Release Event + Giveaway: On Thin Icing

 

Welcome to the release event for On Thin Icing by Ellie Alexander! This is the third book in the Bakeshop Mystery series and is now available!Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the treats are killer good.

It’s the dead of winter in the sleepy town of Ashland, which means no tourists-and fewer customers-for Jules Capshaw and her bakery. But when she’s asked to cater an off-season retreat for the directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, business starts heating up…until Jules finds a dead body in the freezer.

“An intriguing new series.”-Reader to Reader
Someone at the retreat has apparently iced the bartender, a well-known flirt with a legendary temper-that is, before a killer beat him to the punch. Then, from out of nowhere, Jules’s own ex-husband shows up at the shop-and soon becomes a suspect. With accusations piling up higher than the snow-and thicker than a chocolate mousse cake-Jules has to think outside the (recipe) box to find the real culprit…and make sure he gets his just desserts.

“A delectable tale of murder and intrigue.”-Portland Book Review on Meet Your Baker

Don’t miss out on the first two books!
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About the Author:
Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.

 
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GIVEAWAY:
Triple chocolate cookie mix, Alpine spiced cider, Collection of Stash teas, Collection of gourmet hot chocolates, Oxford tea towel, Signed copy of On Thin Icing
US only
Ends Jan. 19, 2016
Prizing provided by the author. Must be 13 or older and have parental permission if under 17. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win.

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Read This Round Up #63

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Welcome to Read This, a collection of book reviews and giveaways that were posted in the past week or so from around the web. This is a collection of book reviews & contests from real reviewers. If you want to be included in the next edition start with the guidelines, then use the submission form.

Want to read more reviews? Check out Read This for a list of the latest reviews and stellar reviewers. You can also follow on twitter for the latest round ups. Read This is now accepting photo submissions for each edition.


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Giveaway

Any book or preorder (retailer of your choice) up to $17

 

Sunday Post (December 27)

Sunday PostThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday funday, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

TWO DAYS!

The man flies back in two days. I pick him up at the airport on Tuesday before lunch. I am so excited! Baby and I have missed him terribly. You know, they really are right: absence makes the heart grow fonder (in certain circumstances, of course).

Meanwhile, Baby and I have had some adventures tromping around his house. Every night he has put on a light show for us in the dining room. 🙂 We are living in the world of technology, people!

My mom, youngest brother and I traveled to Marble Falls and Johnson City on Tuesday to see the lights.

 ~ Last Week  on G1000W ~

With Christmas this week, it was relatively quiet on the blog.

~ This Week on G1000W ~

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
    • Top Ten Tuesday ~ Most Anticipated 2016
  • Wednesday
    • WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
    • Feature Follow Friday ~ Book Excitement 2016

~ New Arrivals to Land of 1000 Wonders ~

It has been a loooooong time since I have done this section! Thank you, Ellie!

~ Open Giveaways ~

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Feature Follow Friday (December 25)

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This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

There are some general rules to the Feature Follow, and they have recently been updated. There are now TWO Featured Bloggers each week, one at Parajunkee’s View and one at Alison Can Read. It is required that you follow both of these Featured Bloggers, so make sure you stop in with both hosts’ posts to meet the Featured Bloggers and follow them.
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The Questions:

 

What was the best Christmas (or other holiday) gift you ever received? – Suggested by Alison Can Read

 

My Answer:

I don’t remember any Christmas gifts prior to age 10…or really any, for that matter. Being the oldest of four, Christmases were even slimmer as I got older.

To give context to the story below, my grandparents were married but had been separated all of my life. They lived 1/4 mile apart, and seemed to like it that way. 

In January 2003 my grandmother, who was my primary caregiver, passed away. That November, my grandfather told my three brothers and me that we would be getting a joint gift, and he wanted to know what we wanted. Of course, the boys all said they wanted the newest PlayStation.

