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The Hunger Pains by Stefan Petrucha and Rick Parker

If you know anything about me, you know I LOVES me some Hunger Games.  Imagine how delighted I was to hear from Jesse at Papercutz asking me to review a parody called The Hunger Pains.  What?? Of course! To make matters worse, we serendipitously met in New York at BEA and voila, I’m his new bestie stalker !! Prolly.

If you like wacky Mad magazine funny, this is the series for you.  It’s clever AND it’s written like a comic book which makes it easier to read!

Here’s more:

If you haven’t read all three in the series you might not understand the book AND it contains spoilers so, choose wisely.

I don’t think the book is for the kiddies.  Maybe YA.

But oh so FUNNY!

I give it 3 paws.

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Dewey's Read-a-thon

#readathon end and a mini challenge

I’m taking part in the Readathon final hour.  Here’s a mini challenge: It’s a mad lib

1.  A noun from page one of the text you are reading.: SHOES
2.  An adjective to describe the cover of your book. BLUE
3.  Your name or the name of a character. PAM
4.  A verb found on page 23 of your book (or the nearest page with text on it). LOVED
5.  A noun from the title or the “About the Author” section of the book. MOCKINGJAY (the book i’m reading. duh)
6.  A verb ending in -ing from approximately page 76 (or the nearest page with text on it). SUGGESTING
7. and 8.  Two adjectives from the opening paragraph of a chapter or article from anywhere in the text. FINE, WORN
9.  Another verb found at the bottom of page 100 (or the nearest page with text on it). CUT
10.  The longest time period it has ever taken you to read a book. 30 YEARS (i’ve never finished Little Women)

Here it t’is

his SHOES(1) is  BLUE(2)!  PAM(3)  has never LOVED(4) so much.

The MOCKINGJAY(5) I’m currently SUGGESTING(6) is  FINE(7) and WORN(8).

When this is over, I will CUT(9) for 30 YEARS(10).

Ha! mine is stupid and makes no sense, although not much makes sense after 4 hours of fretful sleep.


And my end of meme answer: The most daunting part of the Readathon was prolly like everyone elses: the wee hours.  The desperate need for sleep coupled with the urge to want to keep going and succeed.

When asked by my husband why i was doing this? my answer was: cuz it’s fun.  he said: what’s fun about staying up for 24 hours?

silly silly man!

I’m going to keep reading Mockingjay, after which i’m not sure what i’ll do.  prolly collapse from exhaustion in a rubble of coffee grinds, peanut butter and book marks.

Now I’ve played on both sides: cheerleader and reader and reader is just as INTIMIDATING as i thought it would be! no wonder i chickened out all this time and cheered instead. I do feel a sense of pride even if only completed one book. And it wasnt even a whole book.

YAY me! Yay you! yay readathon!



Dewey's Read-a-thon

#Readathon book 2

Hello. It’s almost 2am here (hour blipty eleven) and I’ve just had some power water and the power banana.  I’m going to attempt to read my 2nd and prolly last book for this readathon. i am not ashamed tho, because i have given the good fight and blah blah blah insert something inspirational here.  It’s my first time READING so I’m totally ok with it.  Totally.

The blog comments and the cheertweets have helped muchly. I am punchy and delirious.

I leave you with a quote to help you guess what book I’m about to read: I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games


Blogging Reviews

You’ve read #TheHungerGames now read #TheBloggerGames!

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Yes, it’s true, PammyPam is a Hunger Games junkie; but you knew that already non? Despite my initial radical social commentary between the book and race, found here, I still loved the book and the movie.  Speaking of social commentary, I could speak about feminism and The Hunger Games, but I won’t.


Pumpkin and I decided to revisit The Hunger Games movie and I came away like I’d hoped: pleased.  To be sure, I love to rewatch movies so, this is not a new phenom for me, because each time you watch, you take away something new.  Why else would people still be watching The Wizard of Oz some 80 years later?

So, where was I? Blah blah blah…I came up with The Blogger Games: May the Blogs be EVER in your Favor!

Representing District 12 is PammyPam aka An Unconventional Librarian.  (crowd roars) Her skills? Wearing scarves and finding just the right book for the kiddos.  When she sings “Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car” she can eradicate millions. Gone in the first five minutes, while searching for soy milk for her latte.

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District 11 offers up inspirational blogger and author Daphine Glenn Robinson.  Dangerous Daph, as she’s known on the streets, has a direct line to God and isn’t afraid to use it.  That’s what makes her dangerous, folks. Bet on her for the win.


