[Book Talk] The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

the-boundlessBook Details:

Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Read: January 2017

Synopsis:

All aboard for an action-packed escapade from the internationally bestselling author of Airborne and the Silverwing trilogy.

The Boundless, the greatest train ever built, is on its maiden voyage across the country, and first-class passenger Will Everett is about to embark on the adventure of his life!

When Will ends up in possession of the key to a train car containing priceless treasures, he becomes the target of sinister figures from his past.

In order to survive, Will must join a traveling circus, enlisting the aid of Mr. Dorian, the ringmaster and leader of the troupe, and Maren, a girl his age who is an expert escape artist. With villains fast on their heels, can Will and Maren reach Will’s father and save The Boundless before someone winds up dead?

My Thoughts

I remember buying this book not only because it was by Canadian author, Kenneth Oppel, but also because it was absolutely beautiful! My son loved looking at this book while I read it because it features a train on the gorgeous cover, as well as a train on the inside of the front and back covers. I loved the book because it had a built in bookmark. How do all books not have this already? It was genius! I had to train myself to use a bookmark once I finished and started my next book which, sadly, did NOT have a built in bookmark.

Anyway, this was a lot of fun, though my attention did wander while reading it. I’m not sure what it was but I just wasn’t totally invested in reading this book. I did enjoy the story, with the train, the circus, the adventure; but when I put it down I was clamouring for something else to read. The one thing I really did love was its focus on Canada and the history of the railroad in Canada. I have not only traveled on our VIA Rail, but also went to an IMAX presentation of the Canadian Railway and it was absolutely fascinating. As I read this book, I wanted to see if I could find that IMAX video to watch because really, who doesn’t love trains?

I think my issues with this book were only slightly with the writing (which seemed different from his previous series I had read) but also with the age it was targeted to. I love a good middle grade book, but I guess they just can’t hold my interest now. However, this was still a fun adventure and an interesting read. It made me long to take a train ride through the Canadian rockies and prairies! And it’s going to be so pretty on my shelf, too.

Review: Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween by Melanie Watt

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scaredy squirrel prepares for halloweenTitle: Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween
Author:
Melanie Watt
Series:
Scaredy Squirrel
Genre:
Picture book
Source:
Won from Publisher (Hardcover)

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From costume ideas to trick-or-treating strategies, Scaredy Squirrel helps readers plan for the spookiest night of the year! Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween is the second in a series of nutty safety guides featuring everyone’s favorite worrywart.

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If there’s one thing I love, it’s Scaredy Squirrel. Really, I think he’s Canada’s most loved squirrel. Especially when you think about the real life squirrels who run around — they can be a nuisance (like when they come down your chimney. But that’s a story for another day.)!

Whenever I see books about Scaredy preparing for an event, like Christmas or Halloween, I nod in agreement. With Halloween, especially, there are PLENTY of things to be scared about. Not only do you have monsters frolicking about, the threat of zombies and vampires, but there are also plenty of SAFETY hazards one should be concerned about.

And, like any good emergency plan, it’s always good to have that final bit of advice: If all else fails, play dead.

This book was so much fun. I’m a huge lover of Halloween, so it was fun to see Scaredy getting in the Halloween spirit, letting his readers know about safety hazards, candy hazards, and just plain scary hazards. This is the perfect kind of book to share with your kids because it’s a fun way to introduce them to the holiday and let them know that there are actual dangers that can exist out there (even if vampires and zombies aren’t really real).

Another great addition to the Scaredy Squirrel series, this one is fun for families of all ages!

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Review: Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Melanie Watt

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scaredy squirrel goes campingTitle: Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping
Author:
Melanie Watt
Series:
Scaredy Squirrel
Date(s) read:
March 4, 2013
Genre:
Picture book
Source:
Publisher / Netgalley

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Scaredy Squirrel is not too comfortable with the idea of camping ? unless it’s on his couch! There will be no mosquitoes, skunks or zippers to worry about when he watches a show about the joys of camping on his brand-new TV. But first Scaredy must find an electrical outlet, and that means going into the woods! Will the nutty worrywart’s plans prepare him for the great outdoors, or will his adventure end up as a scary story told around the campfire?

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Thank you to Kids Can Press and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for review!

I absolutely LOVE Scaredy Squirrel, so when I saw this book up on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it! I’ve read all of the books in the series and find myself smiling with each one. Scaredy Squirrel is the cutest little character and offers wonderful advice to ALL readers.

As usual, the drawings and colours are spot on! Melanie Watt is a wonderful artist and I love all of her renditions of this little squirrel. The idea of him going camping was fun since camping is SUCH a dangerous activity and we all know that our little squirrel doesn’t like any activity that might be dangerous (I mean, those zippers can be VERY hazardous!).  Continue reading