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Happy Birthday Curious George!

 

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I’d love to give a special birthday “shout out” to Curious George. He’s 75 years old TODAY! He doesn’t look that old, that is for sure.

I cannot believe that Curious George has been around for that long. I grew up reading his books. I also read his books to my own children, who are now teenagers.

I remember when I was a very young girl the time my mom gave me a book she picked up from a garage sale. It was a book about a monkey. For the life of me I can’t remember the title. I can visualize it, and I have tried to Google it over the years, but I simply cannot find it.

I loved that book. It was one of my favorite books. Sadly, I lost the book at school and it was never found. No one brought it to the lost and found either. I was crushed. I loved that book.

My mom didn’t know what to do. She thought if she bought me another book about a monkey that maybe I’d forget about that other book. The book she bought me to replace my lost book was a Curious George book. It looked like the one (pictured below).

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I THINK this was the first Curious George book published.

From the first time I read this book I became an instant fan of the adorable, mischievous monkey.

I’ve always been an animal lover, so it made sense that I would enjoy stories about an adorable monkey. Back then I even wished I owned a stuffed Curious George (I don’t think a plush was available way back then). I did have some plush monkeys that I pretended to be Curious George, including a classic sock monkey.

I had several Curious George books growing up. I don’t know what happened to them. I guess my mom donated them when I got older. Sigh…

When my daughter was a toddler I picked up a few Curious George books to read to her.

I LOVE this book! It's filled with great word of wisdom.

I LOVE this book! It’s filled with great word of wisdom.

What I love about Curious George is that he hasn’t changed much over the years. His looks only changed a little bit. He still looks a lot like the original Curious George from the books I grew up with. The stories are still just as wonderful and entertaining as they were when I was little.

When my son was born I read the books to him as well. I even kept them, but currently they are buried in my father’s basement along with other things from my kid’s childhoods.

I am hoping that one day my children read the Curious George books to their children someday (my future grandchildren). Curious George is a timeless classic that can be enjoyed today or even 100 years from now.

To this day I still enjoy reading Curious George books – even ones I have read over and over again.

I love that there is a Curious George series on television (PBS). It’s great that Curious George is being appreciated and loved by a whole new generation.

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I even FINALLY have my very own Curious George plush toy – just like what I wanted when I was a child. Better late than never. LOL!

I even have a wonderful set of Curious George books that I keep on our family bookcase that I hope to read to the kids I work with (I’m a teacher’s assistant for a Kindergarten class) as well as my future grandchildren.

These days there are so many fun Curious books and toys readily available. That is because everyone loves this sweet little monkey and friends.

Do you have a favorite Curious George memory? What about a favorite Curious George book? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

In addition, feel free to wish Curious George a “Happy Birthday” on social media. Please use the hashtag #GetCurious.

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Kimberly

*I received some free goodies in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas – in stores today! (giveaway ends 9/17/16)

 

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Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean there are not plenty of great books that need to be read.

In stores today (September 6, 2017) is the latest book by Jodi Ellen Malpas. She is the #1 bestselling author of the This Man Triology and One Night Trilogy.

People think they have Camille Logan nailed: daddy’s girl; beautiful, spoiled young woman with her father’s bank balance to fund her lifestyle. But Camille is determined to have a life free from his strings. Out on her own, she’s made mistakes, including one that found her clawing her way back after a stint in rehab and plenty of bad press. Now, after fighting so hard to be independent and happy, she finds her life threatened as a result of her father’s ruthless business dealings. Caught between resentment and fear, Camille prepares herself for the measures her father will take to protect her. But nothing could prepare her for the ex-SAS sniper who crashes into her life.

Jake Sharp resides in his own personal hell. He was distracted from duty once before, and the consequences were devastating–both personally and professionally. He vowed never to let that happen again. Accepting the job of bodyguard to Camille Logan isn’t the kind of distraction from his demons he should take. Women and Jake don’t mix well, yet protecting the heiress seems the lesser of two evils. But Jake soon discovers that she isn’t the woman she’s perceived to be. She’s warm, compassionate, her presence settling, and his duty to protect her soon goes deeper than a well-paid job, no matter how hard he fights it. He needs absolution. He comes to need Camille. But he knows he can’t have both.

It sounds interesting. I’ve never seen the film The Bodyguard (Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner), but this book kind of reminds me of what I perceive that film to be about, in a way.

Here is a trailer for the book.

 

It look like it could make a good movie too.

