5M4B disclosure


How to Lose a Lemur is one my new favorite picture books, for Frann Preston-Gannon has created a humorous adventure story with just the right combination of absurdity and heart.

“Everyone knows that once a lemur takes a liking to you, there is not much that can be done about it.”

This charming opening line accompanies a larger view of the illustration that can be seen on the cover- one of a slightly surprised young boy looking over his shoulder at a flower-wielding lemur whose cheeky grin shows off his adoration.  (The addition of lines for his teeth in the inside illustration makes the lemur even that more darling!) The boy tells the tale of the time he had a lemur fan, and how when he tried to escape his attention, more and more lemurs began to follow him. He goes to great lengths to lose these terribly cute primates, but no matter where he travels, no matter what conditions he faces, those lemurs stick right with him.

And thank goodness they do, for the boy soon finds himself in a bit of trouble… he doesn’t know the way back home. Children hearing this delightfully fun story read aloud will quickly be able to predict who will come to the boy’s aid. Those lemurs are as helpful as they are friendly. (And did I mention, CUTE?).

Okay, putting my love of primates aside, this book has it all– a fun and engaging storyline that is silly in just the right way, a pattern that allows for parents to ask young children what they think will happen next, warmly colorful illustrations that will undoubtedly make readers of all ages smile, and a wonderful excuse to show your child pictures and videos of lemurs on the internet to give them an idea of these animals in the real world!

This delightful new picture book works perfectly for one-on-one reading or as a group read aloud, and adults reading it aloud should be prepared to giggle right along with the kids.

Email Author    |    Website About Dawn

When she's not reviewing books, Dawn (and her online alter ego, morninglight mama) can be found blogging at my thoughts exactly and contributing to The DC Moms.

View all articles by


This post may contain affiliate links. When you use them, you support this site. Thank you!
See our Disclosure Policy for details.

What’s on Your Nightstand April 22

Has Spring finally sprung where you live?
Here in Texas, we’ve had some cooler-than-normal mornings that turn into warm, humid-free afternoons, which mean that I’ve had time to sit outside and read. No matter how busy I am, when the conditions are just right, I have to take 15 or 20 minutes to do that.
I’d love to hear what you’re hoping to read this month, or what you’ve just finished reading. Please link up in the widget below. If you don’t link up, I hope you’ll visit around and encourage everyone.
Be sure to scroll all the way at the bottom of the post to see links to some of our recently reviewed books you might have missed.
Check out our current giveaways.

Read the full article →



In this prize-winning collection of short stories, Elizabeth Eslami cuts deeply to the heart of the human experience in modern America, as with an expertly-wielded knife. Written in a sparse, clear form that reminded me of Raymond Carver, Hibernate takes its characters through trials and joys of everyday life, holding up a mirror to our own experience.
The characters in Eslami’s stories tend to come from small towns in the midwest (although there are exceptions). They are often poor. In Sour Milk, Deacon’s mother expected him to be “special” because of the quantity of pink boxed wine she consumed during pregnancy, and he is bound both by poverty and by the expectations of those around him. You feel hopeful for him anyway, when he manages

Read the full article →


Dave Ramsey’s Smart Money, Smart Kids #Giveaway

I’m so excited about working on this campaign with the Dave Ramsey company on his new book, co-written with his daughter Rachel Cruze.
Before I started reading the book, I wrote a post sharing the 3 life lessons I’m teaching my kids about money. I hope you’ll check it out as well.
Teaching our kids to handle money responsibly is something that is as important as any other kind of life skill, but I’m not sure we give it the attention that we should.
Please read my full review of Smart Money, Smart Kids over at 5 Minutes for Mom, where you can enter to win a copy.

Read the full article →


Can you commit to 20 minutes of reading as a family for 20 days? #Read20

I love reading aloud with my kids. My enjoyment has grown as they’ve gotten older. Whereas many parents can say that they always read 14 stories to their preschoolers every single night, I can’t say that’s the case. Of course I read to them, but did I read 20 minutes a night every night? Nope. And then once they were able to read to themselves, reading aloud with them dropped off unless I was making a conscious effort to read a chapter book with them.
But that is where my joy kicked in. I’m not always reading a book with them, but it is something we like to share.
Find out more at the Scholastic Book Club Family Reading Challenge page.
We Need You.

