Book Review: Into the North Wind by Jill Homer

You know its been a long time since I did a book review post when I have NO idea what or when the last one was! (I just checked, it was back in August!) A month ago I felt the need to read a cycling book.

When it comes to cycling books, I am happy to read about any bikes. Trikes, road bikes, recombinants or mountain bikes. Racers, and those just seeing country are all fun. This one combined mountain biking racing AND crossing some serious country… Continue reading “Book Review: Into the North Wind by Jill Homer”

Keeping the Little Ones Happy!

Last week I passed a dad towing a bike trailer, and in it was a little girl and her younger sister.  I could hear the older girl talking, to the younger one, so when I went by them I looked behind me, and I saw the big sister was reading the little one a book.  I could see they had quite a few in there and I thought to myself “Now THERE’s a way to keep the kids happy while getting in some miles!  Wish I had thought of that back in the day!

I then thought, “Hey I know 2 books that might work if parents want to use this trick to get in the miles.”  Shoot, if there is only one kid, maybe he or she can read to dad.

Now in the interest of full disclosure, the books i am going to list here were written and illustrated by a good friend of mine, Renee Hazen.  However, I have a firm rule, I only recommend bike gear, wine, beer and books that I deem worthy.  I don’t care WHO wrote them.  So here it is I hope you enjoy!

The first book is Mr. Bunnyman:  http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Bunnyman-Renee-Hazen/dp/1461005329/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361856451&sr=8-1&keywords=Mr+Bunnyman

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Renee wrote this book after her son was born, inspired by a stuffed rabbit she was given prior to his birth.  You can’t help but feel the love she has for her son while reading the pages.  Just as importantly, the colors and pictures would have made my 2 sons want to read this over and over again!

Her second book is:  26 Wishes: http://www.amazon.com/26-Wishes-Renee-Hazen/dp/0615650368/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y

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This is an Alphabet book in which each letter is a wish for the future of her son.  For example, A is for Art, Beauty alive in activity, may your life be full of color and creativity.  It’s a way to learn the alphabet, and feel the love for a child 26 times over.  I personally think the illustrations in this book are even better than the first.

I still own both these books, and trust me, being the cold and callous person I am, if they truly weren’t great, I would’ve given them away long ago.

However, to be a fair review, I have always been told to give a balanced review!  I do have a pet peeve.  When she was writing this one, she let me know what the format was.  Since she has a son, I still believe the letter “T” should have been “T is for Tailgating before the big game!  If you keep this tradition, if the team loses you won’t get the blame!”  Poetry in motion!

Ok, maybe not, if you want to know what “T” really is, get the book!

Both of these are perfect for your own kids, grandkids, or someone baby shower.  And, and I said earlier, you might get another 5 miles out of the kid in the trailer if you have them both!