all the interference. The problems just
continue for the team as they try to fix one problem after another, until they
discover that if they don’t act quickly, destruction on a massive scale is in
“What the fish is going on?!” These references were just
part of the text, which made me smile as I read this book. References to the kitty box, tuna, kitties,
etc., caught my attention, although there really weren’t a whole lot of them. I felt that they added to the charm of the
book and to the characters, themselves.
This graphic novel had a good flow to it. There was enough action to keep me engaged
and the illustrations were detailed and they complemented to the story. I’m often asked what would be a great graphic
novel to give to a young child and I think this one would fit the bill. It’s a great child’s graphic novel for any
level, I believe. I’m going to pick up
other books in this series to see what these cats are up to.
Ha! This children’s book is just like I remembered
the movie to be, only in a condensed form.
What a fun book!
talks about his home life and about his best friend, Doc. He discusses the time
machine, how he test-drove it and ended up in 1955. Whoops! With no plutonium (not invented yet), Marty
had to find his way back home by looking for a younger version of his friend
Doc, and convincing him that he needed help getting back home to 1985. It’s a good thing that Marty remembered that lightening
was going to strike the clock tower soon, for that would come in handy. Doc could rig up something using that electricity
to get Marty back to the future.
been in 1955 only a short time but he was causing quite a stir. He now had problems that he needed to address
with his parents, who were now teenagers and if he couldn’t get that back to
normal, his future would be wiped out.
It’s a blast
from the past with this book as Back to the Future is presented in this Pop Classic
book. Kim Smith does it again with her outstanding
illustrations that will definitely grab your attention. With vivid colors and stunning details, these
illustrations will leave a smile on your face.
It’s another wonderful book from Pop Classics.
There is nothing like a sleepover outside to get your imagination
going and that is exactly what happens in this book, which is a classic on The
X Files: Earth Children Are Weird. All outdoor
noises can be explained by everyday events, right?
This is an enjoyable and lively story which begins with two
young children (Dana and Fox)camping outside, in the backyard, inside a tent.
Fox definitely looks scared after hearing Dana read to him the book, The X
Files. Fox begins to question all the noises that he hears outside their
tent. Dana tries to reason with Fox,
explaining that aliens aren’t real and as they venture out into the yard, she
tells him that things look different outside because its dark. It sounds like a great explanation but when
Dana gets spooked too, they all take off running into the house where they
think they’re going to be safe.
I enjoyed looking at the illustrations for they felt like they’d
pop right off the page. Bright colors, crisp
details and the facial expressions were fantastic. The story is told by using speech balloons as
each character talks and by using various onomatopoeias throughout the book. It
really is a fun book to look at and the language is easy to read so children
will be able to read it on their own in no time. The ending is super cute.
With a flash of light, he was gone, teleported to the
horrible, ravaged planet Earth! I had a wonderful, hilarious time reading this
children’s book. It wasn’t just my love
of cats that made this book entertaining, it was Klawde and his witty
descriptions that stole the show. As Klawde described living amongst us
carnivorous ogres, he couldn’t believe that Raj didn’t realize Klawde was the greatest
feline warlord to walk the universe.
Raj had problems of his own. They had just moved to Oregon and
Raj didn’t know a soul. When the wet cat
showed up on his doorstep, his parents told Raj that he could keep him, if he
went to Nature Camp. Little did Raj know
that Klawde was a talking warlord that had big plans which would involve him and
that this “Nature Camp” was actually a survival camp.
It was Klawde, the warlord and his supreme view that cracked
me up throughout the novel. When gifted
with a scratching post, Klawde wondered if it was a sculpture. What was up with the fake, fluffy animals
that they tried to get Klawde to attack and kill, was this their idea of
military training or just cat toys? What about the human who tried to spear
Klawde in the neck? Klawde wants to return home to his planet and seek revenge
on those who teleported him to Earth but first, he must find a way to get there.
Raj has always wanted a cat yet I don’t think he was ready
for Klawde. Raj becomes part of Klawde’s
mission and tries to help him accomplish his task which of course, is funny. He
thought he had a cool cat once he learns Klawde can talk but will he talk for
anyone else? Raj has some issues at camp
and talks to Klawde about them but unfortunately, Klawde behaves like a cat
most of the time, when Raj wants any kind of a response.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked Klawde’s imagination,
his wit, and I liked his determination.
I liked the friendship the two of them had. I liked how the author alternated
the views from Klawde to Raj, on each chapter, as I believe that it allowed the
reader to see both sides of the story and made the book wittier and amusing. I
liked this book so much I picked up book 2 from the library last night. It was a fun and entertaining.
It was just the six of the them out driving around when it
all began. Nick noticed something strange
by the bridge and Levi thought he saw it too but they ignored it. They had more important things to attend to, for
their time together was coming to an end. They had a few episodes to film
before summer was over.
The abandoned house was perfect. Its legacy left some of the
cast members tense as they began filming.
Unexpectedly, out of nowhere, the night sky is lit up and the group finds
the sky streaked with bright lights. It
seems to be a meteor shower. As fast as it started, the lights stop. The sky goes
dark. There’s noise. Loud noise. The group
tries to understand, exactly what that noise is. There was a rough-scratching sound, like
grinding metal which ended with a loud explosion.
Using their flashlights, the group races towards the sound,
only to find their dog nearby and the most usual sight that they could image. As
Levi records the image with his camera, the group tries to make sense of what they
So, what was this thing they found that night? Why do The Ordinary’s feel different after that
night? After the group posts their video on the internet, it seems everyone has
their own opinion of what it is and what they should be doing.
The characters and the town have had a lot of misfortune which
played a part in this novel. It’s not a depressing novel but an important part
of the novel. I thought the mystery element of the story was fun. I felt like I
was going one way with the story yet I was waiting for something else to come along
and change the story. This was a unique
book and the ending was not what I expected.
It was an entertaining read and one that I was glad that I read.