A Love Unexpected

About the Book:

A Love Unexpected : This is a sweet, closed-door romance and can be read as a stand-alone. (Under Kansas Skies Book 1) by [Leah Brunner]

Title: A Love Unexpected
Series: Under Kansas Skies #1
Author: Leah Brunner
Release Date: 
April 18, 2021
Genre: Romantic Comedy

My one and only goal has always been to make it to congress. I’ve got it all: the looks, the brains, the connections…

Except I missed one glaring requirement: a wife. 

The conservative voters of Kansas don’t trust an unmarried man. Which means I need a bride. Immediately.

The lovely Odette Hastings seems to fit the bill. She’s a wholesome small-town girl, and most importantly, in need of cash. I’ll give her the money to take care of her elderly parents, and she’ll be the political arm candy I need. 

The only problem is Odette is a little too beautiful, a little too intelligent, and much too distracting. I have to keep my eye on the prize. Even when I’m starting to think there might be something I’d rather have more…

Book Review:

Madden has everything he needs to achieve his goal, making it to Congress. However, he is missing a crucial requirement, a wife. Apparently, the conserfative voters of Kansas don’t trust an unmarried man.. So he needs a wife…and Odette Hastings seems perfect. She is a wholesome small-town  girl, who is in need of cash. Her elderly parents need help and Madden can provide the money. In return, she will be his wife.. Unfortunately, Odette seems perfect for Madden…. beautiful, intelligent, and much too distracting. As their relationship begins to shift, will Madden be able to keep his eye on the prize? 

This was really cute! It is Ms. Brunner’s first book and such a fun rom-com! Madden and Odette were really lovely characters. They were really relatable and I enjoyed seeing both of their perspectives. Odette was so sweet. She was trying so hard to take care of her parents. They had a really great relationship and were so supportive of her. Odette was such a fun narrator. She felt very real.. I felt so sorry for her as she struggled to help her parents and deal with her new life, “married” to Madden. She was struggling with how to have a relationship with him. Madden was also such a sweetheart. He was so passionate about getting to Congress. It was his dream! Even though he and Odette got married for political reasons, he really liked her. They were really good together. I did sometimes sigh a little at how clueless he could be! He would get lost in his work and had to figure out the balance for his life.

I really enjoyed reading Madden and Oddete’s story. It was sweet to watch their love story. All of the side characters also made the story so fun. I liked getting to see Madden’s siblings and the guys on his campaign team. I especially liked Kate and Sophie, it was great to see their friendship with Odette. I am excited to read more of Ms. Brunner’s books!

This is a closed-door romance, with a marriage of convenience. I would suggest it for those who enjoy rom-coms! 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

The Roommate Situation

About the Book:

The Roommate Situation: A Romantic Comedy (Only in Atlanta Book 1) by [Katie Bailey]

Title: The Roommate Situation
Series: Only in Atlanta #1
Author: Katie Bailey
Publisher: Eleventh Avenue Publishing
Release Date: June 15, 2021
Genre: Closed Door Rom-Com

Conor Brady is the hottest man I have ever laid eyes on. Ever. He’s also my new roommate.

In the past few days, I became jobless, homeless, and boyfriendless.

So, I did what any 28-year-old woman with her life together would do: I ran. Far, far away from my life in New York and straight to my big brother’s house in Atlanta.

Only, it turns out that my brother is away on a business trip. And, he failed to tell me that a full-on, godlike hottie—who happens to be a premier house flipper—has taken up residence in the spare bedroom while his enormous new house is being renovated.

There’s a million reasons why I shouldn’t fall for Conor.

But our chemistry is undeniable.

Which means I have a teeny, tiny situation on my hands…

Book Review:

A swoony and fun rom-com, The Roommate Situation is a closed-door read perfect for the summer! After breaking up with her boyfriend and becoming jobless and homeless, Jess is running from her New York life. She goes to her big brother’s house in Atlanta, to discover that he is away on a business trip. But her brother has let the hottest man she has ever seen stay in his spare bedroom, while he renovates his new house. That’s fine, she can be friendly and keep her distance. There are so many reasons why Jess shouldn’t fall for Conor… except the chemistry is undeniable. So now there is a bit of a situation on her hands.

This was my first book by Katie Bailey and it was so enjoyable! Rom-com main characters have the best narration! Jess was incredibly funny. I really liked her, she was so positive, especially about other people. It was sweet to see her find her place after a period of difficulty. Jess had to figure out what she wanted to do with her life again. She felt like she was floundering a bit in the beginning, but it was great to watch her find her place. And of course, watching her romance with Conor unfold! So cute! She and Conor were totally able to help each other and be partners. I loved watching them flip houses. They were able to see the other’s strengths, which was incredibly adorable! I thought that they were so sweet together. 

Conor was working hard, both to establish his business and do right by his friend’s little sister. Having absolutely no house-flipping skills, I was so impressed with Conor’s skills! He was honestly very sweet and such a good roommate! He can cook and clean? That is so swoony! I really enjoyed reading the story of both Jess and Conor refinding their place and passions in life. I thought that it was a super fun read. I also loved Courntey and am sooo excited for her and Aiden’s book. I love the development in this book for the next. 

I would definitely recommend this book! It is closed-door, I would say PG-13 more, so just gauge for yourself. But this is a great rom-com, perfect for a pick-me-up! 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

The Temporary Roomie

The Temporary Roomie: A Romantic Comedy (It Happened in Nashville Book 2) by [Sarah Adams]

Title: The Temporary Roomie
Series: It Happened in Nashville #2
Author: Sarah Adams
Release Date: 
April 1, 2021
Genre: Romantic Comedy

What happens when you have to play nice with your greatest enemy? Revenge.

Drew Marshall may have let me move into his spare bedroom while my house is being renovated, but don’t think for one second his kindness comes without strings. Big, ugly, fake relationship strings. 

That’s okay, though, Dr. Andrew. I’ll agree to your terms, move into your house, and act like
your girlfriend when the big day comes; but I also plan to make your life miserable—make you pay for what you did to me. 

I may not be good at forgiving or forgetting, but I’m excellent at getting even.

Book Review:

The 2nd book in the It Happened in Nashville Series, The Temporary Roomie is a closed-door, rom-com featuring an enemies-to-lovers story! Though it could be read as a stand-alone, it is so fun having read the first book, The Off-Limits Rule, first! This book is about Jessie, Lucy’s boss who you meet in the first book, and Drew, Lucy’s brother, who already have an antagonistic relationship set up before the story starts. Jessie’s house is being renovated and Drew offers up his spare bedroom. In return, she will pretend to be his girlfriend in front of his coworkers. But Jessie has plans to make Drew pay, if there is anything she is good at it is getting even.

I was so excited to read this book! First of all, what a fun cover! It is one of my favorite colors and I love her art! Ms. Adams does her own covers and I love how they fit the books! 2nd, I had read all of Ms. Adams’s other books and they are so funny and enjoyable to read. After reading The Off-Limits Rule, I was so interested to see Jessie and Drew’s story. Personally, I enjoy series or connected books because of the buildup and development that can be created. Having the hints of Jessie and Drew definitely made me excited for their story.

Jessie’s perspective was hilarious! I loved seeing Lucy and Cooper from her perspective and they were adorable. She had gone through a lot and still kept going with such fierceness. However, she also had a lot of insecurities and was soo stubborn. It took her a little while to realize her own feelings. But watching her fight falling in love in Drew was portrayed in a way that while I was a little bit frustrated with her, it was believable and funny. Drew was so sweet. He had always been the reliable and dependable one, but with Jessie he could relax and mess around. 

As they pranked each other and pushed each other’s buttons, Jessie and Drew began to relax their barriers. The lines were blurring and they had to deal with their emotions. Honestly, pranks aren’t really my thing and there was a point where I felt kinda bad about a prank that seemed too much (sorry for vague reference, trying to not do any spoilers!). However, overall I enjoyed this though it definitely is PG-13. It is a closed-door romance with mild language and suggestive content. There is also a gay couple who have a significant role in the story. If you are into rom-coms, and don’t mind a little bit of steam, this is the book for you!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Bronwyn

ABOUT THE BOOK

Bronwyn: A Fantasy Austen Retelling (Magical Regency Book 6) by [Grace J Croy]

Title: Bronwyn
Series: Magical Regency Book #6
Author: Grace J. Croy
Release Date: 
November 20, 2020
Genre: Magical Regency

He will make her happy, but she will make him everything. 

As the poor relation living off of her uncle’s charity, Bronwyn experiences the magic, elegance, and good society found at Mansfield Park from a distance. Though she finds being her aunt’s companion tedious and boring, it does allow her to keep tight control over her magic. The magic she has refused to use since the tragic incident that drove her from her home and family in Portsmouth. 

The orderly existence she has come to depend on is spoiled with the arrival of Rion and Lynessa Torr at the Mansfield parsonage. As love and trouble wrap around the young people at the Park, will Bronwyn keep her emotional magic locked away or will she find the courage to open her heart and mind to new possibilities? 

This magical retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park will delight and thrill fans of Jane Austen and fantasy alike. All books in the Magical Regency series are stand-alone novels and may be read in any order.

Book Review:

Another fun Magical Regency novel, Bronwyn is a retelling of Mansfield Park. I have actually not read Mansfield Park, but I did enjoy Bronwyn! Bronwyn lives off of her uncle’s charity as her aunt’s companion at Mansfield Park. Though her life is tedious and monotonous, it also allows her to keep her magic under strict control. She is able to experience the elegance, magic, and society of Mansfield, safe from the incident that drove her from her family and home and her magic that caused it. However, the arrival of Rion and Lynessa Torr to visit the Mansfield parsonage destroys her orderly life. Suddenly love and trouble in equal measures are surrounding the young people and Bronwyn’s magic is pushing at her. Will she find peace and joy?

This was really cute! I felt bad for Bronwyn, she was so careful with herself, never letting anyone really see her feelings or opinions. She held her magic tightly and herself even tighter. Even though she had opinions and feelings, she saw herself as an outsider to Mansfield and not truly part of the family there. Her family at Mansfield was difficult for her to deal with, especially her aunt, who was not kind to her. When Rion and Lynessa come, she is shocked. Suddenly, there is more magic around her than ever and new problems arising. She was experiencing new feelings and struggling to deal with the new arrivals. Honestly, there were times where I was a bit frustrated with Bronwyn. She had difficulty trusting herself and trusting others, especially when changing her opinions. However, I really appreciated how she learned her lessons, learned to trust herself, and to find love. I also liked how thankful she became for the kindness she experienced. It was so cool to see her grow into her powers. 

The rest of the characters also played such a good role into the story, bringing the tension and the growth. Bronwyn’s cousins had to discover what they truly wanted and needed too, though they certainly did not experience the same ending. If you have read Mansfield Park, I am sure that you know that general story, but seeing the magic added was really cool for me. I thought it gave the story so much, I loved seeing all the different abilities. It did have a few twists, so be prepared that it does not follow the story exactly. I certainly enjoyed it and am currently trying to read all the rest of the series! It is a clean romance and great for those looking for a classic with a twist!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

A Companion for the Count

A Companion for the Count: A Regency Romance (Clairvoir Castle Romances Book 2) by [Sally Britton]

About the Book:

Title: A Companion for the Count
Series: Clairvoir Castle Romances Book 2
Author: Sally Britton
Publisher: Pink Citrus Books
Release Date: 
May 2, 2021
Genre: Regency Romance

Miss Emma Arlen’s position as a companion never included distracting her mistress’s suitors, but when a handsome Italian ambassador arrives determined to find an English bride, Emma happily takes up the cause.

Emma Arlen has spent a decade as a member of the duke’s family, in the position of companion to his daughter and ward to the duke himself. She would do anything to show her support to the ducal family for their love and kindness. When Lady Elinor begs Emma to distract a most determined Sicilian suitor, she agrees at once. How hard can it be to keep one man entertained for a few weeks?

Luca, the Conte di Atella, left his home in the newly formed Kingdom of the Two Sicilies under the direct orders of King Ferdinand I. Luca’s duty as ambassador to England includes everything from negotiating better trade agreements to strengthening the bonds between the two nations. If possible, by marrying a lady of high birth. When he optimistically sets his sights on Lady Elinor, Miss Arlen consistently disrupts his plans. The more time that passes, the more he realizes he does not mind at all.

Continually in the conte’s company, Emma recognizes in him a spirit of adventure and nobility like she has never witnessed before. When the time comes for him to go, will she be able to part with him and keep her heart intact?

Book Review:

The 2nd book in the Castle Clairvoir romances, A Companion for the Count is a sweet regency romance perfect for spring! Emma has grown up alongside the Duke of Montfort’s family as his ward and companion to Lady Josephine, his daughter. She is loyal to the family and loves being with them, yet feels slightly apart from them. The arrival of an Italian ambassador who she and Lady Josephine are to help welcome, brings new uncertainties to her life. 

This was so cute! J had the opportunity to read the 1st book, Mr. Gardiner and the Governess, so I was so excited for this story! Emma seemed so kind and intelligent. I was just waiting for her book! It was just as good as I hoped!  Emma is intelligent, thoughtful, and observant. I really liked her and think that I would love to have her as a friend. Luca was also very sweet. He was so serious and intentional. I loved seeing both of their perspectives, especially of each other! They both found the other so compelling. It was lovely to see them grow comfortable with one another. I thought that it was also lovely to see how they complemented each other. They were both very intelligent and educated, aware of politics. Emma was really able to help Luca with her knowledge and lightheartedness. He brought her companionship, with care and intelligent conversation. They could talk to each other and truly understand each other. Both of them had insecurities that they had to overcome in their love story. 

I also loved seeing characters from the last book and some set up for the next book! It was so cool to see life at Clairvoir from a different perspective. I thought that it was also cool to see into another country through Luca. I would definitely recommend this book to those looking for a sweet clean regency romance. It was super cute and you should definitely also read Mr. Gardiner and the Governess, the first book.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

World’s Worst Boyfriend

About the Book:

World's Worst Boyfriend: A Romantic Comedy Adventure (Fake It Book 3) by [Carina  Taylor]

Title: World’s Worst Boyfriend
Series: Fake it #3
Author: Carina Taylor
Release Date:   
March 31, 2021
Genre: Clean Rom-Com

Fletcher is the “World’s Worst Boyfriend” and I have the trophy to prove it—along with the consolation gift card I’ve already spent.

Entering him into the anonymous contest was cathartic and eye opening. It’s obvious I need to end this farce of a relationship… so, I do.

Too bad I’m still comparing every man I meet to Fletcher.
Too bad I can’t get him out of my mind—or my house, for that matter, with the way he’s always stopping by to ‘fix’ something.
And it’s especially too bad that I’m learning not everything is as it seems, and that maybe, just maybe, Fletcher had a good reason for his actions. (Although, there is no justification for the moldy laundry.)

What’s a girl to do? He says he’ll explain everything soon. But am I ready to face that explanation? What if he’s really not the worst—what if I am?

Book Review:

The 3rd book in Carina Taylor’s Faking It series, The World’s Worst Boyfriend is funny, sweet, and so much fun! It is a perfect spring-time read, a light-hearted, feel-good book! Fletcher is the world’s worst boyfriend, Saidy has the trophy to prove it. Although she is tired of Fletcher’s canceling plans and vague excuses, she finds herself conflicted. Fletcher seems to be intent on winning her back, although he still seems to be hiding something. 

This was super fun! Saidy was such an entertaining character! I definitely felt bad for her as Fletcher flaked on different events on her. She had no idea what was wrong with him! However, I thought it was really cute when they were together. They enjoyed each other’s company and appreciated each other. Even though they had to learn more about one another, there were definitely some secrets that needed to be revealed, they learned to love one another as they are. 

Poor Fletcher! He had to keep his secrets to protect Saidy, but it was very strenuous on their relationship. He truly loved Saidy though, he wanted to protect her and take care of her. I thought that he was really sweet, even though he could be a bit overprotective. I loved watching the progression of Saidy’s uncovering upon Fletcher’s world.. It was funny and well-paced. I also liked seeing Saidy’s growth in learning how to decide who she allowed to influence her life. She had to examine and evaluate her relationships, instead of just listening to everything/everyone around her. 

Overall, this was a cute clean rom-com, for fans of funny feel-good books! This is probably a teens and up book, with some language and innuendos. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

About the Book:

Title: Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History 
Series: Little Leaders #1
Author: Vashti Harrison
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition
Release Date: 
December 5, 2017
Genre: Children’s American History

An important book for all ages, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of forty trailblazing black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

Book Review:

An adorable book that tells the stories of some amazing women in Black history, Little Leaders is perfect for all readers looking to learn a little in a fun format. I always love finding books with beautiful illustrations and Ms. Harrison has some amazing ones! She combines them with short biographies highlighting some of their achievements in simple language that allows even children to clearly understand.

I appreciated how Ms. Harrison found such a diverse group. There were some more known figures and others who I had never heard of.. There were ladies from fields of art, science, literature, and athletics. They are from the far past to the present. Yet, all are inspiring and they are women to admire. Her artwork is also so cute! I love the attention to detail she put into each one, considering their history and story to incorporate.

This is definitely a great book for any child’s library! The biographies are probably about a 2nd or 3rd grade reading level, but can be read to and explained to anyone! I would definitely suggest getting it in hardback or paperback, it is just not the same in e-book format!

The Ancient One


ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Ancient One
Series: The Adventures of Kate
Author: T. A. Barron
Publisher: Puffin Books
Release Date: 
March 8, 2016
Genre: Children’s Fantasy

When thirteen-year-old Kate travels to Oregon for a quiet week at Aunt Melanie’s cottage, her plans are dashed by the discovery of a grove of giant redwood trees in nearby Lost Crater. While helping try to protect the redwood forest from loggers, Kate goes back five centuries through a time tunnel and finds herself facing the evil creature Gashra, who is bent on destroying the same forest. In this extraordinary quest from The Adventures of Kate series, a girl discovers that all living things are connected in ways she never expected, and that true friendship can reach across cultures, and even across centuries.

Book Review:

This collection by T. A. Barron has been sitting on my shelf for a few years now. I flew through the first book in the series, but never finished the second. I knew if I ever really started it, I would be able to easily read it. However, I just never really got into it. I would read a chapter and put it to the side. So for the prompt “A book you never finished”, I chose to finally take this book off the TBR pile, and finish it!

The Ancient One follows Kate who is visiting her aunt in Oregon, a beautiful forest. It is home to a grove of redwood trees that have been untouched for thousands of years. However, the appearance of a threat to the forest from loggers brings Kate to a time completely unlike her own. Five hundred years in the past, she befriends a Halmi girl, one of the ancient natives of the land, and discovers another threat to the same beautiful land. Kate must come to the aid of the wilderness and its protectors, strange and magical creatures. They are seeking a magic long lost, for which the only clue is a riddle. As she journeys to defeat the evil and return to her own time, Kate is joined by creatures from her time and the past. 

This is a super engrossing book! With the sci-fi/fantasy elements, it really feels like a classic tale! I like the focus on nature and the Native American background. I have not had the chance to read too many with those concepts. I thought that the magic was really cool, with some connected to nature and some to music. The creatures were also very interesting. I loved Kate’s journey. She felt very real, in her growth. She had been on an adventure before, yet she was still learning of herself and others.

I am so glad that I finally finished this! It was really good. I would definitely recommend it. It is a childrens’ fantasy novel and suitable for young readers. It does have an older style of writing, less casual. It might be difficult to start if the reader is not used to it.

The Book of Lost Tales


ABOUT THE BOOK

The Book of Lost Tales, Part One (History of Middle-Earth 1) by [J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien]

Title: The Book of Lost Tales
Series: History of Middle-Earth
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: 
February 15, 2012
Genre: Epic Fantasy

The Book of Lost Tales was the first major work of imagination by J.R.R. Tolkien, begun in 1916-17 when he was twenty-five years old and left incomplete several years later. It stands at the beginning of the entire conception of Middle-earth and Valinor, for these tales were the first form of the myths and legends that came to be called The Silmarillion. Embedded in English legend, they are set in the narrative frame of a great westward voyage over the Ocean by a mariner named Eriol (or AElfwine) to Tol Eressea, the Lonely Isle, where elves dwelt; from him they learned their true history, the Lost Tales of Elfinesse. In these Tales are found the earliest accounts and original ideas of Gods and Elves, Dwarves, Balrogs, and Orcs; of the Silmarils and the Two Trees of Valinor; of Nargothrond and Gondolin; of the geography and cosmology of Middle-earth. Volume One contains the tales of The Music of the Ainur, The Building of valinor, The Chaining of Melko, The coming of the Elves and The Flight of the Noldoli, among others. Each tale is followed by a short essay by Christopher Tolkien, the author’s son and literary executor.

Book Review:

A collection of stories set in the world of Middle-Earth, The Book of  Lost Tales contains stories from the history of the land and its people. They are beautiful tales, with a mix of mythology and magic. It was never finished by Tolkein, but was compiled and reorganized by his son. The stories are connected by its introductions, the story of a man hearing these tales from a nearly forgotten place. 

It was really cool to delve into some of the stories and mythos of Middle-Earth. I read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series, but never considered myself much of a fan. Those were the only books I read, though I also enjoyed the movies. Before this book, that was the extent of my LotR investment. I had not looked into the history or backstory, but this was so fun! Though there were some parts that felt a bit wordy, overall it was very interesting. I have always enjoyed mythology and folklore, and I used to check out books on them from the library. It was interesting to see a fantasy version of it. It is not for the light reader, with the multitude of characters whose names sound awfully similar and the notes referencing other events and characters. It is always cool to see the themes that nearly always appear in the mythology of every culture through a new story.

There are 10 tales, each full of magic and beauty. They span a long period of time with the characters of gods, elves, dwarves, gnomes all appearing. I would definitely recommend this for any LotR fan or those who like high fantasy. Be ready to be flipping back and forth from the story and the annotations for clarity. It is deep mythology with beautiful imagery. There is some mention of war and death, however overall it is pretty clean.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Series: Mister Rogers Poetry Books
Author: Fred Rogers
Publisher: Quirk Books; Illustrated edition
Release Date: 
March 19, 2019
Genre: Children’s Poetry Book

The New York Times Best Seller 

For the first time ever, 75 beloved songs from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and The Children’s Corner are collected in this charmingly illustrated treasury, sure to be cherished by generations of children as well as the millions of adults who grew up with Mister Rogers. 
 

It’s you I like.
It’s not the things you wear,
It’s not the way you do your hair—
But it’s you I like.
 
From funny to sweet, silly to sincere, the lyrics of Mister Rogers explore such universal topics as feelings, new siblings, everyday life, imagination, and more. Through these songs—as well as endearing puppets and honest conversations—Mister Rogers instilled in his young viewers the values of kindness, self-awareness, and self-esteem. But most of all, he taught children that they are loved, just as they are. Perfect for bedtime, sing-along, or quiet time alone, this beautiful book of meaningful poetry is for every child—including the child inside of every one of us.

Book Review:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – Poetry by Fred Rogers and Illustrated by Luke Flowers

A picture book of beautiful illustrations and poetry simple enough for a child yet profoundly meaningful. It is amazing the truths that can be taught to a child. And it is still more amazing how there are those who can take these profound thoughts and explain it so that a child might understand. It takes great skill and an understanding that is not possessed by everyone. Mr. Fred Rogers had this gift: to speak that a child might hear and understand. His songs and poetry are recorded in this book that was a Goodread’s Choice for Picture Book. Though I personally never watched his show, I have heard and seen some of the impact he has had on a generation. In reading the poetry, I was struck by both the simplicity and significance of the words. It is obviously meant for children, but they can reach anyone. The illustrations are so lovely, colorful and bright. I would definitely recommend this for any young readers or even those looking for a nostalgia kick.