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“Sky High,” by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley (Photo by moi) What’s on the menu today? Writer Laura Gehl and illustrator Daniel Wiseman have just released a pair of board books for the littles, the first in a new series: “Baby Astronaut” and “Baby Oceanographer,” HarperFestival/HarperCollin

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(Pix by N. Row Rawley) “Magic Tree House #37: Dragon of the Red Dawn,” by Mary Pope Osbourne, illustrated by Sal Murdocca (A Stepping Stone Book/Random House, 2007, 108 pages). Ah, the genius of Mary Pope Osbourne. My kids loved this series, the fiction and non-fiction titles alike. It must be rough, I’m t

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(Photos by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) Reviewing this week: “Where Did You Come From, Baby Dear?” by George MacDonald, drawings by Jane Dyer (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2018, ages 3-7, 32 pages, $17.99). How is baby? British author MacDonald (1824-1905), a Scottish author, poet and minister, wrote this lo

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I’m late to the game for Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize winner, “Olive Kitteridge” (Random House, 2008, 270 pages). Thirteen stories = one amazing novel. Olive is a retired school teacher who lives in Crosby, Maine, with her husband, Henry. Olives weaves and dodges throughout the stories. The stor

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Hello, folks, and thanks for your patience. Meanwhile, my dining room table is ready to topple over cuz so many books! Jill McDonald and Hello, World! have released two cute new titles, “Ocean Life” and “How Do Apples Grow?” (Random House Children’s Books, 2019, 0-3 years old, $7.99 apiece). Bo

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“The Healthy Hens Handbook,” by Terry Beebe (Bell & Bain Ltd., 2013, 224 pages, $29.99). The pictures in this handbook kinda freak me out, but chickens, let’s face it, can be a little gruesome at times. There is also lots of down-to-earth information, and some beautiful photos. Useful, especially all

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(Photo by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) Those are the newest bok-boks, who turn one year old next month. We’ve lost one, but the other four are alive and well. Chickens = heartbreak, it turns out. Which I knew, but didn’t really know, until they were part of our family. I started this post a long [...]

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“Nothing is really so very frightening when everything is so very dangerous” ― Gertrude Stein (Photo by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) New classic, just like that… “Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe,” by Preston Norton (Hyperion, 2018, middle school & high school readers, 410 pages, $17.99). C

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(That dog loves to be read to. Photo by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) “Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Book reviews! Fun stuff. This is part of the Rick Riordan Presents series. “Aru Shah and the End of Time: A Pandava Novel, Book One” by [...]

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Books! Halloween Books! Even though it’s almost Thanksgiving. Work with me people, I didn’t get a chance to review these until now. Bon appetit, babies. WM (All photos by moi, Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) “Mickey Mouse: The Scariest Halloween Story Ever!” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” These

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From Viola Davis (NPR interview): “My definition of success is legacy, is significance. And also, might I add, my authenticity is my rebellion. It’s my F.U., per se. It helps when I think of it like that. That’s why I give these speeches; that’s why I say what I say. And it’s also my narcissism

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“Heartwood Hotel: Home Again,” written by Kallie George and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin (Disney-Hyperion, 2018, ages 4-8, 170 pages, $14.99). Ms. Prickles is marrying Mr. Quillson in the fourth and final book in the “Heartwood Hotel” series. (“Heartwood Hotel: A True Home,” “Heartwood Hotel: The Greatest

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(Pictures by me, in my own inimitable style. NERR) OK, y’all. Here are some creepy-cool-scary new young adult novels that I don’t wanna talk about. Because they’re scary is why. But they are all four excellent books, but gifted new writers, and you’ll like them. I promise. Boo! Bon appetit, babies! W

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(Photos by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) * Debut! The first book from author Molly Brooks, “Sanity & Tallulah” (Disney-Hyperion, 2018, ages 8-12, 240 pages, $12.99). Geeky-smart girl scientists Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega run the show in this brand-new graphic novel. They live in a beat-up space station on Wilnick, wi

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(Photo by me, Nancy Ellen Row Rawley.) Cougars are big. Also a little scary. Don’t turn your back on one. (My advice.) I saw it last night, just loping down the street like it rented the place. This shit is bananas. And now for a book review… “I Don’t Want to Go to Sleep,” by [...]