Recently my uncle took our horse, Spider, to live permanently at his house. I really missed Spider. He was truly the best horse you could have. So, I asked for a horse. My brothers quickly vetoed my suggestion.

The week of Thanksgiving, my grandfather came up one evening to the house and insisted we all load up in his truck. He wouldn’t tell us what we were doing or where we were going. This was very out of character for him. My brothers, mother and I piled into his pristine ’95 GMC pickup. We took the short drive 1/4 mile to his house. He took us out into the pasture (which we used as a hay field) and just stopped. He flicked his highbeams.

At first, we didn’t know what was going on. Was there a coyote out there? Was PawPaw working on something new? Why was he showing it to us in the dark?

And then there was movement. 

Standing there in the realm of light was a leggy, red Chestnut. 

My Chestnut. A horse all for me. My grandfather had traveled to Mexico to a large ranch that was foreclosing, and had purchased the horse that he gifted me with. It was the most expensive and most important gift I’d ever received.

After my grandmother died, there were signs that my grandfather did indeed love her very much. The night she died, he sat in his car-shed the entire night, looking out on the land that they had built their home and life on. In the days following, he dug up her rosebushes and cut down her favorite tree so he wouldn’t look at them and be reminded of her each time. He bought me Red Lightening to cope with my grief. Red was more therapy for me than toy.

They say that horses form stronger bonds with women than they do with men, and I swear that horse knew. He knew everything. He would let me wrap my arms round his neck and sob into his mane, and he’d stand stock still and just let me. 

 

What has been your best Christmas gift? Leave me a comment about anything! 

WWW Wednesdays (December 23)

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This is a weekly meme hosted hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading? 

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I started reading the first few chapters of The Sound of the Stones. This will be a review for January.

The ancient book about the past holds the key to the future. Frankie is the key.

She doesn’t remember stopping at the used bookstore, but there she stands as if drawn by an unseen force. Anticipation wraps around her like a cocoon. When she opens the door, the wind nudges her through, and expectancy turns to purpose. The man inside, and the book he offers, changes everything. Unusual things happen when she begins to read:

In a time long forgotten, people are held captive by half human creatures. Ashra holds a secret close to her heart, and must discover the purpose of her gift before the oppressed human race is destroyed. An unlikely ally comes to her aid. Strangers bring her a message from a far off land. Ashra and her band of misfits set off in search of answers. Together, they find love, uncover mysteries from the past, face ever present danger, and hone powers they never knew they had.

Frankie and Ashra are separated by millennia, by fiction and reality, but in the end the barrier shatters.


 What did you just finish reading?

I read a lot this past week. Or rather, I stayed up all night one night and read two books. All of them are really good! The theme apparently was mysteries…

On Thin Icing and Level Up will both review in January, on back-to-back days the first week.

The Frankie Duponts I have already reviewed here and here.


 What do you think you’ll read next?

All of these are January reads. The first two are for tours on back-to-back days, so I will be working like crazy to get them read and reviewed quickly this week. My aim is to read a book a day.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.

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Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

I read the Harry Potter series two years ago through the Kindle Lending Library. Now I want my own copies!

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I also want the Little House series box set.

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That’s it. I will be happy with these 16 books. 🙂

Review: Frankie Dupont and High Seas Heist

25820644Title: Frankie Dupont and High Seas Heist
Author: Julie Anne Grasso
Publisher: Independent
Release Date: July 2015
Length: 148 pages
Series?: Frankie Dupont Mysteries #4
Genre: Children’s, Mystery

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

Frankie Dupont seems to catch odd-ball cases in the most unlikely places. You would think he would be used to it by now.  When his next case lands him on a luxury cruise liner full of devious chocolatiers with ulterior motives, Frankie will be expected to solve the crime, even before it’s committed.  Although his mind is certainly up for the challenge, Frankie realises his stomach is yet to find its sea legs.

