Hide and Seek by R. D. Ornot

Arriba, Abajo, DetrásHide and seek

Sinopsis

An interactive concept book about positional prepositions that’s loads of fun!

Bear, Fox and Owl are playing hide-and-seek! They take turns counting to ten, then shouting “Ready or not, here I come!” When Fox finds Bear INSIDE the castle and Owl ON the slide, Bear hugs them both. When Owl spots Bear BEHIND the climbing wall and Fox UNDER the bench, Bear hugs them again! But when Fox and Owl are not BETWEEN the swings, AMONG the trees or THROUGH the tunnel, Bear is the one who needs a hug. Will Fox and Owl help their friend?

BESIDE, IN, OVER and beyond! Kids will love finding so many new places!

Opinión

“Ready or not, here I come!”

Oso le propone a Zorro jugar al escondite y mientras este último cuenta hasta diez, Oso y Búho deberán esconderse bien.

Hide and seek es un libro interactivo basado en el juego tan conocido del mismo nombre y al que todos hemos jugado alguna vez.

En este caso, mientras leen y juegan al Hide and seek aprenderán a contar y las preposiciones de lugar de forma divertida.

Las preposiciones están muy bien indicadas en cada dibujo. Es un libro didáctico y bonito en el que además se aprecia la buena relación entre los que juegan.

5/5

Puedes comprarlo en el siguiente enlace: Hide and Seek

Wizzy Willow’s First Day at School by Billie Rayatt

Primer día de cole

Whizzy Willow’s First Day at School

Sinopsis

Whizzy Willow is a young boy, and he can cause mayhem wherever he goes because he loves whizzing around. What obstacles will he encounter on his first day at school?

Opinión

Whizzy Willow es un niño árbol, revoltoso y juguetón. Es su primer día de colegio y está nervioso. Su inquietud va en aumento a medida que se acercan al lugar. Le preocupa sobre todo si hará nuevos amigos. Su madre no deja de decirle que irá todo bien, que disfrute del día y sus colores, y de todas las cosas bonitas que le rodean.

Es un libro precioso, con el cual los niños podrán pasar un rato muy entretenido mientras lo leen. Wizzy Willow’s First Day at School despierta la curiosidad y el interés. Les muestra qué es el cole y las diferentes actividades que pueden realizar con sus compañeros de clase. Cómo se organizan y un poco sobre las normas, usos y costumbres que deben seguir en cada momento.

Un texto amplio con vocabulario muy variado

El texto es amplio teniendo en cuenta el público al que va destinado, pero sencillo de comprender tanto si están aprendiendo a leer como si es de los primeros textos que leen. Muy atractivo y lleno de color, con vocabulario nuevo y variado.

Me ha encantado ver la diversidad de la clase. Hay niños de diferentes razas y hasta Whizzy y el profesor que son árboles. Creo que emplea recursos visuales sencillos pero llamativos mediante los que explicar a los niños una gran variedad de temas como la diversidad e inclusión.

4/5

Puedes comprarlo en el siguiente enlace: Whizzy Willow’s First Day at School

You then, Me now by Nick Alexander

Un amor inconcluso en las Islas Griegas

You Then, Me Now

Sinopsis

She’s given her daughter everything. Now it’s time to give her the truth.

Becky’s father is not just absent: he’s a mystery, a gaping hole in her past. He died before she was born and for her mother, Laura, the subject is strictly off-limits. But when Laura books an unexpected trip to Greece, Becky decides to join her, determined to get closer to her mother—and to the truth.

As they make their way to the beautiful island of Santorini, it becomes clear that this holiday is not as impulsive as Becky thought. Laura’s hiding something from her daughter—and she’s been hiding it for as long as Becky can remember. Laura has been here before, and that last visit holds the answers to Becky’s past.

But Laura’s memories of that first trip are tinged with pain and heartbreak, secrets she’s kept buried for twenty-five years. Now, with the truth emerging into the sunlight at last, can mother and daughter lay the ghosts of their past to rest and find the happiness they’ve both been looking for?