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(Photo by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) “Where Do Jet Planes Sleep at Night?” by Brianna Caplan Sayres, illustrated by Christian Slade (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2018, ages 0-3, 26 pages, $8.99). This super-cute series of board books includes the titles “Where Do Diggers Celebrate Christmas?” “Where Do Steam

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(Photos by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) “Ship it,” by Britta Lundin (Freeform Books, 2018, 375 pages, $17.99). First of all – the cover of this book. Let us just pause a moment and adore it. Claire and Tess, “Demon Heart” fangirls at large, grace the jacket of Britta Lundin’s novel about fan fic, Comic Cons [...]

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Hermit Crab + Friend (Photo by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) Isn’t that crab cool? We found him at Yaquina Head, on the Oregon coast. OK, lemme get some coffee and I’ll be right back… Back! Saturday book review, baby. I have never read so many good books all at once in my life. I’m being [...]

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#westcoastbestcoast This is one of our favorite spots, forever and always, on the Oregon coast. Leave the dogs at home or in the car (if the weather is cool, which it generally is.) All photos by me and my kid. Enjoy your weekend. WM

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Just some pictures I took a couple of weeks ago at one of the coolest amusement parks in America, the Enchanted Forest. :) Enjoy your day. WM Welcome! Rules Haunted House Green Bridge “Why Grandmother, what big teeth you have!” “Curds n Whey” “hey little girl, want a hookah?” Don’t

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“The Itchy Book,” by LeUyen Pham (Disney-Hyperion Books for Children, 2018, $9.99). This is from the Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! book series, which is similar in style to the Dr. Seuss recommended readers. Super cute, and has art from Mo Willems to open and close the book. “Dinosaurs do not scratc

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“Willa of the Wood,” by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion, 2018, 376 pages, $16.99) feels a bit like “The Borrowers,” which is cool. Set in 1900 in the Great Smoky Mountains, the book tells the story of Willa, a “night spirit” who borrows things from humans in order to ensure her clan’

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When someone sends me a case of books… oh, my gosh. The exhilaration, the joy, the goofiness that is involved, daily, with being a book geek… yeah. I loved when those Scholastic Book Club orders would show up, when I was a kid (and later, there were the Scholastic Book Fairs with my own kids, [...]

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(“Boots’s Alberta Spruce & friends” — Photo by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) Here’s a partial list of everything I’ve planted in the past year (all successes, except for the clematis, and the cuke). I’m putting tomato cages around everything, and the chickens are mostly leaving stuff

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I love books. But I also love sleep. And social mores dictate that I must at least “make an effort” around the house and yard, and work, and cook sometimes and there you have it. I am vowing this summer to take two blocks a week — a morning, an afternoon, an evening, whatever combo [...]

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(All photos by my kid) “Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm,” by Sarah Menkedick (Vintage Books, 2018, 276 pages, $17). A woman who has traveled the world travels back and begins her new life as a mom on her family’s farm in the Ohio countryside. I like Menkedick’s style, sister-f

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(Photo by I don’t know who) (Photo by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) “Still Alice,” by Lisa Genova (SimonandSchuster.com, 2007, 293 pages). I remember watching the Julianne Moore film based on this novel when it came out in 2014 — Kristen Stewart and Alec Baldwin co-starred and were great, but Julianne Moor

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We have skunks. They stink, but so do a lot of things, lol. Photos by me, Nancy E. Row Rawley, gardener at large. “Mae” “Henna and McNugget” “Leggy Peggy” All for now, back to it. XOXOXO WM

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All photos by moi, Nancy Ellen Row Rawley, and are not for steal. “The Girls, Strutting” More from Tiny Bible Tales… “Daniel in the Lions’ Den,” and “Miriam and Pharaoh’s Daughter,” both written by W.C. Bauers and illustrated by Marta Costa (Grosset & Dunlap, 2018,

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(Photo by my late father, James David Row, probably. Circa 1966.) See how happy I am there, age 2, with my dog, Peaches? The dolly? The doll cradle that we will later sand and paint and turn into a doll cradle for our daughter, and oh, my Lord. The cutest of our daughter, age 2, [...]

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