Thursday, October 6, 2011

You Will be my Friend

In Peter Brown's latest book YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND, a lovable tutu-wearing bear named Lucy decides that she is going to find a new friend. Today. No matter what.

She has big plans as she goes through the forest and tries to play with all kinds of different critters, but things just don't work out. And they don't work out. And they don't work out.

So Lucy gets angry, and she tries to force everyone she sees to be her friend (well, everyone except for the humans). In the end, she does finally find the perfect friend.

Peter Brown is brilliant. He has a knack for conjuring up those little episodes from childhood and making them hilarious with lovable, well-meaning characters. Whenever I read his books, I find myself saying things like "Oh, I totally used to do that!" or "I remember how that made me feel" and then "WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS BOOK??!!".

This is going to be one of my go-to books for birthday gifts this year. I absolutely love it!


Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to . . .

Elana Johnson  is obsessed with Possess
Christine Fonseca  twirls for Audition
Shannon Whitney Messenger is wowed by The White Assassin – with giveaway
Shelli Johannes-Wells applauds The Pledge
Beth Revis interviews The Girl of Fire & Thorns author Rae Carson
Carolina Valdez Miller delves into The Future of Us – with signed book giveaway
Shana Silver shouts out about Shut Out

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New York bound!

Hi all!!

I'm heading to my favorite city in the world on Thursday, and I'm taking my soon-to-be-a-teenager daughter with me. We are both crazy thrilled, and I'm so glad to be able to take Anne with me. She's not a toddler . . . she's not eight . . . she's the perfect age to be thrilled by and to appreciate the magic of New York.

We've got a balanced mix planned of touristy things, bookish things, yummy things.

And of course, shopping.

I get a little sad as I watch my girls get older, but each phase we enter is a whole new set of wonderful (and, okay, I'll admit it--sometimes it's a whole new set of emotional land mines . . . ).

I'll blow the universe a kiss from the Staten Island Ferry. See you soon!