Opinión

“I had known from the earliest age how it felt to be aware that you never quite knew someone, because that’s how things were for me, too. Because the one subject I wasn’t allowed to discuss was my father, […] Mostly, when I tried to discuss in my clumsy, childlike way who my father was or, more precisely, why I didn’t have one, Mum would distract me by talking about something else. Other times she’d ward me off with a few sharp words or a sudden headache or simply silence, as if she hadn’t heard my question at all”.

Una historia de amor inconclusa e inolvidable, secretos, verdades contadas a medias, el pasado que regresa una y otra vez sin dar un respiro, con Las Islas Griegas como telón de fondo.

El resultado no podría haber sido mejor. Es una novela bonita y especial, escrita con mucha sensibilidad y delicadeza, lo que demuestra una vez más, la gran capacidad de este autor para ponerse en la piel de una mujer y ser capaz de transmitir en pocas palabras, su forma de pensar, sentir y reaccionar en cada momento. Es una historia sencilla pero cargada de sentimiento.

Secretos que entorpecen la relación

Contada en primera persona, Laura y Becky nos hablan de sus vidas respectivas. Laura, madre soltera siempre agobiada por sacar adelante a su hija ella sola y Becky, con la necesidad constante de saber quién era su padre o al menos tener más detalles sobre la relación que tenía este con su madre. Siente que nadie, incluida ella, ha sido capaz de llegar al corazón de Laura y esto no hace más que provocarle sentimientos encontrados hacia su madre y mucha impotencia.

Una historia que te atrapa y mantiene pegada a sus páginas de principio a fin. Con los sentimientos a flor de piel y esa sensación de que en cualquier momento pasará algo inesperado, pero no sabes qué ni cuándo, aunque lo intuyes.

Reflexiones interesantes sobre la sociedad actual

Me ha gustado mucho como el autor nos invita a reflexionar sobre la vida en general, el amor, la religión, la economía, la cultura, las costumbres y forma de vida de cada lugar. Sobre las oportunidades que se nos brindan una y otra vez sin que seamos realmente conscientes de ello.

A la vez, ha sido una experiencia muy gratificante recorrer esta parte de Grecia tan bonita y tener una visión global sobre la vida allí, cómo ha cambiado a lo largo de los años y como les ha afectado la crisis y el turismo despiadado que invade sus ciudades. Es un tema que toca por encima, pero que refleja de forma certera la situación y la forma de sentir de los griegos.

5/5

Puedes comprarla en el siguiente enlace: You Then, Me Now

Besos de sol, abrazos de luna by Susan Schaefer Bernardo

Una historia que ayuda a los niños a superar situaciones traumáticas

Besos de sol, abrazos de luna

Sinopsis

Besos de sol, abrazos de luna is a Spanish-English bilingual version of Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs, a beautiful picture book with a simple but powerful message: love lasts forever. Lyrical writing and delightful illustrations provide perfect bedtime reading for any child.

The book is also ideal for supporting children through grief, separation anxiety, divorce, illness, moving or other traumatic situations, by wrapping them in a warm and comforting emotional security blanket and opening a dialogue on the nature of love. Even when loved ones cannot be with us, we can feel their presence through our deep connections to the natural world.

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs has received glowing testimonials from parents, librarians, social workers, teachers, hospice caregivers…and most importantly, kids.Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs is a Gold Medal winner of the International Publishers Award, and a featured title in the LeVar Burton Kids Skybrary app.Reading Besos de sol, abrazos de luna together is a wonderful way to introduce children to the joy of reading while simultaneously growing their proficiency in both Spanish and English.

This is also a wonderful bridge book for dual-language households, and a way for families to stay connected across the miles. Parallel text written in both Spanish and English, accompanied by colorful and engaging illustrations, is ideal for English language learners and ESL or Spanish language immersion pre-school and primary classrooms. The boo­k was selected as a Child’s Grief Awareness Day book-of-the-month, and also featured three years in a row for Children’s Multicultural Book Day.

