Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza by Kitty Felde

Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza

Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza is a middle grade book that introduces kids (and maybe parents) to what life is like on Capitol Hill. If you’re like most folks, the life of the Washington insiders may be kind of a mystery. Felde, the award winning host of one of my fave podcast, Book Club for Kids,  takes the mystery out of life in our nation’s capitol. Told through the eyes of the ten year old daughter of a California representative, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the day to day life of Capitol Hill senators.  That orange thing on the cover? That’s Senator Something, a lovable briard that helps our heroine get into shenanigans and cope with the new life on the east coast.  If you’re wanting a #political primer, this is the one.

Books Children

Pretty Minnie in Paris Tea Party

Danielle Steele has a new book out for kids called

Pretty Minnie in Paris

It’s so adorable and we fell in love with it so tough that we decided to host a Pretty Minnie in Paris Tea Party!

Check out the pics.

Pretty Minnie in Paris


It was the perfect event for feathers, feather boas, sassy red dresses and shoes and lots of French!

Adult Fiction Books

The Dog Stays in the Picture by Susan Morse

The Dog Stays in the Picture

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Y’all know I’m a sucker for a dog, right? So you can imagine how happy I was to be asked to review Susan Morse‘s new book The Dog Stays in the Picture.  Morse is the wife of actor David Morse. You’ve prolly seen him in a lot of different things, apparently he gets around, but I mostly remember him from St Elsewhere. If you Google him you’ll be like, oh yeah, THAT GUY!

Anyway, Morse, like many of us, is entering into empty nest syndrome and needs to figure out what to do with herself.  Morse has been a housewife most of her life, and while there’s no shame in that, she’s also been writing books and doing other things which can be kind of tricky seeing as your husband is gone 6 weeks out a month.  I don’t know how she does it. Susan is one of those women you can relate to. And at times, I feel like I’ve known her a long time. She lives in suburban Philadelphia, like I do, she is  suffering from the empty nest syndrome, like I am dreading, she loves her dog, she recently got a new dog to nurture (I’m contemplating getting 9 more), and she’s got anxieties and other quirks that make her relatable.  Ok sure her husband is a famous actor but so what?   She feels like one of us. A woman, a mother, a quirky girl.

And I like that. Now lets get back to the dog. She adopts this anxious greyhound who’s never lived in a home and has zero idea what to do with stairs. Funny, but sad, poor thing, can’t stand to be away from Susan for more than a millisecond or she gets all nervous.  Been there, done that, right?

As Susan walks you through her journey and her quirky mental health habits (who am I to judge, I’ll eat a box of donuts in a heartbeat when I’m stressed) and fears, you realize something.

We are all the same.

And that a dog’s love is necessary. What would the world be without dogs?


And a bit less pukey, but that’s the price you pay for that kind of love.

Hey Susan, call me, I’d love to have a cup of coffee and a box of donuts with you. We can swap freaky overprotective mother stories.

Call me.

(call me)

Bring the pooch.

This is the perfect book club book, did I mention that?


Just for Fun: Test Your Dog’s IQ

If you’ve been around here longer than a minute you know I love my dog. He’s often in photos and buttons and pops up all over my social media imprint. I can’t help it. He has these big dark eyes that just beg you to give him a belly rub. While we love him so, he’s kind of a doofus.  Or so we thought until I decided to test his IQ in this fun book called Test Your Dog’s IQ by Rachel Federman.

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Bailey is part Bichon possibly part Poodle and maybe part Westie. While he’s a sweetheart at home, he doesn’t like strangers, kids on bikes, birds, squirrels, the UPS truck, the vacuum, and can just barely give paw for a cookie.

The interesting bit about Bailey is that when we’re sick he’s extremely attentive, will always sit for a cookie, and can read our signals and knows when to get in his crate. So…he can’t be all that dull can he?

I dunno.  I’m halfway through the book and while he’s scoring relatively well on interpersonal cues, my fear is that he is going to fail the active test. You know, the stuff that will put him into the Mensa class: finding the treat under a cup, sit, stay etc.

He’s only 20 pounds so when he’s really misbehaving it’s no problem to pick him and carry him away from the offending vacuum. Do you think a genius lurks behind those “don’t hurt me” eyes?

What  tricks can your dog do?

How would you rate your dog’s IQ?


The Perfect Dog by John O’Hurley

Here’s a book that combines two of the things I hold dear: books and dogs. The Perfect Dog is written by John O’Hurley.  Take a look!


Well, what did you think?  What’s your perfect dog? Tell me below!


OMG…Am I a Witch? TLC Book Tours


OMG...Am I a Witch

OMG…Am I a Witch?


Here is a book that I think is SO cute!  Have you ever wondered if you were a witch? Have you ever tried to cast a spell on someone and wondered if it worked or not?

April Appleton is so annoyed at her older brother that she searches the Internet for a spell to turn him into a dog. When the spell works, April realizes she has more powers than she ever dreamed of! Now she has to figure out how to turn him back to normal before her parents find out. She has little time, but with help from her friends Grace and Eve she finds a book of magic that will hopefully reverse the spell. Will it work, and will April’s newfound magic save the day?

Oopsie, that sounds like a teeny bit of a problem, right?  But a fun one to have, right?

So, check it out and see if April can change her annoying brother back into a human boy.  Brothers can be annoying but parents frown on changing their children into animals; no matter how justified.

So to answer your question, YES you are a witch. No not YOU, dear reader, you’re not a witch, ok well you might be a witch, but I’m really speaking to our heroine, April.  She, indeed is a witch, because she really did turn her brother into a dog. And thanks to her bestie Grace and new friend, Eve, they figure out what to do.  Fortunately, new friend Eve, is a descendant of New Orleans relatives who practice magee (that’s French for magic) and are in possession of an old book of magic.

Can you say HILARITY?

and wee wee pads?

This fun book was written by Talia Aikens-Nunez, a name that sounds musical enough to say over and over again!

You can find Talia on Facebook and at other blog stops on this TLC tour!

Oh yeah, did I mention that I’m a stop on the TLC Book Tour? Welcome aboard and enjoy the trip.

p.s. Don’t tick off your little sister or she just might turn you into a dog.  Or something worse.

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It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr

I love the book It’s Okay to be Different because it shows the lils just exactly what different is: having no hair, to having different moms and dads, to having a dog as a friend, there’s no end to what being different is.  The point Parr makes is that it’s ok.  And sometimes the lil ones need to hear that from a book with pictures that make sense to them.

Here I am reading it.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


What did you think of the book?