Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Did You Know Tuesday: Slinky

Here's a fun Did You Know right out of your childhood toy box.  The Slinky toy was invented in the early 1940's by naval engineer Richard James.  It was originally marketed in Gimbels depeartment store (Philadelphia), and it was an immediate hit.  Richard James and his wife Betty marketed the toy until Richard left his wife in 1960 to move to Bolivia as an evangelical missionary.  At that point Betty took over the company, and the business soared.

The average Slinky has 63 feet of wire ... and it is the state toy of Pennsylvania.  (Who knew that there are state toys?  Neat!)  I found a fun 1962 commercial for Slinky.  Near the end of the commercial, you'll also see a cute Dachshund checking out a Slinky dog toy.   Do you remember Slinky?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

Book Review - Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

Royal Wedding

About Royal Wedding

Print Length: 448 pages • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 2, 2015) 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding—but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare. For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui. But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother’s leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch.  Can Mia prove to everyone—especially herself—that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?
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My Review  
I read, and loved, the first few Princess Diaries books.  I am so glad to return with Royal Wedding.  It was a joy to meet Mia, her friends and family again, and revisit the Princess Diaries world.

Mia is still bright, quirky, sometimes impetuous, and fun.  I loved her gratitude lists.  The book also has texts from Lilly and Michael, grocery lists, and more.  Did I mention this book is a fun read?! 

It was enjoyable to see Mia navigate the adult world of engagement, an upcoming wedding, and being a future ruler.  The writing, as always with Meg Cabot, was clever and breezy, and moved at a brisk pace.   I am not sure whether I enjoyed the conversations between characters or Mia's internal dialogue and thought process more ... but both were delightful!

If you read any of the Princess Diaries books in the past, you will enjoy the ongoing story of Mia, Michael, their families and friends.  If you are new to the books, then you have a treat in store!  I really enjoyed this book and enthusiastically recommend it, especially as a fun summer read.

About Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. More than 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband. Find out more about Meg at her website, follow her blog, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.