About the Author:

Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a Converse & mojito addict, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

She’s now a proud #1 New York Times bestselling author – all six of her published novels having hit the New York Times bestsellers list – as well as a Sunday Times bestseller and international bestseller. Her work is published in over 20 languages across the world.

*Photo credit: Kerry Ann Duff

*Photo credit: Kerry Ann Duff

Look for The Protector today where ever book are sold, such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Google to name a few.

To learn more about this and other books by the author, you can visit her website, JodiEllenMalpas.co.uk. In addition you can follow @JodiEllenMalpas on Twitter and Facebook, as well as the publisher, @ForeverRomance on Twitter, Facebook  and Instagram. The book’s official hashtag is #TheProtector.

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I have a giveaway for a lucky reader, courtesy of Forever/Grand Central Publishing. The prize package includes a copy of the book AND a $50 Visa Gift Card. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 17, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t quality.

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Kimberly

*Forever (the romance imprint of Grand Central Publishing) will be sending me this same prize package in exchange for my participation. They are also providing the prize package for this giveaway. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Ghoulishly Halloween reads from HarperCollins Children’s Books

 

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I know it’s hard to believe that Halloween is around the corner, after all, most people are just settling back into the “back to school” routine.

My kids haven’t even returned to school yet (just a few more days left of summer vacation).

We’ve been seeing Halloween (and Thanksgiving!) things since July. I hate that people need to rush the holidays to much. Can’t we just enjoy each holiday and season without rushing them?

This Halloween season, Harper Collins has some ghostly good reads for young children and older children. Check out some of these spootacular books your child/grandchild might want to read.

PICTURE BOOKS 

Frankencrayon written & illustrated by Michael Hall

Frankencrayon written & illustrated by Michael Hall

9780062252111– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 

The crayons are all set to put on their production of Frankencrayon. All the roles are filled, the costumes are made, and the curtain is about to go up, when disaster strikes and a scribble is found on the set. The crayons try their best to erase the scribble, but it just keeps getting bigger and bigger until it becomes a scribble monster! The crayons flee from the set and cancel the picture book . . . at least, until the crayons playing Frankencrayon himself think up a solution. 

Go to Sleep, Monster! written & illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Go to Sleep, Monster! written & illustrated by Kevin Cornell

9780062349156– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8

Getting George to sleep is a nightmare. But getting a monster to sleep? That’s an adventure. Go to Sleep, Monster! is a funny and surprising twist on the typical monster-under-your-bed story. 

Monster Trucks written by Anika Denise, illustrated by Nate Wragg

Monster Trucks written by Anika Denise, illustrated by Nate Wragg

9780062345226– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8

On a spooky speedway, Monster Trucks moan! Monster Trucks grumble! Monster Trucks groan! Join Frankentruck, Zombie Truck, Ghost Truck, and more as they race to the finish line. But one of these trucks isn’t quite who you think. 

Grimelda The Very Messy Witch written by Diana Murray illustrated by Heather Ross

Grimelda: The Very Messy Witch written by Diana Murray, illustrated by Heather Ross

9780062264480– $16.99 – Ages 4 to 8 

Grimelda’s house may not be tidy, but it’s cozy, and that’s just the way she likes it. She also likes pickle pie. There’s only one problem—she can’t find the main ingredient! Grimelda could use a spell to summon the jar of pickle root, but she can’t find her spell book either. With no other choice, she grabs her broom and soon finds what she needs, but can Grimelda use her magic to make her house feel like home again?

Enzo’s Very Scary Halloween written by Garth Stein & illustrated by R.W. Alley

Enzo’s Very Scary Halloween written by Garth Stein & illustrated by R.W. Alley

9780062380616— $17.99 — Ages 4 to 8

Halloween is here! But Enzo doesn’t know what to expect. Enzo is determined to protect fairy princess Zoe from the monsters and goblins that have filled their neighborhood, but when things get a little too scary, his family is there to reassure him that everything is make believe and meant only to be fun. And the evening ends with a wonderful trick or treat parade!

MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS

The School for Good and Evil The Ever Never Handbook written by Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil: The Ever Never Handbook written by Soman Chainani

9780062423054– $17.99 – Ages 8 to 12 

This handbook contains the scoop students need in order to get to the top of their class—the fairy tales you need to know, the myths it’s dangerous not to know, spells you won’t live without, Who’s Who and What’s What, and much more. And of course, it’s all in glorious color because in the School for Good and Evil, nothing is black and white.

