Book Review: D’Arnold finds a home by Teah Lytywn

Before I begin, I’m not entirely sure what the rules are for stating if a post is sponsored or not,and as much as this may sound like a sponsored review, I am receiving nothing from reviewing the following book. I purchased a copy of my own, and did not get anything in return for covering it. The reason I am covering it will be posted in the review. Thank you. 

Rating 4.5/5

Author/Illustrator: Teah Lytwyn

“Unloved and lonely, D’Arnold sets out to find the attention he desperately craves. After an accident causes him to lose his leg, D’Arnold is sure he’ll be alone forever. But with the help of some new friends, he’s able to move past the struggle to find the perfect home waiting for him.”

So last week I had hinted that I would be covering a book this week, which if you had figured it out was Harry Potter. I promise I will get around to it, but I’ve had a few books hit my radar that are more important to cover.

The program I am in for school has a requirement that students put on a year-long project. That can mean a lot of different things, but a number of students decided to write books, and I offered to review some of their books for them.

The first one we have is actually the first kid’s book that I’ve ever reviewed, and it’s called D’Arnold finds a home.

I’ve seen this book come from being just an idea to being finished and printed, but trust me, that’s not skewing my review at all.

It’s a cute little story about a dog, and we all know how awesome dogs are, am I right?

I know if I asked Teah if she considered herself an artist she’d probably laugh in my face before saying no, but she’s done a good job at using a simplistic art style effectively to portray her story.

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I think the simple art style fits the story very well.

What I found to be the best part of the book though is the story. Because it is based on the true story of D’Arnold, I found myself being that much more attached throughout the whole thing than I think I would have been if it were made up.

Not to spoil any of the book, but an animal losing a leg, or having some other physical handicap, isn’t something a lot of pet owners have to worry about, but it is a reality for some.

I honestly think that D’Arnold’s story is a great way to teach kids about taking care of animals, and about animals that might have some physical issues.

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Teah has done a good job at using the shorter story that comes with a kid’s book, and used it to tell a complete story, that keeps the reader’s attention the whole time and can teach them an important lesson.

Before I begin, I’m not entirely sure what the rules are for stating if a post is sponsored or not,and as much as this may sound like a sponsored review, I am receiving nothing from reviewing the following book. I purchased a copy of my own, and did not get anything in return for covering it. The reason I am covering it will be posted in the review. Thank you. 

If you or somebody you know might be interested in buying D’Arnold finds a home, whether it’s for your kids, or maybe a daycare your kids go to, feel free to reach out to me, I would be more than happy to pass her info along to you. 

Not sure what book is coming next week, but it will likely be another classmate’s story, so stay tuned!

Weekly Recap

In case you missed any of this week’s posts here they are:

Monday

Book Review: The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-time

Tuesday

Type it out Tuesday: January 1

Wednesday

Wednesday News: January 2

Thursday: Thursday Thoughts

Thursday Thoughts: 2019’s Reading Goals

Friday: Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: January 4

Quote of the Day: January 4

“Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are.”
Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Book Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

Author: Mark Haddon

Rating: 3/5

Honestly it took me a while to figure out what to say about this book. I read it a few years ago, and  it only took me a few days, but I didn’t feel satisfied with it when I was done.

I enjoyed the beginning of the book, and was pretty sold on it being a good book until the end. I don’t really have a specific reason for it, but I just didn’t really like the ending that much. I guess i was unsatisfied with it.

The book has a really interesting concept, and I’ve never read a book that was from the persepctive of someone with a behavioral disorder. Despite that, I thought it did a really good job.

My whole life I’ve interacted with people that have Autism or Aspergers, so I’ve had some experience with those, and I thought this book did a really good job of putting the reader into the mind of someone with a behavioral disorder.

The book follows Christopher, a 15-year-old boy with an unspecified behavioral disorder as he investigates the killing of his neighbour’s dog, despite his father telling him to stay out of other people’s business.

It’s a bit of a mystery novel, but at the same time we get to see Christopher’s life and how he interacts with the world around him.

Seeing the world through the eyes of someone with a  behavioral disorder isn’t something I’d ever thought about really, but that was one aspect of the book that I really enjoyed.

I’d really enjoy reading another book like this, but I understand that it can be a bit of a slippery slope if the author isn’t careful about how they portray their character.

Next week I’m gonna take a look at a book about a man and his monsterous other half.

Since it’s New Years I want to hear what everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions are. If I get 5 I’ll make a tweet about what mine is.

Channel Update

Alright so I originally started this blog as a school assignment but I really started to like it and spent some free time during the term figuring out whether or not I should take the blog full time, and how I would be able to do that.

Well good news is I figured out how I can do both of those. I’ve got new ideas for the blog and plan on updating it every day, but I’m not guarenteeing anything with school going on.

So here is the updated schedule of what the posts will look like:

Monday: Book Review

Tuesday: Type it Out Tuesdays (post different writing prompts for people     interested in writing themselves)

Wednesday: Book related news (books being adapted to movies/tv shows, new books coming out, etc.)

Thursday: Thursday Thoughts (different thoughts I have on book related things ex. My Top 10s, Book related life stories, seasonal book topics, writing challenges etc.)

Friday: Quote of the Day (from the book I reviewed that week)

Saturday/Sunday: Taking a break to relax

I also have some channel updates coming out too. I want to update the books I’ve read/want to read  and throw in alphabetical shortcuts so it’s easier to find the author.

I’m also gonna make a Facebook group book club so theres an easier platform for more people to chat about a book. The book club will be one book a month to start instead of every week.

I’m also going to update some pictures and minor pages on the blog itself.

I hope everyone is as excited as I am for this update.

Book Review: Where the Red Fern Grows

Hey everybody! Back for another Book Review today. 

Today we are gonna take a look at a book called Where the Red Fern Grows.

It’s an older book, that I read when I was a kid probably 10 or so years ago, but it is FANTASTIC!

This also happens to be the first book that ever made me cry, ( Yes I admit it). 

I also remember this book being one of the first books that I stayed up all night to read.

I remember it was a school assignment to read this book, and we had to read a few chapters for every class. I followed that rule at first, up until the book got really good. 

After that I’m pretty sure I finished 3/4 of the book in one night. It’s not an overly long book, so finishing it wasn’t hard, and sitting in class doing nothing while our teacher gave us time to read it was pretty sweet at the time too.

It’s a great book for kids, and has a pretty good theme of hard work and determination in it.

It’s about a boy named Billy and his two dogs Old Dan and Little Ann. Billy works for two years today for Old Dan and Little Ann. The rest of the book is about their hard work to become the best racoon hunters they can. 

Where the Red Fern Grows isn’t just about Billy’s determination, but also a good look at the lifestyle of the 1920’s. 

I remember crying so much through this book, and even today I tear up thinking of Old Dan and Little Ann. I also loaned this to my [then] children’s librarian, because the library copy was always out. I even marked the pages, “Get out tissue here.”
— DeAnn Okamura

Now this all sounds pretty happy and cheery, so why did it make me cry?

Well…I really don’t want to give anything away because then you wouldn’t read the book, but what I can say is BRING TISSUES. You’ll cry. A lot. 

Whats one book you remember staying up late reading under the covers? Let me know in the comments or send me an email! I love hearing from you guys.

Verdict: Definitely worth a read. It’s short and sweet, and despite being a book meant for kids, it’s still a good story for any adult too. 

Next week I’m gonna take a look at a book series I have ongoing at the moment.

The Hint: It was recently picked up by Amazon to become a t.v. show.