Tag: Nonfiction

I Campaigned for Ice Cream: A Boy’s Quest for Ice Cream Trucks

I Campaigned for Ice Cream: A Boy’s Quest for Ice Cream Trucks

Author: Suzanne Jacobs Lipshaw
Illustrator: Wendy Leach
Published: April 24, 2019
32 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: June 10, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

I scream! You scream!
Josh…campaigns…for ice cream!

I Campaigned for Ice Cream is an upbeat, educational, and heartwarming true story of Joshua Lipshaw, who as a nine-year-old petitioned his local government to change an outdated law that prevented ice cream trucks from driving through his town. Complete with adorable illustrations by Wendy Leach, this sweet book is a tasty treat for young readers as well as a lesson that they too can make a difference in their communities. Relive Josh’s passionate journey as he works to bring the joy of ice cream trucks to his town.

Jessica’s Review

This is a brilliant yet short children’s picture book that has an even bigger message: One person can make a difference- even kids!  Ice Cream also shows how important it is to stand up for what you believe in. 

Josh Lipshaw is just nine years old and he sees the need for ice cream trucks in his town during the summer. After all, other towns have ice cream trucks!  He goes campaigning for ice cream trucks and even speaks at the town hall giving his reasons.  And guess what: He succeeds!

This story is based off the true incident of Josh Lipshaw and this picture book was written by his mother.  This occurred from July 2001- April 2002. Ice Cream shows children how drive and determination help to accomplish something, no matter how big or small.  This feel good story had me laughing at the end.  This children’s picture book with definitely help kids feel good about themselves and show how important that they are. 

There is also a glossary of terms at the end of the story book for the ‘bigger words’ that young children may not understand.  The pictures are wonderful and definitely add to the story.  This would be a good book for those in the ages of 6 and up.

Special thanks to Warren Publishing me for granting me a copy to read via Netgalley. It was a pleasure to read and review! 

Purchase Links:
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Dead Serious

Dead Serious: Breaking the Cycle of Teen Suicide
Author: Jane Mersky Leder

Published: January 23, 2018
210 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: February 1-10, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Are you under a lot of stress? Feeling too much pressure to get good grades? Trying to avoid social media because you’re being bullied? Grappling with your sexual/gender identity? Feeling depressed—even suicidal?

What are the reasons why teens decide to take their own lives? What can be done to stop them? Through stories, studies and strategies, Dead Serious helps teens, parents and educators navigate the choppy waters of adolescence and provides tools that can help break the cycle of teen suicide.

Teen suicide is preventable.

Jessica’s Review:

Suicide is a difficult subject to think about. The first edition of Dead Serious deals with teen suicide and was published in 1987, and now author Jane Leder has published a second edition.  Why a second edition now?  In the 30+ years that have passed our world has changed significantly: we all lived through 9/11 and terrorism, bullying is at an extreme, and there was no internet and social media. There is so much more that today’s kids have to deal with that we did not.  And don’t forget LGBTQ, there are so many variations on sexual preferences and gender identity that it seems impossible for one to keep up with.

Jane Leder is no stranger to suicide.  She has lost several family members to it, including a brother to whom this book is dedicated.  Dead Serious is written to teens and it does not talk down to them. It is also for adults and educators.  This is one that should be read by all teachers and be in school libraries. This should even be taught in class. 

Each story begins with a musical lyrics or similar.  There are candid stories throughout the book that are shared, and a variety of subjects that including bullying, and there are also LGBTQ definitions. Leder outdid herself with this second edition as you can see she worked with an abundance of research that includes useful information on where one can seek help from different organizations. 

Teen suicide is a major problem, but we can all work together to help stop it. Every life matters, you matter. You ARE worth it.

Dead Serious is highly recommended. Special thanks to the author Jane Leder  and her team for sending me a copy to read and review.

Purchase Links:
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Plus+: Style Inspiration for Everyone

Plus+: Style Inspiration for Everyone
Editor:  Bethany Rutter

To Be Published: February 5, 2019
224 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: January 21, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Be inspired by 100 of the very best plus-size street style images from fashion influencers and tastemakers from around the world.
 
Plus-size fashion is daring, experimental, and deeply personal. There’s no longer any shame in not fitting the traditional ideals of beauty, as proven by Gabi Gregg, Tess Holliday, Beth Ditto, and thousands of bloggers and models around the world.

The online plus-size fashion community is loud, international, and confident. Millions of #ootd photos are shared every day, showing off amazing style and beautiful people. Plus+ gathers together the very best, and celebrates all shapes, sizes, and aesthetics—a beautiful, sharply designed, glossy collection to inspire everyone, plus-size or otherwise.

Jessica’s Review:

Plus+ is a collection of plus size models showing their sense of style and confidence in photos and share their own words.  You can see the confidence flowing through them and it makes me wish I had more for myself! They wear what they want because they can and who cares what anyone else thinks!  The models are a variety of plus size, are different races, and there is even a Muslim woman expressing herself in fashion! 

Most of the fashion choices were not ‘for me’ and would not be something I would wear, but that is not what this book is about. The title says it all and it did reach its purpose: Plus+: Style Inspiration for Everyone. Wear what you want because YOU want to whether it be colors or black, short skirts or long skirts, shorts or pants, etc!  Be comfortable in your skin, as it is who you are.

Special thanks to the publisher Andrews McMeel Publishing for granting me an e-arc copy via NetGalley!

Pre-Order Links:
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