Read the full article →


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I’m the mother of a teenager, but I also love reading YA just for me. I love remembering what it was like to be a teen.
In Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we meet Lara Jean. She’s going to be a junior, and she knows this year is going to be different. Her sister has just left for college — in Scotland! — breaking up with her boyfriend, literally the boy next door, before she leaves. Lara Jean, Kitty, and her father have accepted Josh as a part of the family, so this changes thing for their family. The absence of Margot is even more felt in this family because she’s sort of stood in as their mother since her death

Read the full article →


5 Great Poetry Collections for Kids #NationalPoetryMonth

With April being National Poetry month, we had to share some of our favorite poetry collections. Most of these books were sent to us for review in the past, but they continue to stand out in our mind. I (Jennifer) am sharing 3 of my favorites first, and then I turn the list to Dawn, who shares two of her favorites.

The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry – This is the first book that always comes to my mind when I think of poetry collections. The combination of new and classic poems and great illustrations is a win-win.
Kenn Nesbitt’s The Tighty Whitey Spider- I love funny poetry, as does my son. This is one of mine and my son’s favorites.
I Didn’t

Read the full article →


Strong Motion by Jonathan Franzen

I like Jonathan Franzen. I’m not sure why, since it seems that one of his goals is to question and debunk principles that I hold dear, such as big business, family, purpose, goodness, and religion. But maybe that’s why. He addresses issues of our day, and the opinions he has and the characters he paints definitely reflect our society. His long-awaited novel Freedom captivated me (click through to read my review), so when Strong Motion came out in audiobook recently, I knew I wanted to try it out. It was first published in 1992, so it now reads like a bit of historical fiction, twenty years in the past. The 90′s setting was interesting, and yet the big business topic felt familiar and current.

Read the full article →


Resurrection: Books on Screen

Last year, I was awed, fascinated, and totally spooked by Jason Mott’s novel The Returned, a harrowing tale of mysterious reappearances of long-dead people. While these “returned” folks seemed just as they had been before they had died, the true fright of this story lay in the emotional toll experienced by the loved ones of the previously deceased.  While the novel briefly told of several people’s experiences returning from the dead, the main spotlight was on one family, whose eight-year-old son Jacob had returned… almost fifty years after he had drowned. Both Nancy and I were taken by this novel, and you can read our full accounts in the review we co-wrote back in September.
Even before the novel had published, it had been optioned

Read the full article →



Miles Adler-Hart is a curious 9-year-old who wants to know what his parents are planning for him. Typical enough, you’re thinking. But he goes to great lengths to find out. He hangs out on the roof to listen to conversations on the porch below. He rigs up a telephone extension so that he can listen in on conversations between his mother and her friends. He enlists his best friend, Hector, to help, and the two of them move on to reading emails and even phone tapping, with equipment purchased from Radio Shack.
Miles and Hector soon learn that their parents are separating–both sets. His mother, a very intelligent woman who is at one point called “beautiful for a mathematician” (a compliment that sends Miles into

Read the full article →


Space Saver & Alfie’s Great Escape

Space Saver: Ben has, as usual, come to Mission Control after school. Both his parents work there, and it’s usually a great place to hang out. But today, something is wrong. Everyone is shouting and upset, and there aren’t even any biscuits for his tea.  That morning, a wheel fell off the Moon Buggy with the new spy camera mounted on it, and the astronauts weren’t able to work with the tiny screws to fix it. They have flown away and left the buggy with the spy camera just lying there on the moon, where anyone could get at them.  Even the Prime Minister calls to yell about it, and Ben answers the phone. “I expect you to sort this problem out straight away,” shouts

Read the full article →


Until You’re Mine

There’s nothing like a good psychological thriller. With the smashing success of Gone Girl (linked to my review), I have a feeling we’ll continue seeing even more books in this genre.
Until You’re Mine: A Novel is the kind of novel where you are never quite sure what to believe. Just when you think you have one character’s motives figured out, something happens that turns that on end.
Claudia is the stepmother to preschool twin boys who lost their mother when they were infants. Their dad/her husband is a naval man who is gone on assignment for months at a time. So when Claudia finally gets pregnant — something we sense has been difficult for her — and he’s going to be away for the

Read the full article →