Gris Grimly’s Tales from a Brother’s Grimm written by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm & illustrated by Gris Grimly

Gris Grimly’s Tales from a Brother’s Grimm written by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm & illustrated by Gris Grimly

9780062352330– $17.99 – Ages 8 to 12 

The Brothers Grimm’s famed and enduring fairy tales are brought to life for a new generation of readers in their original, uncut, uncensored form by the master of gothic macabre, bestselling illustrator Gris Grimly. 

Laugh-Out-Loud Spooky Jokes for Kids written by Rob Elliott

Laugh-Out-Loud Spooky Jokes for Kids written by Rob Elliott

9780062497888– $4.99 – Ages 6 to 10

This autumn-and-Halloween-themed joke collection is the first of HarperCollins’s four new paperback titles continuing Rob Elliott’s #1 bestselling Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids series. 

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Single Volume written by Neil Gaiman & illustrated by Craig P. Russell

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Single Volume written by Neil Gaiman & illustrated by Craig P. Russell

9780062421883– $35.00 – Ages 8 to 12 

The two volumes of the graphic novel adaptation of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK are now bound into one stunning edition. Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except he lives in a sprawling graveyard and has been raised since infancy by ghosts and a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in a graveyard for a boy, but there are dangers too, and if Bod leaves the graveyard, he may fall prey to the man Jack, who has already murdered Bod’s entire family. 

YOUNG ADULT BOOKS 

Harmony House written by Nic Sheff

Harmony House written by Nic Sheff

9780062337092– $17.99 – Ages 14 and up 

Jen Noonan’s father thinks a move to Harmony House is the key to salvation. But to everyone who has lived there before, it is a portal to pure horror. But Harmony House is more than just a creepy old estate. It’s got a chilling past—and her father is at the center of one of its most disturbing secrets. 

The Blood Between Us written by Zac Brewer

The Blood Between Us written by Zac Brewer

9780062307910– $17.99 – Ages 13 and up 

When his adoptive parents die in a mysterious fire, Adrien suspects their biological daughter, Grace, may have had something to do with it. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series and The Cemetery Boys. 

Escape from Asylum written by Madeline Roux

Escape from Asylum written by Madeline Roux

9780062424426– $17.99 – Ages 14 and up 

In this prequel to the New York Times bestselling ASYLUM series, a young teen is wrongfully committed to the Brookline asylum and must escape before becoming one of the evil Warden’s experiments.

As I Descended written by Robin Talley

As I Descended written by Robin Talley

9780062409232– $17.99 – Ages 14 and up – On Sale 9/6/2016

Maria and Lily, Acheron Academy’s power couple, will stop at nothing to ensure their victory over campus superstar Delilah Dufrey, including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school. But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line. From acclaimed author Robin Talley comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption. 

Spare and Found Parts written by Sarah Maria Griffin

Spare and Found Parts written by Sarah Maria Griffin

9780062408884– $17.99 – Ages 14 and up– On Sale 10/4/2016

As a child, Nell Crane, daughter of the great inventor Julian Crane, nearly died from the last wave of an epidemic that wiped out most of the population and all technology in her country. Saved by her father’s ticking mechanical heart invention, Nell lived while thousands of others died. With the last of the epidemic behind them, the city is finally starting to rebuild, and Nell is struggling to find a place among her peers.

For more information about these and other children’s books published by HarperCollins visit HarperCollins.com/Childrens. Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter too (links found on the top right of their website).

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Kimberly

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Unlikely Friendships: Dogs by Jennifer Holland

 

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I’m an animal lover. I always have been and I always will be. I grew up with animals. I cannot imagine a life without animals in it.

Currently we have five cats, a dog who thinks he’s a cat and a Goldfish who fears the cats.

In addition to our “mini-zoo,” I also have a lot of movies and books that are pet/animal related.

There is a new book being released on August 23, 2016 that might be of interest to animals lovers, especially dog lovers. The book is called Unlikely Friendships: Dogs – 37 Stories of Canine Compassion and Courage. It was written by Jennifer Holland.

We’ve all seen those stories pop up on Facebook, or those viral YouTube videos of unusual animal pairings. I am a firm believer that animals love unconditionally. They don’t care if you are a person, a turtle, a hamster or a duck. If they “click” together then it’s possible for them to become friends.

Dogs and cats are supposed to be enemies, but you wouldn’t know that in my home. Our dog Espn and our cat Anakin are about the same age (Anakin is a month older) were the best of friends when they were little. They played together, slept together and spend all their time together. It was funny to see. Espn even slept in the cat tree to be closer to Anakin as he slept in the tree.

Unlikely Friendships: Dogs by Jennifer Holland is a book that features heart-touching stories about usual animal friendships, each one involving a dog.