Opinión

Besos de sol, abrazos de luna/ Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs es una historia que aunque infantil, me ha llegado dentro y conmovido mucho. Quizás se deba a la calidez y al amor que desprenden las ilustraciones o al texto que es directo, sencillo pero envolvente. Hacen que en conjunto sea una lectura muy bonita y placentera. Que transmite un mensaje muy esperanzador. 

“Whenever I miss you, I will find a way to hug and kiss you”

Esta historia aborda la separación desde una perspectiva más amable y bonita. Se explica a los niños, de forma muy especial, empleando analogías que puedan entender, lo que es el amor. Cómo, si este es fuerte y sincero pueden darlo y recibirlo siempre, sin importar la distancia ni el momento y que les acompañará allí donde estén para que puedan sentirse queridos y arropados por las personas que los quieren, aunque no siempre las puedan ver.

Transmite un mensaje esperanzador

Besos de sol, abrazos de luna/ Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs es un libro precioso y muy útil aplicable a diferentes situaciones, ya sea la muerte, una enfermedad o una separación. Cualquier situación traumática o que resulta difícil de abordar o tratar sobre todo con los niños.

Y el hecho de que esté escrito en inglés y español a la vez, con una traducción excelente, lo hace más que recomendable. 

5/5

Puedes comprarlo en el siguiente enlace:  Besos de Sol, Abrazos de Luna / Sun kisses, Moon Hugs

The Awfulizer: Learning to Overcome the Shame Game by Kristin Maher

Un libro imprescindible contra las emociones negativas

The Awfulizer

Sinopsis

In The Awfulizer: Learning to Overcome the Shame Game, author Kristin Maher gives shame a name and face, showing just how real and big it can be for children; how it keeps them feeling isolated and alone, and makes them question their self-worth. I feel like theres a monster in my head. And all he does is say awful things to me. He tells me all the things I am doing wrong and how I am wrong, and it makes me sad and scared.

Shame is a powerful emotion for children, and when they get sucked into the Shame Game and start believing lies about themselves that they don’t just MAKE mistakes, but they ARE a mistake their world can become a dark place.

Opinión

James es un niño lleno de energía y vitalidad, al que le gusta jugar con su hermana y compañeros en el cole. Pero un día, sin previo aviso todo cambia. Deja de participar en clase, se muestra callado y ensimismado. Ya no participa en los juegos con los demás ni con su hermana. 

Todos se preocupan y le preguntan si está bien a lo que siempre contesta que si. Sin embargo no lo está. Desde hace unos días a todas partes le acompaña The Awfulizer. Un monstruo que ha llegado para hacer su vida cada vez más triste y difícil.

“I may make a mistake, but that doesn’t mean I am a mistake!”

Da igual lo bueno que James sea o las cosas buenas que haga, The Awfulizer se encarga de recordarle solo las cosas que ha hecho mal. Su objetivo es hacerle sentir vergüenza en cada momento. Que se avergüence de quién es y de las cosas que hace. Anularlo como persona y que aunque se de cuenta de que algo está pasando, no sea capaz de reaccionar. Es un monstruo invisible, que te desarma antes de atacar.

Me ha encantado la idea de ponerle nombre y cara a ese amigo invisible que llega a nuestras vidas para hacérnosla más difícil y minarnos la moral, hasta que no seamos más que una sombra de nosotros mismos, me ha parecido muy original. Una forma muy interesante y especial de presentarnos el problema.

Cómo plantarle cara a la vergüenza

Todos en algún momento de nuestras vidas hemos pasado por esta situación y es, además, algo que puede repetirse independientemente de la edad que tengamos. Sentir vergüenza y avergonzarse de uno mismo, no es algo inherente solo a los niños.

The Awfulizer: Learning to Overcome the Shame Game es mucho más que un libro infantil. Nos da herramientas e ideas sobre cómo combatir las emociones negativas, sean estas las que sean y además a plantarle cara a todo lo imaginario que nos hace perder la autoestima, a sobreponernos a la vergüenza y aprender a ser mejores personas. 

