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babyDavid Milgrim’s newest book Best Baby Ever is a fantastic book to share with little ones, give to new parents or to commemorate a child’s first day of school.  A new baby is the best baby ever to every parent.  In Milgrim’s book we watch a new baby grow up and the proud parents look on.  From the baby’s first smile to first steps and as the baby walks out the door to get on the school bus for the first day of school.  I have to say I get choked up at the end when I think of my own kids starting school and I am thankful I am still a few years away from my oldest getting on a school bus! My daughter enjoys reading this together because she enjoys books about babies since we have a new one at home.  She exclaimed to her baby brother, “You’re the BEST BABY EVER!” when we were reading this. 


Nicholas Duck is mistaken for Santa Claus by all the other animals when he finds a Santa hat and coat on his door step.  Wearing it, the other animals begin to tell him what they want for Christmas.  Mistakenly, Nicholas becomes Santa Duck and passes on everyone’s Christmas wishes to the real Santa and forgets all about what he wants himself.  Don’t worry, Santa doesn’t leave him out! A wonderful addition to the many holiday books on our library’s shelf.  Santa Duck is an adorable character and the cartoon talking bubbles Milgrim uses make this a fun read aloud.


sparrowSparrow Delaney is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter and is supposed to be the best medium Lily Dale has ever seen.  And she is.  Except nobody knows it.  Wanting to just be “normal” she keeps the fact she talks to ghosts a secret from her family and friends.  Then she begins to talk to Luke, a cute boy about her age.  He won’t leave her alone until she helps him. 

Sparrow has also started a new school.  She wants to get out of Lily Dale, a town of mediums which actually exists.  At her new school she meets Jack, another cute boy who is very much alive.  Her and Jack are paired up to do a history project together on the town of Lily Dale, a subject Sparrow nows all to much about.

I would describe The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney as a supernatural comedy.  The descriptions of Sparrow’s family of six sisters (all named after birds) and her grandmother are priceless and made me wish the author included more of them.   Sparrow goes through life trying to ignore the ghosts who come to here and this also makes for some very humorous situations.

Sparrow must learn to use her gifts and help her friend even if it means admitting who she is to the world.  Entertaining and fun but not as creepy as I initially hoped for still worth the read.


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  • Amber: Thanks for sharing my blog with your readers! You summed up the reason for the name better than I've been able to :) Good luck in the giveaway!
  • Musing: I wasn't able to finish Twilight myself, but I'm always glad to hear of young people being turned on to reading. :)
  • juliannahelt: I forgot about Twelve Hats for Lena. It is a great book! Thanks for mentioning it.