District 10 also offers up inspiration from the powerful Uneeka aka PowerMommy. Uneeka blogs at Powermommy Nation and can tweet messages so powerful and inspirational that you’ll think you can conquer the world. Looks like we might have an alliance forming between Uneeka and Daphine.  Kill em with kindness is their motto.  Key word: kill em.  She’s one to watch, folks.


District 9 sends the irreverent Liz Henry from The Six Year Itch.  Liz has a brain and is not afraid to use it.  Her rapier wit is almost as sharp as the Bowie knife she keeps in her bra. Not only did Liz volunteer, she knocked out two Peacekeepers running to the stage.  Odds are in her favor.

From District 8 comes the sweet and friendly Steph from Confessions of a Stay At Home Mom.  Friend to all and enemy to none, Steph is also part of the Kill em with Kindness alliance.  The two babies in the photo? Props. Also? She drank the soy milk that caused PammyPam’s demise.


What can we say about District 7?  They send Amy from Lady Readers Bookstuff.  Known to never watch the movie before reading the book, Amy is building a library. She can throw a book like a lethal weapon and you won’t see it coming. Her tattoos keep track of her victims. She’s one to watch.


District 6. Darla DeMorrow from HeartWork Organizing.  She’s a professional organizer so during the games she’ll be sure to alphabetize, organize and schedule everyone’s demise (hey it rhymes).  She may be a mole planted by Seneca Crane.


District 5. Dances La Vida Loca and shakes his bon bon all over the Games. Not favored to win, but so pretty.


District 4 is thrilled to send Rachee.  Pronounced Rah Shay.  They are thrilled to send her because no one understands what she’s saying when she quotes Jack Prelutsky’s TwaddleTuck Talk.  District 4’s tribute hopes to confuse her opponents for the WIN.  And if that doesn’t work, her knitting needles surely will.


Sarah from District 3 blogs at Chester County Mom and Montgomery County moms.  Sarah torments her opponents by filling up their calendars with so many fun family functions (love that alliteration?) that they are too busy to fight; thus leaving them defenseless.


District 2’s tribute is Steph from A Grande Life.  And that’s Grande (pronounced grahnd ey)  as in coffee size.  She’s pint sized and drinks coffee like it’s her job.  She’s the resident photographer so you’ll be sure to see every minute of Blogger Games bloodshed beautifully photographed.


District 1 proudly sends Jennifer from 5 Minutes for Books as their Blogger Games tribute.  Jennifer, from Texas, naturally packs a weapon; everyone in Texas does, right? So she’s definitely one you want to have on your team.  Don’t let that smile for you, folks; she’s deadly.


Well there you have it:  Twelve Tributes for the Blogger Games.

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Who would YOU nominate for The Blogger Games?

Books Reviews

Book Review: The Hunger Games *NO SPOILERS*

unconventional librarianA while back, you may remember Bailey asking for suggestions on what to read next.  He and I decided to start the Hunger Games trilogy.

Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you’ve seen a tweet or a Facebook post or a Youtube video or have seen a kid running around with one of the books tucked under her arm.  Or maybe you’ve seen me pulling it out of my purse. The new “it” book series to read? The Hunger Games.  To be sure, I love sharing books with my kids and this series so far has not disappointed me.

I will not spoil the book or series in any way for those of you who are late jumping into the Game, cuz I know I hate that.

But here’s my two cents.  The Hunger Games is a good read. No, in fact, it’s a GREAT read. Here’s why:

  • the main character is a young teen girl, could be of any race or ethnicity
  • there is NO sex, only a very few minor kissing incidents
  • the violence, while there, is not really gratuitous, but drives the energy of the story and the characters (most) show remorse about it
  • there are absolutely ZERO curse words

Now what’s not to love about that?  So…get you a copy of the book and get in on the GIRL POWER!


p.s. alot of people have been asking what your weapon of choice would be. mine? hiding. what’s yours?

Books In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox – The Hunger Games

In My Mailbox is a party hosted by The Story Siren   and we all know how much Pammy Pam loves parties!

Today’s party, however, is attended by Bailey, my Book Page.

Take it away, Bailey!

This week I’m using the term mailbox loosely because I didn’t get this book in the mail.

But it IS a book and I do want to read it, so it counts, right?

That’s right Bailey, it does count. But the real question is: should you read it before or after the movie comes out?

What do you think?

Please help Bailey decide if he should read The Hunger Games BEFORE or AFTER the movie comes out.

Let him know in the comments, cuz he’ll hafta hurry to get it finished in time!