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Monday, February 8, 2010

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday at The Printed Page is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This was a quiet week and that's what I needed. The last few weeks have been busy so I have lots to catch up on. And while I was chatting with my librarian Friday she brought out a large pile of new books that she hadn't put on the shelves yet. She asked if I was interested in any of them. I almost wet my pants! Although I was drooling over them all I was a good girl and only took two. *sigh* Books are so awesome.

breath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs
by Ursula Vernon

For review from Dial Books/Penguin Group

Danny Dragonbreath knew girls were trouble. But the new foreign exchange student, Suki the Salamander, is beyond trouble. Not only has she reduced his best friend, Wendell, to a blithering, lovesick tadpole, but she’s apparently the object of an elaborate ninja frog kidnapping plot. Danny is never one to pass up an adventure (especially one involving ninja frogs), and so he and Wendell and Suki set out on a dangerous quest through the mythical Japanese bamboo forests to find out what these fearsome frogs want. Danny may not be able to breathe fire like a normal dragon, but he and Wendell have watched lots of kung fu movies and can totally take on a bunch of ninja frogs. Or, um, so he hopes . . .

Using her trademark hybrid style of comic-book panels and text, Ursula Vernon has packed this second book in the hilarious Dragonbreath series with lots of kung fu, a little bit of loooove, and plenty of everyday school drama.

Cowboy and Wills
by Monica Holloway

Won from Bookin' With Bingo
autographed with a ribbon and silver dog bone attached

The day Monica learns that her lovable, brilliant three-year-old son, Wills, has autism spectrum disorder, she takes him to buy an aquarium. It's the first in a string of impulsive trips to the pet store to buy animals as a distraction from the uncontrollable, crushing reality of Wills's diagnosis. But while Wills diligently tends to the growing menagerie, what he really wants is a puppy. And one Christmas, when Wills is six, Cowboy Carol Lawrence joins their family.

Like all dynamic duos, Cowboy and Wills complement each other perfectly. Wills is cautious, fastidious, and irresistibly tenderhearted. Cowboy, a rambunctious golden retriever, is overeager, affectionate, and impulsive. And from the moment Cowboy enters their lives, Monica sees her son step a little farther into the world.

Soon, the boy who could barely say hello to his classmates in kindergarten is sharing stories of his new "sister" Cowboy during morning circle. Children crowd around them at the park, and instead of running away, Wills, holding Cowboy's leash in his sweaty fist, proudly answers all of their questions. With Cowboy, he finds the courage to invite kids over for playdates, overcomes his debilitating fear of water to swim along beside her in the family pool, and, after years of gentle coaxing, Wills finally sleeps in his own bed with Cowboy's paws draped across his small chest.

Through it all, Cowboy is there, dragging him toward other children, giving him the confidence to try new things and the courage to face his worst fears. And when Cowboy turns out to need her new family as much as they need her, they discover just how much she has taught them -- about devotion, about loyalty, and about never giving up.

Sometimes it's what you don't know to hope for that saves you. For Monica, her husband, Michael, and their son, Wills, salvation came in the form of a puppy with pale blond fur, chocolate brown eyes, a fondness for chewing the crotch out of underpants, and a limitless capacity for love.


  1. Whoo Hoo, way to go! Nice to have an "in" with your local librarian. you get to be first holding the book. Awesome feeling! Enjoy! Here's my MM

  2. I've heard good things about Cowboy and Wills. Enjoy your new books!

  3. Dragonbreath is one I think I might need to get for my youngest. I have Cowboy and Wills sitting here too and should get around to it sometime! My mailbox is here.

  4. Haha Dragonbreath looks so cute! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

  5. Oh how I love tripping around the 'sphere and finding new possibilities in great books!

    My MM:

  6. I haven't heard of those books. They sound good I will have to check them out.

  7. You received some nice books this week! Congrats on the win :)

    If you'd like to see mine, my mailbox is at:

  8. I hope that isn't a picture of your mailbox! If it is, at least you have some good books to tuck in and read. Enjoy!

  9. Cowboy and wills sound like a good one. Happy reading and thanks for the compliment :)

  10. Cowboy and Wills sounds beautiful, if you do enjoy it you may also like a A Friend Like Henry. Hope you have a great reading week and YaY for getting in good with your librarian, how awesome getting 1st dibs!!

  11. LOL, attack of the ninja frogs...happy reading.


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