Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Book Review: The Rabbit Ate #1

The Rabbit Ate My Homework

by Rachel Elizabeth Cole


Lanie, Melody, both

Hi, Mel! What are you and the bunnies up to? 
I was just playing with them and thinking about the book The Rabbit Ate My Homework.
Cool. That was an interesting book.
Well, it made me think back to our very first rabbit, Huda. He arrived in the summer of 2001. Boy did he like plastic and wire! The nicks on my black work boots are from him. And Franz had to fix so many cords.
Good thing he is an electrician. Wait! Is that why we have so many little fences around the living room now? (laughing)
Yes. Anyway, after Huda and before Nutmeg the triplets came to stay.
I loved the triplets!
Yes, they were great. We didn't have to watch cords as much with them. But remember how Fluffy kept his ears down even though he wasn't a lop.
Yeah. His silver ears were beautiful. And Digger would hop down the hall under the bed. Flash had the most high kicks during his romps. So...
Well, Tiny in this book...his behaviors just triggered a lot of memories from over the years.
I thought the same thing when I read the book. I mean, I didn't know Huda, but I've turned in a lot of assignments with the corners chewed off by Lulu here. (laughing) That's why when I saw this book in the bargain section I asked Xyra if we could have it. She agreed right away.



If you have ever had a pet rabbit, specifically a house rabbit, then you will understand everything Drew goes through while trying to hide Tiny in his room. Tiny was an awesome character! I did some research on the author and found out she does have "two very spoiled house rabbits." That's why Tiny is perfect. I really liked Libby too. She is just like us. If we had seen a little bun in distress we'd rescue it too. Overall the story was interesting and showed the trouble we can get into when we try to hide things.


I was really glad Lanie shared the Rachel Elizabeth Cole website with me. I like the design and really liked that she has house rabbits. Okay, now to the actual book. Drew is the main character and most of the action takes place in his room. The bad stuff really frustrates him; it's not nice that he wants to take his frustrations out on Tiny and get rid of him. I wish he would have tried learning more about having house rabbits instead of just getting upset at the bunny and his sister. On the other hand, it was good to see how much he really cared about Tiny when he got lost...oh, I won't tell you where. No spoilers from me. This was a fun read. I hope we get the other two in the series.

One additional note. This is not a picture book. The illustrations are few and far between, but when they show up they are really cute.


My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I liked this book, but did not like the main character. It is not the first time a main character and I did not mesh in the first book of a series. I may try to read on to see how he develops.

Why didn't I like Drew? He is hot-headed and selfish. Don't try to throw the "he's an 11-year old boy" argument on the table. Not all 11-year old boys are like this. They may have moments; we all have moments. He did show promise as he realized he likes Tiny.

I also did not like the parents. I may be overreacting, but for Drew to be that afraid of telling his dad how disappointed he is not to go bike riding in the first place and then after...yes, I have many instances when I have tried to fix my own mistakes...but even the way his mom talks to him about his father makes it sound as if dad is abusive.

Mom is a bit more sympathetic, but they are hiding something about stresses in the workplace from the kids and that is no good either. Plus her whole wetting the bed discussion is upsetting - at Drew's age I might think of something closer to the realm of puberty, perhaps she doesn't want to go there because he is her baby boy - plus rabbit urine smells nothing like human urine. Wouldn't his room smell more like port-a-pot than barn?

Libby is your typical little girl. Sweet, smart, and diabolically brilliant. She knows what she wants and sets on a course of how to get it...and is successful!

Now for the star of the show...Tiny! It is obvious the author has experience with house rabbits. The behaviors and mannerisms are described perfectly and made me think of our first house rabbit who truly enjoyed nibbling power cords; another one who excelled at binkies (high kicks); all our bunnies and their wiggling noses and thumps.

Kid Lit Blog Hop

It's almost the end of June. School is over. Do you have a reading list for the summer? If not, check out the Kid Lit Blog Hop participants for ideas on new books and authors to explore. Even if you do, check out the hop anyway; lots of fun things there.

Have you ever had a house rabbit? What was the funniest thing he or she did? The most frustrating?