***** Review *****

The Skinny

The Duponts are celebrating Fankie and his father’s birthdays at Enderby Manor when they open a mysterious package sent by Madame Marie Fontaine with four VIP cruise passenger tickets and four airline tickets for the entire family to come to her aid. The original plan changes change, and Mr. Dupont sets off to Antarctica with Frankie, Kat, Amy and Sherlock. When they arrive, no one is more surprised than Frankie to see Inspector Cluesome sitting on Madame Marie’s couch, let alone the tale they are about to tell of a suspected robbery about to occur. It turns out Madame Marie’s granddaughter also has her own reasons for calling Frankie and his dog to the ship.

The Players

Frankie Dupont

Sherlock – Frankie’s canine companion and investigative pal

Kat – Frankie’s cousin; friend’s with Amy; on Frankie’s investigative team

Amy – Kat’s friend; Angus & Archie’s sister; also part of Frankie’s investigative team

Mr. Dupont – Frankie’s father; a very thorough investigator

Madame Marie Fontaine – a wealthy woman who owns a cruise ship; reaches out to the Duponts for help

Madeline – Madame Marie’s granddaughter; she has a secret reason for wanting Frankie on the case

Vincent – a new employee on the cruise ship

Inspector Cluesome – an inspector from the Dupont’s hometown; involved in several of Frankie’s previous cases

Emmaline Legrand – a notorious thief and chocolatier; suspected of making a soon-to-be hit on the Fontaine family fortune

Hugh Legrand – brother of Emmaline; also a chocolatier

The Quote

“On the contrary, madam.” Cluesome stroked his mustache. ” I personally will vouch for the lad and lasses, and for what you plan for us to undertake, it’ll be a good idea to have some little eyes and ears on the ground.”

The Highs and Lows

  • + Plot. What more elaborate scheme to pull off than a high-stakes robbery on none other than a cruise ship? It’s incredibly hard to steal such a delicate item in a highly public and visible situation. And that is exactly what Frankie, his dad, and the investigative crew are there to prevent. Madeline’s story, the reason she has called Frankie, Kat, Amy and Sherlock to the ship, is also intertwined. As Inspector Cluesome and Mr. Dupont investigate the case for Madame Marie Fontaine, Frankie and his team investigate the case for Madeline.
  • + Inspector Cluesome. Inspector Cluesome has never been nice to Frankie, and yet he has an about face in this installment. While Madame Marie is dead set against something, Cluesome surprisingly swoops in support of Frankie. Perhaps the man has something to him after all.
  • + Sherlock. Sherlock steals the show in this installment. He is all over the place, and might as well be Kat’s lap dog when all is said and done, yet he saves the day!
  • – Madame Marie Fontaine. The wealthy chocolatier is very blunt, almost to the point of insulting and impolite. The way that she treats Frankie is one thing, and then the way she treats her own graddaughter is an entirely other.
  • + Vincent. Vincent, the brand new employee, is a minor character. However, he is very helpful and loyal to Madeline without question. He naturally picks up this role. He covers for her and helps her without expecting or asking anything in return.
  • + Frankie. Frankie is in his prime in this installment. His work on Madeline’s case is very heartwarming. Given the limitations they are working with on the cruise ship, it still seems that he is firing on all cylinders and going above and beyond.
  • + Madeline. Madeline is incredibly sweet, but a very pressured little girl. She is always doing “schoolwork” and has such a big responsibility on her hands. I don’t blame her for going behind her grandmother’s back.
  • + Stakeout! The stakeout cropped up naturally. The girls were talking and something clicked and the stakeout on deck was born. Who doesn’t like stakeouts?

The Take-Away

The plot of this installment was a quite elaborate, much like the first two books in the series. I was instantly drawn in. Who wouldn’t be with a high-stakes heist about to go down? And in such an isolated locale to boot. But it was when Madeline started sharing her case for Frankie and team to investigate that I knew something either amazing or disastrous was going to happen. I liked that Frankie, Kat and Amy were so willing to help Madeline solve her case and all the efforts they put into it. The fact that they were foiled over and over again just made it that much more angsty.

