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Monday, 27 April 2015

Book Review: 101: Everything You Need To Know About Whiskey

Book Review:

"Whenever someone asks me if I want water with my Scotch, I say, I'm thirsty, not dirty." - Joe E. Lewis, 1902-1971, American actor and comedian.

101: Everything You Need to Know About Whiskey is a very informative book by Bob Lipinsky. The author gives a general description about whiskies, their distinctive features and flavours, countries of origin, history, ingredients used and definitions. The types of whiskies include corn, Bourbon, Canadian, Japanese and Irish. Some whiskey flavours include almond, toffee, nuts, fruit, ginger and honey. Whiskey only ages in wooden barrels and ceases to improve once removed. It does, however, react well to sunlight. A bottle of 25- year-old Scotch purchased 10 years ago will remain 25-year-old, and shelf life depends on consumption.

"My God, so much I like to drink Scotch that sometimes I think my name is Igor Stra-whiskey." - Igor Stravinsky, 1882-1971, Russian-born modern composer.

Although I don't drink whiskey, I was tempted to while reading this insightful, educational book. Bob Lipinski was very thorough and knowledgeable in his research, providing a wealth of information regarding whiskey. I was impressed with the content and loved the whiskey-infused quotes. The sections on Drinks of American Presidents and Celebrities, Classic Whiskey Cocktails and unusual Slang Terms are interesting. The United States Congress passed a resolution recognizing bourbon whiskey as a distinctive product of their country so other countries don't have the right to call their whiskey products bourbon. 101: Everything You Need to Know About Whiskey is worth reading.

Here are links for Bob Lipinski's book:

Amazon                           Goodreads


Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Book Reviews: 200 Homophone Jokes for Wordplay Lovers & English Laughs Best

Book Review:

"We don't stop laughing because we grow old;
We grow old because we stop laughing." - (Michael Pritchard)

If you are tired of hearing or repeating the same jokes and puns at parties, the office or other gatherings, then you will welcome 200 Homophones for Wordplay Lovers by Razvan Macovei. This book offers a stimulating variety of amusing anecdotes. It is also very useful for persons who are studying English or want to study the language. A handy Key to Joke Comprehension at the back of the book lists the content with explanations, in case readers do not understand the anecdote. The book contains witty sketches too.

What does a cannibal say after the first date? - "I would like to gnaw you better."

"Rooster found dead with an egg next to it. Police suspect fowl play."

The above are two examples of jokes that Razvan Macovei wrote in his book.

Here are links to 200 Homophones for Wordplay Lovers.

Amazon                                                    Goodreads


"When humour goes, there goes civilization." Erma Bombeck, American Humourist

English Laughs Best: 300 Fabulous Pun Jokes to Learn English is another entertaining book by the author that I have read. His primary goal when writing this book was to make people smile. The second reason was to enrich a person's vocabulary with useful idioms and phrases. 

Why is punctuation so hard to digest? - It gets stuck in the colon.

Why are sculptors great lovers? - They put their spouses on a pedestal.

Razvan Macovei has included an Appendix and Pun Mind Map, which contains key words or image association that will make the jokes easier to remember. Due to the content of some cartoons and jokes, English Laughs Best: 300 Fabulous Pun Jokes to Learn English is more appropriate for teens and older persons.

Here are the links to the author's book.

Amazon                          Goodreads

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Monday, 20 April 2015

Book Review: The Three Little Monsters & the Ghost of Wisdom Woods

Book Blurb:

Three little monsters are trying to score scare points to avoid going back to school, so they won't have to see evil Dr. Booshilla. But will a visit from 2 young kids give them a scare that they were not expecting?

Book Review:

The Three Little Monsters and the Ghost of Wisdom Woods is a lovely children's story by Jessica Snape. Gruesome, Grouch and Grumble are three little monsters who live in a house in Wisdom Woods. Gruesome enjoy scaring people at bedtime; Grouch is very grouchy, especially when his sleep is disturbed, and Grumble who is bossy, likes telling the others what to do. 

The monsters keep their house neat so they can attract humans to scare. If they do not accumulate enough scare points within a few days, then they will have to return to Ghoul School to report to evil Dr. Booshilla, every monster's nightmare. Their problems increase when a ghost they never knew was living in their basement scares kids who enters the house, ruining their chance to gain points.

Jessica Snapes writes very nicely and displays her active imagination in this amusing story. The concept of the story is good with an adorable, but quarrelsome cast of characters who bring the story to life. I could also sense the monsters' fear when they spoke of Dr. Booshilla and Ghoul School. The Three Little Monsters and the Ghost of Wisdom Woods is a fun book to read and children will like it a lot.


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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Mouse Work (Whitney)

I work hard

catching mice for

a living,

and deserve to

 be pampered

and waited on.

It is the purr-fect lifestyle.

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A Whitney has 7 lines with a syllable count of 3/4/3/4/3/4/7.

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Book Review: Silly Socks

Book Blurb: Suzie has a dilemma on her hands when she has a look in her sock drawer. All of her socks have disappeared and she decides to go and find out where they could all be? Follow Suzie through her story as she discovers her socks are having fun hiding from her.

Book Review:

I was inspired to write part of my review in rhyming form as it seemed fitting when I read Silly Socks with its nice rhymes.

Little Suzie searches in despair
She needs a pair of socks to wear
Her sock drawer is so very bare
Suzie searches here and over there
Still cannot find a pair anywhere!

Oh, look! I think she found one in a shoebox
But where's the other foot and rest of socks
Hey, isn't that a pair sitting in her thong?
Wearing socks in your thongs is so wrong

I think Suzie's patience is finally running out
She is tired of searching and begins to pout
How can she stop her socks from hiding away?
Keep them in the drawer and they should stay

Keeping socks together always seem to be a problem and Sandra Novello cleverly expressed how frustrating it can be in her children's book, Silly Socks. Young readers are often guilty of tossing their socks all over the place, and they will love the funny search Suzie takes them on to find hers. The beautiful illustrations enhance this very short story even more. The author teaches kids in an entertaining way the importance of keeping their socks together.


Here are the links to Sandra Novello's book.

Amazon:      Silly Socks

Goodreads:  Silly Socks

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