According the the publisher;

Jennifer Holland has shown us animal friendships, love, and heroism with her New York Times bestsellers Unlikely Friendships, Unlikely Loves and Unlikely Heroes.  Now comes a heartwarming and inspirational book for the tens of millions of dog owners and dog lovers.

Who doesn’t love a dog? And who does a dog not love in return? Almost no one—or no creature—it turns out. Unlikely Friendships: Dogs – 37 Stories of Canine Compassion and Courage (Workman; August 2016) is an irresistible reminder of the affection and bravery of all breeds great and small. Bringing together 28 new stories of canine kindness, plus a handful of classic tales involving dogs from Unlikely Friendships, Unlikely Loves, and Unlikely Heroes, these heartwarming true stories will have you falling in love with man’s best friend all over again.

Meet Rex, a German shepherd who learned to love and trust again through the improbable friendship of a goose. Popeye the Mastiff, who ran into a burning stable and saved 17 terrified horses by nibbling at their hooves. And a temperamental husky named Lilo, who saved a kitten from near death. These are just some of the remarkable stories you’ll find in Unlikely Friendships: Dogs.

Enhanced with beautiful full-color photographs, these true stories of camaraderie, affection, and remarkable bravery are more than a lovely tribute; they are proof that dogs are every creature’s best friend.

I received the book to review. Sadly, I haven’t had a spare moment to sit down and read it. It’s currently on my coffee table waiting for me to sit down with a cup of tea (or coffee) and open it’s pages.

The book will be released on August 23, 2016. Look for it where ever books are sold.

Have you read any of the Unlikely books before? What is your favorite “unlikely friendship” story – either current or from the past?

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Kimberly

*I received a free copy of the book to review (I just haven’t had time to read it yet). There was no compensation. 

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What’s new with Kohl’s Cares

 

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If you are a regular reader of She Scribes you know that I absolutely LOVE the Kohl’s Cares program.

If you are unfamiliar with the program, Kohl’s Care is a special program set up by Kohl’s to raise money for children’s charities.

To date, the Kohl’s Cares program has raised nearly $300 million through it’s special merchandise program.

To reinforce the company’s commitment to children’s health, Kohl’s has donated financial support to hospitals across the country. The donations fund hospital outreach programs focused on children’s health initiatives and address the specific issues needed most in each hospital’s community. These tailored programs provide vital resources to families at no cost and include topics such as injury prevention, asthma awareness, dental care, and fitness.

I an honored to support a program that does so much for children in need.

Every few months Kohl’s Cares puts out books, plush animals and other fun merchandise for both children and adults. You can find the products on the Kohl’s website (search for Kohl’s Cares). You can also find the products near the checkout area.

Each Kohl’s Cares product sells for $5.00. What I love is that Kohl’s Cares usually puts out delightful children’s books (many of them classics) and matching plush animals. Each costs $5.00 (they are not sold in sets). For $10 you can have a wonderful hardcover book and a snugly soft plush to give to your child/grandchild or as a gift to another child. At the same time funds from your Kohl’s Care purchases is going to support children’s charities. It’s a win-win situation all around.

I have been an avid fan of the Kohl’s Cares program for years now. Some items I have purchased for me and/or my family. Some I have given as gifts. And often I have donated books, toys and plush to where I work.

Here are some of my personal favorites from over the years.

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I like to display the book/plush combo on one of our bookcases. I switch them up very few weeks.

Growing up I was an avid reader, and I loved plush animals. That love has carried into my adult years. That is why I enjoy displaying books/plush that were mine, or my kid’s, favorites.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is NOT a Kohl's Care product.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is NOT a Kohl’s Care product.

You can see some of the Kohl’s Cares products I have donated to where I worked too. Remember, Kohl’s Cares sells other products (not just books and plush). You’ll see one example, a puzzle, pictured below.

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The Disney books in the middle area are Kohl’s Cares books.

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Currently the Kohl’s Cares program is selling Clifford the Big Red Dog books and plush animals. I love Clifford! He was a favorite of mine when I was younger. My kids also enjoyed reading Clifford books and watching him on television.

Did you know that the late actor, John Ritter, was the voice of Clifford for a while? It’s such a shame that he had to die so young.

I LOVE the plush toys! They are not only adorable (and look just like the characters) but they are super soft and snugly. They are also a decent size (they are not little), making them idea for little hands to carry around.

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What would be better than having a Clifford the Big Red Dog book read to you (Kohl’s Cares has four to choose from) all while cuddling a snugly friend at bedtime.

