Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway: Pants! No Chance! by Susan Lanyi

Book Synopsis:
Lulupop rarely puts up a fuss, except when it comes to wearing pants. Dresses, dresses, dresses, is all she will ever wear! With time, a little drama, and no lack of imagination, Lulupop realizes that wearing dresses is not always the best choice. 

My Review:   
Before I was a blogger and vintage bookseller, I taught 3 and 4 year olds at a play-based preschool.  Each year there were always a couple of little girls who wanted to wear their prettiest dresses to school.  I always reminded parents that we would be fingerpainting, going to the playground, decorating cookies, planting flower seeds - and pants were practical for active play.  I wish that Pants! No Chance! had been in my classroom library.  It would have been a great read aloud to share.

Pants! No Chance! is a charming picture book for young children.  Lulupop wants to wear a dress to school every day, although her mother suggests that pants might be more appropriate.  Because of this, Lulupop finds riding a bike difficult, cannot participate in gym, and scrapes her knees on the playground.  Young readers will find out how she decides that it might not be such a bad idea to wear pants to school.

The storytelling in this book is fun and lively.  A week in Lulupop's school life is presented with details about each day.  The drama and school adventures will make for a great read aloud at home or in a classroom.

The illustrations by Alexandre Rouillard are charming.  The colors are bright and vivid, and the pictures help advance the story.

I would recommend this book for preschool children or early readers (kindergarten to first grade).  It would be a fun book to read at home, but also a nice addition to a school library.

Author's Bio:

Susan Lanyi lives in Montreal with her husband, three children and puppy. She is a writer and has previously been published in The Globe and Mail. When Susan is not busy writing or doing "mom stuff" she is shopping for dresses with her daughter….Too bad her daughter only wants to wear pants!
Connect with Susan: Website ~ Twitter


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Book Blitz and Giveaway: Wish by Grier Cooper

by Grier Cooper


For Indigo Stevens, ballet classes at Miss Roberta's ballet studio offer the stability and structure that are missing from her crazy home life. At almost16, she hopes this is the year she will be accepted into the New York School of Ballet. First she must prove she's ready, and that means ignoring Jesse Sanders - the cute boy with dimples who is definitely at the top of Miss Roberta's List of Forbidden Things for Dancers.

But Jesse is the least of Indigo's concerns. When she discovers her mom is an alcoholic, it simultaneously explains everything and heaps more worry on Indigo's shoulders. As her mom's behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Indigo fights to maintain balance, protect her younger brothers from abuse, and keep her mother from going over the edge. When the violence at home escalates, Indigo realizes she can no longer dance around the issue. At the risk of losing everything, she must take matters into her own hands before it's too late.

I hold the barre lightly with my left hand and begin moving when the music starts. It's the same music I've heard in every ballet class I've taken for the past ten years. We always start with pliés.

My knees bend in time to the music: demi plié, demi plié, grand plié. My
body moves through the positions while my mind replays the scene in the car.  The image of my mother's uvula is stuck in my brain.

"Indigo, where is your focus this morning?" Miss Roberta's voice pulls me back into the present moment. I glance in front of me at Marlene's feet and realize I'm in the wrong position. I shake my head to clear it. Go away, Mom. This is the one place where I get away from you - even if it's only for an hour and a half.

Compared to the rest of my life, ballet classes are refreshingly orderly and predictable. Barre exercises always follow the same routine. Do everything that works the right leg, then turn and repeat everything with the left.

We move through the barre exercises. Every beat of the music dictates what comes next. The rhythm makes demands and the body answers with precision.  Already my muscles are beginning to feel warm and stretchy.

"Monique, your leg does not end at your ankle. Point those toes! Jeanine, you're sagging. Stand up straight!" Miss Roberta's voice carries through the room. Today she's all in pinks with a floral chiffon headscarf. She's the classic tiny dancer: dark-haired with pert features. Her eyes flicker across the class, constantly appraising technique and posture. Even though she's tiny, she commands the room. If she sees imperfections or lack of good effort, she will call you out.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Grier Cooper (also known as the writer in a dancer's body) is a California based writer, photographer, and dancer. She received her professional training from the School of American Ballet and performed worldwide with the San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Today she lives in a seaside hamlet with her husband, daughter and Coco Chanel (a black standard poodle). She draws on over thirty years of experience as a dancer, teacher and performer to create stories and art to inspire others.

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