This story is full of fun, laughs, dogs, and an evil shoe villain…what more could a middle-grade reader ask for?
Told through a narrator that grabs your interest right from the start, this is a book that is hard to put down. It’s light-hearted, but still managed to hit on topics of importance. I really enjoyed that this is a chapter book, but had create illustrations throughout the pages to help support the story.
This book is amazing! I was absolutely sucked into the story. The writing is wonderful, and the characters are just perfect! If you are a fan of the Stephanie Plum series, this one is right for you!!
Finlay is a divorced mom of two and working-to-make-ends-meet author. Her unpayable bills are piling up on her doorstep, and her ex-husband is threatening to sue for full custody of her children. After a meeting with her agent at a local Panera, Finlay finds a note from a neighboring diner offering her a lot of money to get rid of the lady’s husband. Finlay, an author, not a hitman, has no intention of doing anything with this, except call the number the lady left and explain that there was a misunderstanding. One thing leads to another, and Finlay ends up in the middle of a murder mystery.
Written in 1933, No Nice Girl Swears was a guide for ladies to learn etiquette for the times. Some of the advice is dated, as times and etiquette have changed over the years, but other sections feel timeless, and could still apply in today’s world.
While this book was tauted as an instruction manual for women for its original release, it is a bit tongue-in-cheek at times. The author was quite witty and I found myself laughing with her as I read. I specifically enjoyed the chapter Lunches and Teas; Or, Scarcely Worth the Trouble. I found this one to be quite funny with comments like:
It seems to be the rule for the guests to arrive late, and after the first course girls begin jumping up and saying good-by to their hostess, as they all seem to have something to do at two o’clock or shortly after.
No Nice Girl Swears
In addition to the wit found within this book, there are some pieces of advice that can still apply today. There are topics like How to Deal with a Date that is Drunk and Twice Shy, a section on remarriage. Both segments had advice that would aptly apply in today’s world as well as the 1930s.
Knock Knock, Lettuce In! was such a fun book to read! I loved that the jokes were easy to giggle at. The illustrations were funny and matched the joke perfectly. I was so happy to be able to sit down and read this silly jokes book with my kids.
The illustrations in this book were AWESOME! They were fun and quirky, and really made me just want to look at each one!
How I Felt:
Real Pigeons Fight Crime was just a ton of fun to read! I read this book and also had my 8 year old son read it. We both agreed it was a 5 star read! The pages fairly illustration-heavy making this a great book for a young reader just starting chapter books, but it’s also great for a higher level reader as well!
What I Loved: As a child, I have VERY fond memories of Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein and reading this book with my daughter reminded me of Silverstein’s books. Each poem is short, silly, and comes with an illustration. I loved that my daughter laughed and giggled the way I did when I was young.
How I Felt: These poems were perfect for a child. They were a big gross sometimes talking about boogers and other things kids find hilarious. They were easy to understand and they were short, which I feel is really important for a little one. Poems spanned only one page and were easy to understand. Each poem is a stand-alone, so my daughter had fun just flipping through the book, finding an illustration that interested her, and we would read that one.
To Read or Not To Read: This is a good book for a elementary school child with easy to understand poems. I would not recommend this as a book that a child reads to themselves as the reading level would be a bit higher than early elementary.
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What I Loved: I listened to the audio of this book because I couldn’t imagine anything better than hearing Tina Fey read this to me, and I was right. She was amazing. The book, the stories, her inflections, all of it rocked. I’m sure reading the book is great as well, but I highly recommend the audio.
How I Felt: This book made me laugh, a lot. And that’s what I was looking for. A friend mentioned that I’ve read a lot of heavy material lately, and I needed something light, and this was it!
In addition to all the laughing, I really appreciated the content. Tina Fey speaks a lot about women in the workplace, which is such an important topic. I have worked so hard to climb my little corporate ladder and be a woman in a man’s world. I appreciate Tina’s insight into her experiences, and had a few take-aways as well!
To Read or Not To Read: I think that this is a to-read for everyone. With wonderful stories to make you laugh, Tina’s very real attitude, and the “don’t give up” undertones made for a great book. Again, I vote for the audio if you are going to pick this one up. It’s amazing!
What’s This Book About Anyway?
Tina Fey, an Emmy-award winning actress and comedian, tells her story through memories of her childhood, reflections on her attitude towards her body, and her climb to the top. She walks the reader through her career struggles at the beginning, and as she became more successful. Topics like tips in case we (the reader) ever find ourselves at a photo shoot had me laughing out loud. Again, I highly recommend this book to everyone!
What I Loved: The silliness in this book was perfect. It was such a cute, light story that kept me reading long into the night.
How I Felt: I seriously just felt so happy reading this book! It had such a funny pairing between Lara and dear old Great-Aunt Sadie. Sophie Kinsella did an amazing job of playing the two characters off of one another. I laughed, a lot, reading this book. It really did make me feel light and happy!
To Read Or Not To Read: Did you know that Sophie Kinsella writes under a second name, Madeline Wickham? Sometimes authors do that to write in a different genre, but I truly feel that both writers have the same style. So, if you enjoy Sophie Kinsella (or Madeline Wickham), or easy, fun reads, this is perfect for you!
What’s This Book About Anyway?
Lara’s Great-Aunt Sadie has to come to visit her….except Great-Aunt Sadie has been dead a while, and now…she’s a ghost! Sadie is quite a feisty, stubborn lady and death did not change her. She tells Lara exactly what she should be doing with her life; eating, clothing, dancing, etc.
Sadie has one actual request though. She needs Lara to find a missing necklace that is very dear to her. If Lara can find it, Great-Aunt Sadie can Rest In Peace (and so can Lara!)
This book was hilarious and I loved every page, but it also had some nice tones about family and friendship and loyalty.