Happy reading!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Grace Heads North 2

Road Trip Continued

Day 2 - On to Nova Scotia

Heading Out

The day started early again. Today was a lot cooler than yesterday and overcast too. How do I look?
We picked up tea and coffee from the main office and breakfast area then headed out. Later we stopped at Tim Horton's for donuts and more tea.
I kinda like Tim Horton better than Dunkin Donuts.

We crossed the border in Calais and picked up the highway east. Great scenery.

For lunch we stopped at A&W. The burger was so so, but the rest of the food was really good. The wrappers are all marked compostable! Cool!

We got to Head of St Margarets Bay in the late afternoon and had a lovely visit and dinner with our friends. Dinner was a turkey or chicken casserole made with rice and broccoli and cheese sauce. We also had warm, wheat rolls and salad.

They were so very nice and let us stay the night in a very comfy bedroom.

Day 3 - Back to Maine

Another early start. Mrs. made a breakfast with eggs and bacon and homemade wheat toast with jam. Yummy!

The house was right across the street from the bay.

A lovely view.

Then it was back on the road south into Maine. 
This time we were headed to Sebago and friends at Mayberry Farms.

We had a great visit there. While the adults talked I got to play with the puppies! 

They reminded me a lot of Bonbon. You might ask why meatloaf came along and not Bonbon. Well, Bonbon really only likes short car trips; she wouldn't have done well.

Day 4 - Heading Back to PA

Another early morning, but the Mayberry's were up before we were. That's life on a farm. Isn't the sunrise gorgeous?!

Mrs. made chocolate chip muffins. 

We loaded up the truck and headed south. We stopped for gas and something to drink and then it was drive, drive, drive. 
Our only stop was at Chick-fil-a for lunch and then home.

It was a great trip, but we were happy to be home. 
Bonbon jumped on me as soon as we opened the front door.

Our trip covered 2100 miles. Isn't that cool! Have you ever had a super quick vacation? Where did you go?

A bientot!

Grace Heads North 1

Road Trip

Hi! who likes to travel and see new places? I do, I do. This was a really quick trip; we were only gone 4 days. I'll probably be able to tell you about it in two or maybe three posts. Why so few? Well, the first day we stopped at this really cool railway museum and took lots of photos. After that we didn't get to take a lot of photos. We did a lot of driving.

Day 1 North to Wiscasset, Maine

Heading Out

We headed out really early in the morning. We drove all the way to Massachusetts before we had to stop for gas. It was nice to get out and stretch a bit.
Meatloaf let Tama pose on him.
Then we hopped back in the truck. We were going to stop for lunch along the way, but traffic got bad so we stayed the course until we crossed the border into Maine. The visitor's center or travel plaza had a Burger King. Normally we aren't fans, but it tasted good this time.

Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway

(These photos are slightly out of order because I wanted to show the museum sign first.)
We arrived at the railway museum late. Unfortunately we missed the last train ride, but we did make the last rail car ride.
It is a gorgeous working museum.


Check out how they turn the car!

One goal is to continue extending the rail line.
When we got back to the station we started exploring.

Engine 9 is the one they were using today. Newly restored steam engine. 

It looks great and they told us it had a good day.

The next goal includes three more engines 7, 10, and 11.This is their fundraising information.

This machine applying rivots.
Here is the station
Some of the buildings in the yard. Aren't they great. 
In one we found a hand car. 
Gramma Enne and Oppa Hans are certified to give hand card rides at the Nevada State Railroad Museum.

Xyra and I were watching this marshy area. 
The critters were talking, but we couldn't see anything. Every now and then we'd hear one jump into the water. It made us laugh.

Wiscasset Woods Motor Lodge

Everyone needs a home away from home on a road trip. This was our only hotel for the trip. It's called Wiscasset Woods Motor Lodge. They have a nice bench rocker just outside the main door.

Inside is fresh, homemade gingerbread. 
Mugs and moose. The moose reminded me of Nana Kestrel; she collects them.
Our room had it's own porch with a chair and everything.

After settling we headed out to dinner at Sarah's Cafe. Dinner was yummy.

Later we had a snack of apple with peanut butter and Moxie. 
Moxie is a local drink. Kind of tastes like Coke and Dr. Pepper with a hint of A-Treat black cherry. Yummy!

It was a long, fun day, and the next was going to start early too.

A bientot!