As I mentioned earlier, Kohl’s Cares sells other products as well. Currently available is this fun coloring set.

I received the coloring set to review. It contains a variety of books (coloring book, activity book, doodle book), stickers and crayons. I had taken pictures of it but I can’t seem to find them.

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All that for only $5.00 AND it helps children’s charities too.

There is also a super adorable Clifford the Big Red Dog backpack – idea for a child just starting school. I received one to review too and I can’t find those pictures either (all of the picture were together). I have since donated it to a local charity so I no longer have it to take photos of (I filled it with back to school supplies).

If you would like to learn more about the Kohl’s Cares products, or to find a Kohl’s location near you, visit Kohls.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

Now would be a great time to stock up for holiday gifts or upcoming children’s birthdays. You can’t beat a quality stuff animal and hardcover book combination for only $10 ($5 each). The books alone are more than half off what you would pay for them elsewhere (I found one of the book on Amazon for $13+).

Have you ever purchased a Kohl’s Cares product?

What do you think about the program? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. Often I buy additional pieces to give as gifts or donate. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Fun books for grown ups from Parragon

 

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Summer time is a great time to catch up on all the reading you have been meaning to do the rest of the year.

If you are still in need of something wonderful to read, you should check out what is available from Parragon.

Parragon publishes a variety of children’s and adult books including popular characters like Disney and Pixar, to cookbooks, craft books, and my personal favorite – adult coloring books.

Adult coloring books have become so popular the last year or so. I have to laugh a bit when I think about it. My husband and I have been coloring to relax and for the enjoyment of it for 20 years. Yes, my husband colors and he’s not afraid to admit it either. I tend to go for cute pictures where he is more likely to color scenery.

Parragon has a lot of beautiful adult coloring books available, as well as children’s coloring and activity books.

If you are new to adult coloring books, or would like to give one as a gift, a great option would be this book – The Coloring Book of Positivity: Creative Patterns to Energize You.

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This book comes with an attached pencil case filled with a nice variety of colored pencils and a sharpener. This is perfect for “on the go” or even leaving in your desk at work so you can get some coloring in on your downtime or lunch break.

I personally like that the pencil case is attached. It’s very handy. The pencil sharpener is a nice touch too.

Inside your’ll find plenty of bold designs and patterns. Each page is perforated so that you can easily tear it out and frame your masterpieces.

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You could even use markers to color in this book if that is your medium of choice. I bounce around between markers and colored pencils, depending on the details in the piece and whether or not I want bold colors or more subdued colors.

Another fun option is this small, pocket sized, coloring book. It would fit perfectly in a backpack, purse or tote bag. You could even put it in your car’s glove compartment so you have it handy if you have to wait a long time in a doctor’s office or something along those lines.

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The book looks bigger in the photo, but it’s no “taller” than our remote control for our TV.

Inside you’ll find plenty of images of critters to color, including insects.

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I like that most images are easy enough to color so you can color them quickly. Even children could easily color these images.

If you enjoy coloring animals/critters, check out this other adult coloring book available from Parragon – Animal Wonders. Coloring Book 3

Some of the animals in this book are a bit odd looking (for lack of a better word). None the less they are still fun to color.

I like that there are inspirational quotes found on the pages too, making these great to frame and put up on your wall (or give as a gift).

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If coloring is not your thing, Parragon has other unique books worth checking out.

Are you a fan of cocktails and mixed drinks? Do you host a lot of parties? If so, you might be interested in this book – The Art of Mixology.

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This is a recipe book for cocktails and other beverage concoctions including classics like Whiskey Sour and Moscow Mule to more interesting drinks like “First Night” and “Beagle.”

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There are plenty of recipes to choose from. They even include images and recommendations for the type of serving glass to use.

There are dozens of recipe in here I have never heard of before, but they sound interesting. Most are made with easy to find ingredients too.

Our daughter keep talking about becoming a bartender when she’s older. She wants to keep this book for herself. Considering she’s got a few years to go before she’s the legal drinking age, I’ll keep this in MY bookcase for the time being.

If you are into Whiskey, Parragon has the Ultimate Book of Whiskey. Whiskey is good, but I am not a Whiskey connoisseur by any means.

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I’m not sure what I’ll do with this book. I might donate it to our local library.

I used to work with a gentleman that would have loved this book, but he’s long since retired and he moved away.

As you can see, Parragon has plenty of books for adults.

If you would like to learn more visit Parragon.com. You can also check them out on social media.

Many Parragon titles are available at Amazon.com.

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Kimberly

*I received free copies to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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