Recommendation – Buy, Borrow or Skip? 

If you’re not up for buying, definitely borrow. This is not one you want to skip!

***** About the Author *****

With a background in paediatric nursing, Julie Anne Grasso spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories to entertain them. A science fiction nerd (she even owns a TARDIS), cupcake enthusiast and lover of all things mystery, she lives in Melbourne with her husband Danny and their little girl Giselle. Most days she can be found sipping chai tea and dreaming up wonderful worlds that often involve consumption of cupcakes.

Find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Review: Frankie Dupont and The Science Fair Sabotage

Title: Frankie Dupont and The Science Fair Sabotage
Author: Julie Anne Grasso
Publisher: Independent
Release Date: May 2015
Length: 134 pages
Series?: Frankie Dupont Mysteries #3
Genre: Children’s, Mystery

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

Frankie Dupont is less than impressed when he has to attend the Sustainable Science Fair with Kat and Amy. Upon his arrival, he learns that Amy’s brothers have had their robotics chip stolen. Keen to recover the chip, Frankie questions the kids in the competition, but everyone seems to have a motive. When baffling clues start rolling in via “Snap-Goss” instant messages, Frankie realises it will take all of his detective muscles to solve this case. An illustrated mystery for ages 8-12.

 

***** Review *****

The Skinny

There are a wealth of inventors and science geeks convening in town, more specifically at Enderby Manor, which Frankie is very familiar with. For the kids the prize is a whopping $300 and tickets to the science camp. For the adults, who have come from all over, the prize is a $50,000 grant to begin production on their invention. The bar is set high and the ante is up. Everyone has a motive for murder and misconduct – of a science fair project. Frankie, paired up with his dog Sherlock, cousin Kat, and friend Amy, must solve the mysterious disappearance of Angus and Archie’s robot microchip so they will not be disqualified. It’s not easy when the twins have played semi-serious pranks

The Players

Frankie Dupont

Sherlock – Frankie’s dog; his investigative pal

Kat – Frankie’s cousin; friend’s with Amy; on Frankie’s investigative team

Amy Appleby – Kat’s friend; Angus & Archie’s sister; also part of Frankie’s investigative team

Angus & Archie – Amy’s younger twin brothers who are entering their robot in the science fair; their project has been sabotaged and their microchip stolen

Colonel Forsythe – Enderby Manor concierge; retired Special Forces

Ms. Chestnut – a teacher; in charge of the science fair

Mr. Mulberry – a teacher; in charge of the science fair

The Suspects

  • Rodney Butterworth – fellow contestant with a soda can violin with a string-tuning security device; broke up the fight between Angus & Archie, who mistuned his violin at a recital
  • Heather Chapman – fellow contestant with a balloon recycling service that turns balloon remnants into Recyc-bling jewelry; had karate boards glued together by the twins at a tournament
  • Joseph Fishburne – fellow contestant with some magician’s tricks up his sleeve and a stroke-ometer for swimming ; did not make it onto the swim squad due to the twins disrupting his time clock at swim trials
  • Harrison Danbury – fellow contestant with edible “Legos” made from Stevia plants
  • Nakano Riku – fellow contestant with cloned salmon, turned blue thanks to the twins

The Quote

“You’re always going on about fashion and karate, and Jason Buber, that kid that sings as though he has two X chromosomes.” He chuckled at his own joke.

The Highs and Lows

  • + Parodies. Snap-Gross…Jason Buber…So perfectly placed. I know what Julie Ann thinks of these two things…
  • + Enderby Manor. A return to a previous case site, one that Frankie and Kat are well familiar with. This also brings back a host of characters from the first book (at least those who are still employed at the manor).
  • + Double Trouble. The twins, Angus and Archie, are not always on the same page, adding to or creating more conflict, despite their dire circumstances. They have also sprung spoofs on all of their fellow science fair competitors, making it hard to eliminate motives.
  • – Amy. Each time another of the twins’ pranks were revealed, Amy acted aghast that her younger brothers would behave so. Anyone who has siblings knows exactly how their siblings behave, both at home and in public, and this should not have been a recurring shock each time a prank was uncovered. It just didn’t ring true to the authenticity of their familial relationship.
  • – Plot Development. I feel this installment was not fully developed in terms of plot. It felt like the plot was extremely simple for a mystery, leaving very little anticipation to be built up in the story arc. Judging by the writing, I would expect this to be the first book in the series, not the third.

