Stanley at School, Linda Bailey, Kids Can Press, 2015.
This is a fun little book about a dog named Stanley who is curious about what the kids do in school. He asks his dog friends at the park, but they do not anymore than he does. He convinces them to join him in breaching the school doors. And what could go wrong with four dogs in an elementary school?
Bill Slavin’s illustrations are perfect for the story. They are colorful, fun, and engaging. The illustrations, like all good illustrations, help tell the story. These are no different. The bright pictures reinforce how Stanley and his friends drive the story. In fact, you do not hear a human speak until the custodian, with his broom in hand, says, “Bad dogs.”
In her book, “For the Love,” Christian writer, blogger, and DIYer, Jen Hatmaker provides a collection of essays ranging from helicopter parenting to the future of Christianity. The idea for her book comes from a phrase she acknowledges she says a lot: “For the love.” It’s like saying, “Good grief,” or “WTF?” in different situations. Each essay (chapter) covers something that she has encountered that has caused her to utter the words, “For the love.”
The target audience for this book is the large number of women readers that have been congregating around Hatmaker for the last several years thanks to successes like her book “7.” Having said that, I enjoyed reading this book (there were some sections I skipped over). Haymaker comes from an evangelical background, which she explains at different points, highlighting the good things that came from that and the more challenging things. At her current place in life, a 40-something writer, mom, and pastor’s wife, she recognizes that church no longer needs to be the way it was.