Tiny-Tot Reviews: The Adventures of Isabel by Ogden Nash

Tiny Tot Reviews


Tiny Tot Reviews is a way for me to showcase some of the many children’s books that I read during my down time at the bookstore.

The Adventures of Isabel by Ogden Nash

Illustrated by Bridget Starr Taylor

The Adventures of IsabelSource: Bookstore Stock
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Series: -
Edition: Hardcover, 32 Pages
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 4/5

Meet Isabel, a remarkable girl (based on Ogden Nash’s own daughter) who encounters four fearsome foes and doesn’t worry, scream or scurry. Courage, spunk and a lot of humor help make Isabel’s adventures something you’ll share over and over again.

Beautiful watercolor paintings bring The Adventures of Isabel vividly to life, while the audio CD of Ogden Nash reading his classic poem will let everyone follow the amazing exploits of Isabel!

You know that post of chilling things kids say? (No? Check it out on Buzzfeed) This is a book for those kids. It’s a bizarre little story that honestly might freak out some more sensitive kids (or parents).

Isabel is a strong little girl who doesn’t have fear and goes into a situation ready to handle it. She encounters some creepy and dangerous foes, but takes them on head first…though I have to admit her disposition of eating monsters is a bit chilling. I find myself at odds with this one…in some cases it’s just a bit weird and in others I’m in love with it. I love that it’s a bit disturbing and that the little girl puts the monsters in their places, but holy-cow it’s weird.

The art is beautiful and a ton of fun to look at, and I love that the watercolors are so bright and vibrant. The book also comes with an audio cd with Ogden Nash reading the poem, which is a great addition since the cadence is a bit odd and I needed some help understand the rhythem.

Overall it’s a unique story with a lot of character and spunk.

4 stars

Release Day Excerpt: Beast Part 2 by Ella James (18+)

This is an erotic fairy tale inspired by Beauty and the Beast.

Yes or no? What will she do? Can Annabelle redeem Beast with her heart intact, or will her time at La Rosa Prison ruin her? Find out who Beast really is in the dark, erotic retelling of Beauty & The Beast.


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“You look nervous,” he says. His hand, still in my hair, turns to my cheek. It’s warm. Smells good. “Come and sit down.”

He takes my hand and leads me to a window seat. A built-in bench, pressed up against a wall of glass. He wraps his hands around my waist and lifts me up. Sits me down up there. My eyes scan the patchy, dirt-strewn yard outside. The way the rain smashes off the ground and into something else. The sky is white. Stark white.

“Just a minute,” he says.

My mind screams as he steps away. He reaches onto some shelves along the wall and grabs an armful of navy blue blankets. Painters’ blankets, I realize as he holds them out for me. He sits them on the bench beside me. Smooths one out. Lifts me up and sits me on it. Then he tucks another one behind me.

“Thank you,” I murmur. Despite the blankets’ tattered appearance, they seem soft enough. There’s no paint on them, and they don’t smell like it. Another one unfolded by his big hands, tucked around me.

“You got wet. Warm up a moment.”

I sit there because my brain is broken and my heart feels puffed up like a balloon.

He climbs up behind me and gently nudges me forward. He leans his torso up against mine, spreads his legs around my butt and thighs. Strong hands begin to knead my shoulders.

“Don’t be nervous here, Angel. I’ll take care of you. Always.”

About Ella James

Ella James is a Colorado author who writes teen and adult romance. She is happily married to a man who knows how to wield a red pen, and together they are raising a feisty two-year-old who will probably grow up believing everyone’s parents go to war over the placement of a comma.

Ella’s books have been listed on numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including the Movers & Shakers list and the Amazon Top 100; two were listed among Amazon’s Top 100 Young Adult Ebooks of 2012.

To find out more about Ella’s projects and get dates on upcoming releases, find her on Facebook at facebook.com/ellajamesauthorpage and follow her blog, http://www.ellajamesbooks.com. Questions or comments? Tweet her at author_ellaj or e-mail her at ella_f_james@ymail.com.

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