The Take-Away

The twins are hilarious. Each time a new “suspect” reveals how the twins have sabotaged them in some way, they always enthusiastically scream that the new suspect is the thief. At one point, one of the twins even tries to high five a competitor who said the twins’ attempt to ruin their project actually helped the project along. They think everything is fun and games until they are wronged in some way, but they are also very good-natured about things at the same time. It’s an odd mix, and since they seem so…removed (is that the right word?) it makes things even funnier.

Recommendation – Buy, Borrow or Skip? 

This installment did not have me as excited as the previous two, so for this reason I recommend borrowing.

 

***** About the Author *****

With a background in paediatric nursing, Julie Anne Grasso spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories to entertain them. A science fiction nerd (she even owns a TARDIS), cupcake enthusiast and lover of all things mystery, she lives in Melbourne with her husband Danny and their little girl Giselle. Most days she can be found sipping chai tea and dreaming up wonderful worlds that often involve consumption of cupcakes.

Find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Sunday Post (December 20)

Sunday PostThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday funday, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Wanna know why I have felt so exhausted these last few weeks?

Let’s try double ear infection AND upper respiratory infection! I have been battling the ear infections for two weeks, post-flu shot mind you, without even knowing I had them. My great new doctor (the one who got the ball rolling on my GI issues earlier this year) is sending me to an ENT and audiologist because this is a historical problem with me, as well as an allergist.

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I got a steroid shot, steroid meds, and a super duper allergy med to take in combination with the allergy pill I’m already taking and Nasacort. Miracle Doctor, y’all.

The man left last Sunday. Baby and I took him to the airport to fly up north to be with his family. When he was packing his suitcase, she sat on top of it. When we got to the airport, she tried to run in after him. She loves him so much! It is going to be a tough 16 days.

Also, the new joke is: Let’s go look at Christmas lights! The day before flying out, the man wanted to take me to the shooting range. Surprisingly, in Texas there aren’t that many in our area. We went to two and they were overflowing with hours waitlist. On the hour-plus drive back home, my contribution was to go look at Christmas lights.

Five minutes later I was passed out on the police man boyfriend’s super hunky guns. The ones that can carry me, not shoot deadly explosives. He’s not going to let me live that one down…

OH!! AAND! The debt with the ex-fiancé is paid off! Done! My credit union also approved my personal loan to consolidate the remainder of my debt that has compounded from paying for two households last year. AND then my amazingly wonderful credit union loan officer said, “Uh, by the way, we can do so much better on your Jeep.” And he drew up the papers. I’ve compared it to national interest rates for a loan with half the lifetime as mine, and my CU still beat the interest rate by nearly .75%. Booo-ya!

Oh, and no, I haven’t forgotten about Jeff Anderson. I just haven’t had any time this week. I promise next week I’ll reveal all Jeff Anderson…and maybe my Christmas surprises! (Ahem, presents.)

And the last, and better be last, is that I got to tell my know-it-all-about-animals friend that I did, indeed, have RATS in my house after I made her be in charge of disposing of the first “mouse” caught in the trap. I will not scar you for life with the decapitated blue rat we found…which means there are more. I am displaced from my house for the entire holiday until after new year. The landlord had better get it right this time. Most recently I discovered they had eaten my candles in the bedroom and living room, meaning they are not localized to the kitchen anymore. Can you tell I’m not a happy camper about all this? Meanwhile, the man is enjoying peeking in on Baby and me in his house via the home security cameras, turning on lights for us, etc. It’s kinda fun. 🙂

 ~ Last Week  on G1000W ~

~ This Week on G1000W ~

  • Monday
    • Review ~ Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage
  • Tuesday
    • Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving…
    • Review ~ Frankie Dupont and the High Seas Heist
  • Wednesday
    • WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
    • Feature Follow Friday ~ ?

