Eat Leo, Eat! by Caroline Adderson (169)

I have been reading a lot of Caroline Adderson’s books lately. And I will be reviewing a lot of them here on my Canadian blog.

I just love her kid’s books. She has such an amazing flare for capturing a story. And this story is no exception.

Every child can relate to a story that captures kids trying not to eat a certain food. And this is precisely what Leo goes through in this story.

On Sunday, Leo and his family father at Nonna’s house for a big, noisy, delizioso lunch.

Everyone is hungry for her homemade pasta, except Leo. But when Nonna passes around the bowls of soup with stelline — small star-shaped noodles–she also serves a story.

What a great way to get kids to eat! Tell them a story, distract them from what they are doing, and bingo! They will eat what is on their plates. No longer is he a picky kid. Instead, he is as hungry as everyone else when Nonna gives him her home prepared pasta dishes.

I loved this story from beginning to end!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Second Blush by Molly Peacock (168)

I love books of poetry. And this book did not disappoint. I had a good time reading it during this long family day weekend. What better way to spend a long weekend than reading!

This is a poetry book that tracks the vicissitudes of midlife marriage in her saucy, vulnerable, philosophical sixth collection.

Molly shows her sensual imagination in this book. It really is a memoir type book that is written through poetry. And it is really well done too. I just was glued to every page.

This is an amazingly mature and sensuous collection of poems that show the passions beneath the surface of a marriage; Molly Peacock always finds a way to love a little more. Read these poems and feel transformed.

She also looks honestly at herself and her relationships. She offers insights in language that is plain and accessible, and also artful. Her poems make you think–not to struggle to figure out their surface meaning–but to think about the underlying issues and what is really being shared about life and love.

I loved the book from start to finish. And I would recommend it to anyone who loves to read heartfelt poetry!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Death in the Family by John Chipman (167)

This is a very sad book about infant death in Ontario. It is really sad to read that pediatric pathologists are so much to blame for them.

In the Mid-1990s, the Chief Coroner’s Office in Ontario decided that death investigation teams needed to think dirty when faced with pediatric deaths. Coroners, pathologists and police were told to suspect child abuse was involved until they could prove otherwise. No one embraced this directive more zealously than Dr. Charles Smith, Ontario’s top pediatric forensic pathologist, and few in the field shared his influence and professional reputation.

The results were catastrophic.

Smith had virtually no training in forensics and little understanding of his proper role in the investigations. Nearly half of the autopsies he conduced in suspicious death cases were flawed, resulting in false accusations, desperate plea deals and wrongful convictions. Families were torn apart, children were forced into foster care, years were lost to prison.

A disciplinary committee would eventually find Smith incompetent and guilty of professional misconduct, but it was little comfort to his victims. Their lives had been shattered.

In this penetrating yet meticulously research and heartbreaking book, award-winning journalist and documentarian John Chipman takes us inside the homes and lives of our families devastated by Smith’s arrogant ineptitude. Their stories lay bare years of helplessness and resilience. And each one begins with a death in the family.

This is a difficult book to read. But it is something that is going on, and something that all Ontarians should be aware of.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Jasper John Dooley: Public Library Enemy #1 by Caroline Adderson (166)

This is the last of the three fictional books that I picked up from my local library that is written by Caroline Adderson. What a treasure-throve of laughs these books were.

All Jasper wanted was to find a book that would make Molly, the frowning dog at the library stop frowning.

But even though he’s so so careful, the book he comes home with suffers one accident after another until Jasper has no choice but to throw it in the trash.

Now he has to face the facts: he’s a Book Killer!

And not only that but he’ll have to pay for the dead book or they’ll never let him back in the library again. How much? How much! Way more than he can afford.

Jasper’s friend Ori jumps in to help, and they come up with a plan. But will it succeed? Or will Jasper be banned from the library forever?

I sure hope he isn’t banned from the library forever. Libraries are wonderful places.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


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Jasper John Dooley: Lost and Found by Caroline Adderson (165)

This is the second book in the series that I picked up at my local library by Caroline Adderson. This book is super cute too. And it is hilarious.

Bored of hide-and-seek and knights, Jasper and his friends invent a new recess game–treasure hunters.

But it’s not until later, during a visit to his Nan’s that Jasper digs up a real treasure: Marcel Mouse, his dad’s all-time favorite toy when he was a kid.

Marcel swings in crazy loops. He has his own catchy song. And best of all, Marcel Mouse is an adventurer.

But Marcel is tricky too. First he goes missing from under Jasper’s pillow. Then he gets send to the principal’s office and disappears again!

As Jasper hunts high and low for Marcel, he has an adventure of his own, uncovering the mysteries of toilet water and a top-secret video game. Then something terrible happens. It seems Marcel might be lost forever. Will Jasper ever see Marcel Mouse again?

I loved this one hour read from start to finish!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


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Jasper John Dooley: You’re in Trouble by Caroline Adderson (164)

This is a wonderfully cute junior fiction story. There are three books in this series and I am going to be reviewing all three of them. They were precious finds at my local library. Just when I wasn’t looking, there they were!

After soccer practice, Jasper accidentally chooses the wrong drink from the vending machine. It’s fizzy and syrupy, and taste so good, but Jasper knows it is so so bad for him.

He sneaks some sips on the way home, then hides it in the fridge. That evening, Jasper can’t seem to slow down. He has so much energy that he can’t sleep!

The next morning, he feels awful, but for the rest of the week, Jasper can’t stop himself from sneaking sips of the bad drink and doing more and more bad things.

He bends the rules at soccer, gets his best friend in trouble at school and lands himself in a Very Embarrassing situation.

Will Jasper’s secret drink be discovered? Will he be Bad for the rest of his life?

This is a great idea for a novel for juniors.  They are told all the time not to drink sugary drinks. However, sometimes, they sneak around and actually drink it.

This is help kids laugh and perhaps even reflect on their actions in future.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Troubles with Bubbles by Frank B. Edwards and John Bianchi (163)

This is a wonderfully funny picture book for kids about bubbles. It will keep children smiling and laughing. The illustrations are hilarious.

These delightfully simple stories offer very young readers the opportunity to read a book all by themselves. By combining a basic but playful text with zany cartoon illustrations, these Bungalo books are guaranteed to appeal to both children and their parents. After all, story time should be fun for everyone in the family.

I loved the book from beginning to end. I will recommend it to all the families with young kids that I know.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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