Creo que es un libro que todos deberíamos tener a mano en casa. Una lectura que he disfrutado mucho, con unas ilustraciones muy bonitas y que nos hablan por si solas del contenido del libro. Y aunque en principio es un libro infantil, creo que es apto para todo tipo de público, un imprescindible. 

5/5

Puedes comprarlo en el siguiente enlace: The Awfulizer

Novedades de septiembre

Recibimos septiembre y el final del verano con buenas lecturas

septiembre

Y estas son algunas de las publicaciones  de este mes. Lecturas que nos animan y ayudan a hacer la vuelta a la rutina un poco más llevadera.

American Royals by Katharine McGee–1 sep

American Royals

This is the story of the most famous family in the world, who play out their family dramas on the greatest stage of all. 

This is the story of the American royals.

They may spend their days in excess glamour, getting into trouble with boys they definitely shouldn’t be with, but that doesn’t mean life is easy for the women of the Washington family.

Fake showmances, wild parties, secret liaisons and a constant battle to be the literal Queen B are only a part of their day.

Remember to keep your friends close, and your enemies closer at the most glorious court in the world.

Crazy Rich Asians meets Gossip Girl in this completely addictive and gloriously fun modern-day royal fairytale.

 

Letters to a Stranger by Mercedes Pinto Maldonado–1 sep

Letters to a Stranger

Her family is built on secrets and lies. Can she confront the truth she’s been running from for years?

Fifteen years ago, Berta fled from Madrid to London to escape the controlling mother who made her childhood a living nightmare. Now, following her mother’s death, she is forced to return and face the ghosts of her unhappy past.

But it is not long before she discovers that her own bleak memories are nothing compared to the dark deception lurking in her family. How did her sister’s loveless marriage really end? And is the loyal housekeeper really hiding the truth about the strange disappearance of Berta’s father?

As she searches for facts among the fiction, Berta finds a handful of letters that reveal a story more twisted than she could ever have imagined. And as she starts piecing together the sinister family mysteries that have always plagued her, it soon becomes clear that these dangerous secrets are not confined to the past…

The Paris Orphan by Natasha Lester3 sept

The Paris Orphan

New York City/Paris, 1942: When American model Jessica May arrives in Europe to cover the war as a photojournalist for Vogue, most of the soldiers are determined to make her life as difficult as possible. But three friendships change that. Journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules. Captain Dan Hallworth keeps her safe in dangerous places so she can capture the stories that truly matter. And most important of all, the love of a little orphan named Victorine gives Jess strength to do the impossible. But her success will come at a price…

France, 2005: Decades after World War II, D’Arcy Hallworth arrives at a beautiful chateau to curate a collection of famous wartime photos by a reclusive artist. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but D’Arcy has no idea that this job will uncover decades of secrets that, once revealed, will change everything she thought she knew about her mother, Victorine, and alter D’Arcy’s life forever.

Well Met by Jen DeLucca–3 sept

Well Met

All’s faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author Jen DeLuca.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying? 

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.

The Year I Left by Christine Brae–3 sept

The Year I LeftCarin Frost doesn’t understand what’s happening to her. A confident businesswoman, wife, and mother, she begins to resent everything about her life. Nothing makes sense. Nothing makes her feel. Maybe it’s the recent loss of her mother in a tragic accident. Or maybe she’s just losing her mind.

Enter Matias Torres. As their new business partnership thrives, so does their friendship—and his interest in her. Carin is determined to keep her distance, until a work assignment sends them to Southeast Asia where a storm is brewing on the island. In the midst of the chaos, Matias asks her to do something unimaginable, exhilarating, BOLD. Carin knows the consequences could be dire, but it may be the only way to save herself.

An honest look at love and marriage and the frailties of the human heart, this is a story of a woman’s loss of self and purpose and the journey she takes to find her way back.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow–10 sep

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

EVERY STORY OPENS A DOOR

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored and utterly out of place.

But her quiet existence is shattered when she stumbles across a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page reveals more impossible truths about the world, and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

The Institute by Stephen King–10 sep

The Institute

Deep in the woods of Maine, there is a dark state facility where kids, abducted from across the United States, are incarcerated. In the Institute they are subjected to a series of tests and procedures meant to combine their exceptional gifts – telepathy, telekinesis – for concentrated effect.

Luke Ellis is the latest recruit. He’s just a regular 12-year-old, except he’s not just smart, he’s super-smart. And he has another gift which the Institute wants to use…

Far away in a small town in South Carolina, former cop Tim Jamieson has taken a job working for the local sheriff. He’s basically just walking the beat. But he’s about to take on the biggest case of his career.

Back in the Institute’s downtrodden playground and corridors where posters advertise ‘just another day in paradise’, Luke, his friend Kalisha and the other kids are in no doubt that they are prisoners, not guests. And there is no hope of escape.

But great events can turn on small hinges and Luke is about to team up with a new, even younger recruit, Avery Dixon, whose ability to read minds is off the scale. While the Institute may want to harness their powers for covert ends, the combined intelligence of Luke and Avery is beyond anything that even those who run the experiments – even the infamous Mrs Sigsby – suspect.

Thrilling, suspenseful, heartbreaking, THE INSTITUTE is a stunning novel of childhood betrayed and hope regained.

His Secret Family by Ali Mercer–11 sept

His Secret FamilyIt’s a beautiful day for a wedding. White roses scent the air and the summer sunlight streams in. A spoon chimes against a champagne flute and the room falls silent. And there he is – my husband – getting to his feet to propose a toast. He’s still handsome. His new wife is next to him, gazing upwards, oblivious.

I’m not supposed to be here. All these years in the same town and I had no idea until I saw his name on the seating plan. He lived with me, once. Loved me. Small-town memories are long, but the people in this room don’t want to remember.

They say the healing is in letting go, but after what he did, he needs to know we haven’t gone away just because he’s shut his eyes.

So I take Daisy by the hand and step forward from the shadows. He notices us and his eyes widen. The champagne glass falls from his hand and smashes. Then he sags forward, making a terrible sound – a sort of strangled scream…

My Name is Eva by Suzanne Goldring–11 sept

My Name is EvaYou can pay a terrible price for keeping a promise…

Evelyn Taylor-Clarke sits in her chair at Forest Lawns Care Home in the heart of the English countryside, surrounded by residents with minds not as sharp as hers. It would be easy to dismiss Evelyn as a muddled old woman, but her lipstick is applied perfectly, and her buttons done up correctly. Because Evelyn is a woman with secrets and Evelyn remembers everything. She can never forget the promise she made to the love of her life, to discover the truth about the mission that led to his death, no matter what it cost her…

When Evelyn’s niece Pat opens an old biscuit tin to find a photo of a small girl with a red ball entitled ‘Liese, 1951’ and a passport in another name, she has some questions for her aunt. And Evelyn is transported back to a place in Germany known as ‘The Forbidden Village,’ where a woman who called herself Eva went where no one else dared, amongst shivering prisoners, to find the man who gambled with her husband’s life…

Postscript by Cecelia Ahern–19 sept

PostscriptIt’s been seven years since Holly Kennedy’s husband died – six since she read his final letter, urging Holly to find the courage to forge a new life.

She’s proud of all the ways in which she has grown and evolved. But when a group inspired by Gerry’s letters, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, approaches Holly asking for help, she finds herself drawn back into a world that she worked so hard to leave behind.

Reluctantly, Holly begins a relationship with the club, even as their friendship threatens to destroy the peace she believes she has achieved. As each of these people calls upon Holly to help them leave something meaningful behind for their loved ones, Holly will embark on a remarkable journey – one that will challenge her to ask whether embracing the future means betraying the past, and what it means to love someone forever…

Pretty Guilty Women by Gina LaManna–24 sep

Pretty Guilty WomenYou are cordially invited to the wedding of the year, at the famously luxurious Serenity Spa & Resort on the Californian coast . . .

Ginger is an overworked, under-pampered mother of three who’s barely holding the family together when she learns a secret about her daughter that could ruin everything.

Lulu is a wealthy retiree with four ex-husbands, and a fifth on the way.

Emily harbours a dark secret, which she’s become expert at forgetting with the help of a bottle of wine.

Kate is a powerhouse lawyer with her life in order – except for one little problem that won’t go away.

Only twenty-four hours later a man is found murdered.

All Detective Ramone knows for certain is that these four women sit calmly across from him, offering four very different confessions, each insisting they acted alone.

Why would they confess to the same crime? Only they know the answer – and they’re not telling.

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring–24 sep

The Tenth Girl

A haunted Argentinian mansion. 

A family curse. 

A twist you’ll never see coming. 

Welcome to Vaccaro School.

Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.

At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.

Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored… and one of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence.

 Her Missing Child–26 sep

Her Missing ChildWhen Darren Lucas returns home from work, he finds an unusual silence in his normally loud and chaotic family home. His wife Claire sits in unwashed pyjamas, surrounded by piles of laundry. But the silence isn’t just from her. It’s from their six-month-old son Finlay’s room too. There are no shrieks of laughter, no calls for ‘Daddy’ as the front door closes. Instead, as Darren peers into his son’s bedroom, he sees nothing except Finlay’s beloved teddy bear lying on the bed. There’s no sign of Finlay at all.

Detective Jessie Blake is called to the family’s home and she soon senses something isn’t right with the couple. Darren is avoiding making eye contact and Claire seems disconnected – completely unable to account for the last few hours of her afternoon.

Friends rally round the young family, as a search of the small Scottish village begins and it’s not long before Jessie and her team make a devastating find. Buried deep in the undergrowth of a local woodland lies Finlay’s tiny body.

As Jessie begins to piece together the last few hours of Finlay’s life, she uncovers some big secrets in the small community. But who took the little boy? And is anyone telling the truth about what happened that day?

No Time to Say Goodbye by Kate Hewitt–27 sep

No Time to Say GoodbyeIt hit me, the reality of it, in a way it hadn’t before like a sledgehammer straight to the chest. Laura was gone. She was never coming back. I’d never see her again; she’d never hum in the kitchen, she’d never pull Ruby onto her lap and tickle her tummy as she buried her face in the sweet curve of our daughter’s shoulder.

Nathan West loved his wife Laura with all his heart. But now she’s gone, taken from him in a seemingly random act of violence. Laura was the glue that held their family together. And for Nathan, life without her feels almost meaningless.

As he tries to find hope in the darkness, his three young daughters express their grief in different and challenging ways – with one set on a path of self-destruction that could devastate their family all over again. Desperate to understand his own heartbreak better, he reaches out to others who had known Laura. Including her new friend Maria, whose light and warmth are exactly what their grieving family needs, and who is soon helping out and providing emotional support for them all.

But the picture Maria paints of Laura is unfamiliar to Nathan – of a wife who felt ignored, a mother who felt she couldn’t do enough – and he struggles to reconcile it with his own memories of the woman he loved. Is it possible he didn’t know his wife after all? And can he trust Maria? He can’t escape the feeling that she’s keeping something from him.

Maria is hiding a secret with the power to rock Nathan’s family to its core. Because it is about what happened the day that Laura died…

When in Rome by Amabile Giusti

Ambientada en la preciosa ciudad de Roma

When in Rome

Sinopsis

As her thirtieth birthday approaches, spirited and unconventional Carlotta is a little nervous. She’s just been fired because of her irrepressible frankness, her family is a mess, and her love life is nonexistent. Plus, living in Rome isn’t cheap, so she’s forced to rent out a room in her apartment to make ends meet.

Her new roommate, Luca, a gorgeous writer who can match her wicked sense of humor, has a lot of cons: he’s sloppy, he smokes too much, and he has a nasty habit of bringing home a different woman every night. Carlotta doesn’t want to admit it, but she’s beginning to fall for the charming novelist whose bedroom seems to have a revolving door. After they share an unexpected kiss, she’ll do anything to suppress her passion and protect her heart.

Opinión

“Families are only perfect in ads or 50´s TV shows. In real life, they´re just a bunch of messed up people, and we have to accept that we can´t ask of others what they can´t give us, whether it´s because of who they are or what they´ve decided. They love us in their own way, I think, but it´s no use damning them for it.”

El libro se ambienta en la preciosa ciudad de Roma

Carlotta va a cumplir treinta años. Comparte piso con Luca desde hace seis meses. Este es un chico impresionante en lo físico y, encantador en el trato. Con estas características, tiene “loca¨ a su compañera de piso. Entre esto y su búsqueda de trabajo, Carlotta está atravesando una fase un tanto intranquila.

Una visión muy diferente sobre el mismo tema

Luca es sexualmente muy activo, pero no quiere comprometerse con ninguna mujer. No cree en el amor. Ve a Carlotta como una amiga, pero esta tiene en su mente una relación amorosa con él.

En el trabajo, Carlotta tendrá más suerte y se empleará en la escenografía de una obra teatral. Esto hará que se encuentre con personas ciertamente peculiares.

Por otra parte, conoceremos a la familia de Carlotta. En especial, a su madre y su hermana. La primera, ha estado siempre pendiente de su físico y ha ido cambiando de pareja, intentando sentirse joven y activa. La segunda, Erika, cinco años menor que Carlotta, es el ojo derecho de su madre, porque es guapa y su progenitora ha podido explotar esta faceta como a ella le gusta.

Carlotta no destaca como su hermana en el aspecto físico, siendo esta una de las razones por la que su madre no la ha protegido ni le ha destinado tanta atención como a Erika.

Las dos hermanas tienen una mala relación. Erika, desde una cierta edad, se ha dedicado a quitar a Carlotta todo lo que a esta le interesaba: libros, vestidos, novios, etc. Muy al contrario que su hermana, Erika es egoísta, egocéntrica y tiene una vida sexual agitada.

La relación de Carlotta y Luca evolucionará a medida que ella va observando algunos cambios en el comportamiento de este. En todo caso, será un camino con malentendidos y dificultades.

Primer libro de esta autora italiana que se traduce al inglés

El libro está bien escrito y lo aconsejo para cuando el lector quiera pasar un buen rato con una novela romántica, previsible y con situaciones cómicas, algunas de ellas algo exageradas. Además, la trama va ganando ritmo en su segunda mitad, consiguiendo que te quedes con una agradable sensación.

Entre todos los personajes, me quedo con la protagonista: Carlotta es luchadora, irónica y con una idea romántica de las relaciones amorosas.

Como curiosidad, señalar que este es el primer libro de esta autora italiana que se traduce al inglés. En español, son varias de sus obras las que se han publicado.

3,5/5

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Nancy’s Genius Plan by Olivia Jaimes

Un libro muy divertidoNancy's Genius Plan

Sinopsis

 Follow Nancy’s Genius Plan to sneak a sweet treat in this delicious and devious board book! Nancy has a genius plan: sneak through the house without disturbing anyone and enjoy a warm piece of Aunt Fritzi’s delicious cornbread. But it’s not quite as easy as it sounds! In this entertaining, heartwarming, and lightly interactive board book, children will delight in helping Nancy carry out her genius (and delicious!) plan.

Opinión

Nancy es muy golosa y su tía ha hecho un pastel delicioso. No puede resistir la tentación y quiere comérselo todo ella sola. Pero para ello, necesita llegar hasta la cocina sin que nadie la vea. Ha elaborado un plan, pero para llevarlo a cabo, necesita de nuestra ayuda.

Este es un libro interactivo que a pesar de lo cortito que es, resulta muy divertido. Mientras lo lees Nancy te va indicando que necesita que hagas en cada momento.

Creo que es un libro ideal sobre todo para animar a los niños que no les gusta leer o están dando sus primeros pasos con los libros.

Además, es bien bonito y colorido. Me ha parecido una idea divertida e ingeniosa la empleada en este cuento.