~ Open Giveaways ~

Review: The Ant Thief

26725128Title: The Ant Thief
Author: Gita V. Reddy
Release Date: October 2015
Length: 28 pages
Series?: Bed Time Tales #2
Genre: Children’s

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

Noira the Ant wears a diamond ring and tells everyone a king gifted it to her for bravery. She becomes famous as the Great Traveller Ant. But the truth is something different. Noira is a thief. Will the other ants learn the truth? What will Noira do if they find out?

The Ant Thief is a Read Aloud bed time story kids will enjoy. It is also suitable for children starting to discover books and stories. Recommended for ages 3-7.

 

Gita Reddy is giving away a free ebook each day!

It’s like the 12 Days of Christmas! Except…free books! 

Check them out here!

 

***** Review *****

The Skinny

Noira is only one of thousands and thousands of ants who all face the same problem. There is a thief taking their best food! As an ant who hates to work, she dallies all day singing songs and whistling tunes. When Noira is chastised by anyone, she steals from them! Noira is the Ant Thief and no one knows. In fact, others want Noira to help them catch the Ant Thief!

Noira goes on adventures and uses her stolen treasures to help her, until one day she is stuck in a sticky situation. She learns a very important lesson afterward!

The Players

Noira – a strong, black ant who lives in an anthill

She stole a diamond ring and told everyone it was a gift from a king, for bravery. It made her famous in the Land of Insects, as Great Traveller Ant. Everyone praised her, and admired her. They told her she must help them catch the Ant Thief. 

The Quote

She ran so fast that she dropped the ring. But she did not look for it. She ran all the way to her anthill.

The Highs and Lows

  • – Noira. She is so mean! She doesn’t do any work to help her fellow ants and maintain her anthill. How can she not be exiled? She needs to do her part to help! Then, when other ants make comments about her not doing anything to help, she steals from them! How does she have any friends? I wouldn’t want to be her friend!
  • + The magic cloth. Noira acquires a magic cloth, very similar to Harry’s Invisibility Cloak. Who wouldn’t want one of these? Unfortunately, she steals it, too.
  • – The diamond ring. Noira shows this thing off like it’s her lifelong accomplishment, which I guess it is if she is renowned as The Traveller Ant in the Land of Insects…but how does the owner not hear about this famous person suddenly having a diamond ring?
  • + Moral of the story. After Noira narrowly escapes her sticky situation, and losing both of her most valuable (stolen) items, she is very ashamed of the way others talked directly to her about her behavior as the Ant Thief. She learns a lesson from her sneaky underhandedness, and begins contributing as an Ant Worker.

The Take-Away

I liked the illustrations of Noira. Her facial expressions matched up so perfectly to the words. She definitely has a superior look and attitude.

Recommendation – Buy, Borrow or Skip? 

Buy! This is a cute book to enjoy over and over again and a great starter for beginning readers.

***** About the Author *****

Gita V.Reddy is a writer of fiction for middle-graders and adults. She enjoys thinking up tales of different genres. She has written mysteries, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, and even an animal tale for children.

She wrote and illustrated her first picture book for kids in August, 2015. She plans to write a few more because the experience was very satisfying.

Ms Reddy was born in India, is a post graduate in Mathematics, worked in a bank for twenty-six years, is married to a physics professor, has a son doing research in neuro-electronics, and loves literature. Yes, her life is as mixed up as the multiple genres she writes.

She enjoys painting and spending time with her family, and LOVES walking in the rain.

She also writes under the name Heera Datta.

Find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads