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The 5 Greatest Spankings of All Time

The 5 Greatest Spankings of All Time by Rob Wood

This is a small book with big impact. A look back in time to the 1950’s through the eyes of a now grown man. As a child Rob grew up living on a 365 acre ranch with his mom and dad, Betty and Bullethead, and his 2 younger brothers, Randy and Rich. At that time it was not uncommon for children to get a ‘lickin’ when they had misbehaved. Kids then didn’t have video games and didn’t watch hours of television. They actually went outside and played, usually games that were made up on the spot or based on some concept like cowboys and Indians.

Out on the ranch Rob, Randy and youngest brother Rich, were always up for a new experience. The trouble was that most of those experiences that they had lead to a group ‘lickin’ administered by their father. He believed in the group punishment idea, as did most parents in those days, and had the 3 rules, known as Bullethead’s Rules, written down and posted throughout the house.

This book tells the story of the 3 boys who had great ideas, very little fear (Randy wanted to be a daredevil when he grew up) and what happens when the great ideas the boys come up with and then implement take a slightly or sometimes greatly wrong turn.

Now for some people they’ll say that ‘Oh, that’s horrible, spanking the children!’ and say that they should have been removed from the home. But that was not the way it was then. And I know that for myself (I was born slightly later, in the 60’s) I never considered it child abuse, it was what happened when you got caught doing something that although was fun, was definitely wrong.

This book has brought back some great memories of my own childhood. My 2 older brothers (they were both born in the 50’s, several years before my sister and I) took it as their sacred duty to teach my sister and I some fine things like “How to blow up mom’s cabbage plants with a nail and a ladyfinger firecracker (or for a better slaw, 2 ladyfingers). Yes we got punished, each of us got a lickin, and we all had to go out and scrub the neighbor’s garage because the smell of rotting cabbage was pretty rank. But boy we sure had fun!

I loved how Rob Wood has taken his childhood memories and shared them with us. The story is told very clearly and with a lot of humor. He brings you right back there with he and his brothers, once with his cousin Larry, his parents and his grandparents. A humorous, well written quick read that is well worth the time to read.

I received my copy from the author and my review was unsolicited

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Two Sisters: prattle tales of playful girls by Laura Wright LaRoche

 

 

 

10 little stories starring two little girls, 6 year old Addy and her younger sister, 4 year old Izzy. The girls have very different styles, Izzy always wears dresses and Addy’s favorite color is green. They do have one thing in common, they love to torment each other.

 

 

 
In each of the stories entitled Butterfly, Sticks, School Day, Mushroom Hunting, Her Party, Fishing, Garden, Zoo, Rainy Day,  and Vacation, Addy and Izzy are together (except School Day when Addy is at her first day of grade 1 and Rainy Day where Izzy is at home with her mom while Addy is at school) and each wants things her own way and will do whatever it takes to get her way even if it means tattling, hitting, crying or lying.

 

 

 
The stories are well written and at times, humorous and the descriptions of the girls is very well done.  However I don’t necessarily see the girls as playful. To me they’re spoiled brats that say and do whatever they like while their mother is absolutely oblivious. If my children were young, I’m not sure if I would want them to read this book, they had enough of their own bad ideas.

 

 

 
I won this book through GoodReads giveaway and my review was unsolicited.


Looking For Love On Mongo Tongo

Looking For Love On Mongo Tongo by Margaret J. McMaster

Book Two of the Babysitter Out of Control! Series

 

 

 

Mrs Chairbottom is on her way to babysit 8 year old Stewart and she’s stuck in traffic. Stewart convinces his parents to leave so they won’t miss their flight, they are off on vacation. Stewart knows he won’t get into trouble, at least not til Mrs. Chairbottom gets there. She’s a walking trouble magnet and she’s bringing Petey her parrot, and that means double trouble!

 

 
When Mrs. Chairbottom arrives, she’s using a cane. She received it after falling in some hedges while doing a ‘Save the Whales’ marathon. After momentarily forgeting Petey the parrot in the car, and having to listen to him squawk, Stewart knows this is going to be a long week!

 

 
When Stewart sees Petey he’s shocked by how he looks. Talk about your bad hair day! He asks Mrs. Chairbottom about it and she launches into the story about how Petey fell in love on Mongo Tongo with one of the wild parrots there and is so love struck that being away from her is causing him to lose all his feathers. Stewart asks Mrs. Chairbottom if this could make Petey sick, like die from it sick.

 

 
Suddenly Mrs. Chairbottom has a plan! She, Stewart, Petey and her driver/attendant Ronald are going to fly to Mongo Tongo and find Petey’s girlfriend. What could possibly go wrong?

 

 
This is a wonderful children’s story that would appeal to both boys and girls. Its 57 pages long, so wouldn’t be intimidating for children that aren’t really book lovers. The story is quick paced, easy to read and has beautiful color illustrations. The touches of humor, action and friendship will definitely appeal to children.

 

 

I received my copy through GoodReads and my review was unsolicited.

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