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Jan 12, 2016 - mysterious benedict society

Everyone knows Harry Potter and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but how many people know about the Mysterious Benedict Society? I certainly didn’t and my big kid certainly didn’t until we chatted with staff at our local bookstore. We’ve already read a number of Roald Dahl books and we were interested in extending our book choices but Harry Potter seemed a bit intense and mature for the time being.

The recommendation: the Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. If your child is between the ages of 9 – 12 years, this is one series that can’t be missed. – Continue Reading

Dec 15, 2015 - numbers book

Our home is full of books. Our entire family loves books and well, we buy them, we get them as gifts, and we also have a hard time parting with them. The other day, my daughter and I decided to dig through a few boxes of old books to see what we might be willing to donate.

Lo and behold, we stumbled upon this book that she loved when she was younger. This First Concepts book about numbers had all the features that make books fun and engaging for young toddlers. – Continue Reading

Dec 6, 2015 - mrs piggle wiggle

Hi there, folks. It’s me Jenny and I’m here to talk about one of my favourite books called “Mrs. Piggle Wiggle”. The main line is Mrs. Piggle Wiggle cures these children who have big problems. Some of the problems include never wanting to go to bed, taking too small of a bite while you’re eating, and never wanting to take a bath. Their parents usually call Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and then she comes up with a cure. So, they’re not huge problems but they’re funny because Mrs. Piggle Wiggle cures are the weirdest cures you’ve ever heard of. – Continue Reading

Sep 10, 2015 - inside out forget this book

Disney Pixar sure can hit some home runs. Their recent movie, Inside Out, was a favourite with my daughter. She loved that movie and we talked about it incessantly. Of course, that later lead to this: buying the ‘Inside Out Forget This!’ book.

I won’t go into full details about this book because that would ruin everything. The point of today’s post: we need more books like this!


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Sep 2, 2015 - owen and mzee book

Sometimes, books just touch you and humble you and remind you of what’s really important in life.

Owen and Mzee, two animals that under normal circumstances would likely have never become friends but yet, they did. Owen, a baby hippo without parents, and Mzee, a 130 year old giant tortoise come together in a time of struggle and strife. I mean, honestly, would you ever think the two would have become pals? – Continue Reading

Aug 28, 2015 - big bad detective agency book

During a recent trip to the bookstore, my big kid picked up this book by Bruce Hale titled, Big Bad Detective Agency. It is an incredibly witty and cheeky, featuring classic fairy tale characters that are nothing like the ones I grew up with.

In this book, you learn of a kingdom called Fairylandia and no, it’s really not like any other place you’ve heard of before. – Continue Reading

Aug 13, 2015 - merriam webster garfield dictionaryIt’s amazing what you can find when you least expect it. There I was at a book fair and I spot this: a GARFIELD dictionary!

Are you kidding me?!!??

I never even knew such a thing existed but this is by far the coolest dictionary I’ve ever seen. I grew up loving Garfield so this is an incredibly fascinating blast from my past. I mean, LOOK at it! It even has GARFIELD COMICS in it! – Continue Reading

Jul 26, 2015 pic - clueless in the kitchen book

It’s no secret, I’m not a great baker and I’m probably a decent cook at best. I cook for the family but would never arrive at a potluck with anything I’ve made on the stove. I’ll bake for potlucks but that’s about it.

Through thick and thin, there have been a few cookbooks in my life that just SPEAK to me. Over the years, I’ve tossed out a number of recipe books because they didn’t work for me but there are two books that I use all the time and I’ve had them since my early days (translation: pre-baby and maybe even pre-getting married) and they’re both from the same author: Evelyn Raab.

Evelyn Raab is a miracle worker.

I have two of Evelyn Raab’s recipe books: Clueless in the Kitchen and The Clueless Baker. Here’s what my copy of Clueless in the Kitchen looks like today. All things considered, the cover is still in pretty decent condition although the pages are quite well loved (translation: butter stains, folded corners, you know, that sort of thing). pic - clueless in the kitchen book


My copy of The Clueless Baker looks so much better. It isn’t as old as the other book but trust me, the pages are equally loved. - the clueless baker book

My daughter loves both books. She’s read them to the point where she’s actually memorized her favourite pages (the definitions are particularly funny)! Evelyn’s books are humourous and witty but most importantly, they make me want to bake and cook.

Well, there I was at the bookstore browsing through the cookbook section when a glimpse of a familiar book caught my eye. I couldn’t resist and yanked out the book. There it was: a fresh copy of Evelyn Raab’s Clueless in the Kitchen cookbook. pic - clueless in the kitchen book

I just stood there with that book in my hands and sighed. Yes, it says ‘a cookbook for teens’ and while I may not be a teen (and I wasn’t when I first bought this book), the recipes stand the test of time and age of the chef nouveau!

When you’re good, you’re good. What can I say?

This post is dedicated to Evelyn Raab: thank you for making recipe books for people like me. You take the intimidation out of cooking and baking. If it weren’t for your books, I’m pretty sure my child wouldn’t have fresh baked goods and home cooked meals to enjoy!

Reminder: this post was written by and for only and reflects the opinion of one wee small family. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at, know that I have not consented to having any part of this post (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. Practice ethical posting!

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Jul 23, 2015 - charlie and the chocolate factory pop up book

The Roald Dahl books are a big hit in our home. We’ve watched the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie with Gene Wilder a gazillion times and the novel is a staple in our home.

Recently, my big kid and I stumbled across this gem of a find: the Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book. I never even knew this version existed until we saw it sitting on the table waiting to be purchased. With illustrations from Quentin Blake, this book was a winner even before we opened it.

No joke, this Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book is a definite winner.

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Jul 16, 2015 pic - spiders 2015

My big kid read Charlotte’s Web a little while ago and really loved the book. It’s not an easy read partly because of the text used by E. B. White but mostly because of what happens in the end.

If you’ve read Charlotte’s Web you’ll know what happens in the end to Charlotte and you’ll realize how powerful a writer E.B. White is. I’m not a big fan of spiders by any means and yet by the end of this book I couldn’t help but get teary at the turn of events. It’s the cycle of life, I understand, but that didn’t make it any easier.

So, imagine my surprise to find this in our backyard – a real scene from Charlotte’s Web. pic - spiders 2015

I quickly called my daughter to come outside so she could see for herself. There they were, little baby Charlottes all getting comfortable in their new surroundings. You should have seen the look on my big kid’s face. Now, I have to confess, they weren’t in the best place so they had to be relocated but it was still a super cool moment to experience.

Things to do: if you haven’t yet read Charlotte’s Web, do so. If you read it a long time ago when you were young, read it again. Share it with your child and appreciate the subtleties you probably missed when you were young. Of course, some parts are a little dated now but the heart of the book holds true. Some books are just so good they withstand the test of time.

Reminder: this post was written by and for only. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at, know that I have not consented to having any part of this post (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. Practice ethical posting!

Copyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

© 2015 All Rights Reserved.