5/5

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A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Nueva edición de un clásico

A Study in Scarlet

Sinopsis

Body thought to be that of E.J. Drebber discovered last night in empty London house. No obvious cause of death. Address given as Cleveland Ohio. Any information would be appreciated. After a mysterious murder leaves the police baffled, the world’s best amateur detective is asked to investigate. Along with his fellow lodger, Dr Watson, Sherlock Holmes sets about uncovering a quest for revenge that runs far deeper than anybody suspected. A simplification of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, perfect for young fans of mystery books. A great introduction to classics for children aged 7+

Opinión

“It’s not what you do in this world […] it’s what you can make people beleive that you have done”.

A Study in Scarlet es la primera novela de la serie protagonizada por Sherlock Holmes y el Dr. Watson. Un clásico muy conocido al que en esta nueva edición se le han añadido las ilustraciones creadas por Arianna Bellucci, que le dan al libro un carácter más moderno y actual.

Y aunque no suelo releer libros, esta nueva portada tan bonita me llamó mucho la atención. Además, el hecho de que contara con nuevas ilustraciones terminó de convencerme.

Sherlock Holmes y su inseparable Watson, son dos personajes dignos de admiración. Tan diferentes, pero a la vez que se complementan tan bien. Holmes tan estoico siempre, investigando cosas que a simple vista no tienen mucha utilidad o sentido, excepto para él. Minucioso en su trabajo y con una capacidad analítica muy grande.

Personajes muy peculiares

Watson, por el contrario, es un hombre observador, reservado y de pocas palabras. Médico de profesión, jubilado de forma anticipada al salir maltrecho de la guerra. Le gusta su espacio y las cosas planificadas, no es de improvisar sobre la marcha como Holmes.

Ambos hacen la pareja perfecta de investigadores amateurs, que finalmente resultan más útiles que los investigadores cualificados. Se complementan muy bien a pesar de sus diferencias.

Hacía tanto desde la primera vez que leí A Study in Scarlet, que apenas recordaba unos pocos detalles por lo que la he disfrutado mucho más. Creo que es una historia que aguanta muy bien el paso del tiempo y se puede seguir disfrutando por todo tipo de público, aunque esté especialmente creado para niños. Merece mucho la pena.

4/5

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My Kindergarten in 100 Words by Qed Publishing

Aprendiendo nuevo vocabularioMy Kindergarten in 100 Words

Sinopsis

My Kindergarten in 100 words introduces a range of different scenes and objects, from getting dressed and eating breakfast with the family to different activities at kindergarten—including playtime, circle time, and arts and crafts—and then home time. Interspersed with labels for practical objects are more abstract terms such as happy, kindness, and family, teaching children about emotions and mindfulness as well as educational vocabulary.

An original, contemporary take on teaching first words, the My World in 100 Words series of board books helps children ages 1–3 boost vocabulary, engage with the world around them, and become familiar with specific subjects. With bright, playful illustrations from Sophie Beer, each book explores a different theme, including starting kindergarten, the garden, and the seaside. With 10 words per pageand variation between full scenes and visual lists, there’s plenty for children to look at and enjoy.

Opinión

My Kindergarten in 100 Words es, según indica su título, un libro con el que aprender nuevo vocabulario. En este caso, palabras relacionadas con preescolar.

Creo que está muy bien planteada la idea. El vocabulario dividido por secciones, según el momento del día en que estemos y la actividad que toque desarrollar.

Así, por ejemplo, cuando nos levantamos podemos ver cómo nos sentimos y los objetos que nos rodean, desde la cama a la alfombra o la ropa que llevamos puesta para dormir y la que llevaremos para ir al cole.

También los utensilios de aseo que hay en el baño o la comida para desayunar. Lo que podríamos encontrarnos de camino a la guardería y una vez lleguemos, los nombres con que se denominan los espacios.

Las ilustraciones son sencillas, pero no hay lugar a duda de qué representa cada una. Creo que es muy útil y didáctico.

5/5

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