Tag Archives: children’s literature

Birthday sweets.

It was my birthday last week. It wasn’t a particularly exciting day, but Corey made me a delicious Korean dinner (at my request) and he even got me these adorable treats from T&T (the monster of Asian supermarkets). The cute little bear-faced treats are actually small cakes, and the pink and yellow tubes are a long tube of cake, with some cream, and the outside is some sort of doughy goodness that is common in Chinese sweets.

T&T birthday treats.

In return, I made cupcakes for Corey’s birthday five days later. I used the Flower Cupcakes from Smitten Kitchen along with the Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting from Smitten Kitchen’s best birthday cake/icing duo. The cupcakes were very good – perfectly moist with a light, mildly sweet flavour. The chocolate icing was good but I recommend halving the recipe for cupcakes – as I used less than half and now have a ton of chocolate sour cream icing sitting in the fridge. I guess this is not necessarily a bad thing.

birthday cupcakes.

I also made a no-bake cheesecake with cherry topping, but unfortunately I have no photos of that one…

It is HOT in Ontario. Apparently we are breaking some heat records. I turned on the air conditioner as soon as I got home from French class today. There was a massive thunderstorm so I thought maybe it broke the humidity and I could turn off the A/C as I hate wasting energy on it, but the air is still very warm and I greatly regret my energy-saving decision. This cold raspberry beer isn’t even helping.

In other news, I have a part-time job at a local children’s bookstore! I am thrilled to be back in the world of children’s literature. Actually, as a bookseller and aspiring librarian, I am thinking of starting a book review blog for children’s books and YA books. I’m still working out what I’d like to do with a blog like that – my biggest decision right now is whether to keep the children’s reads as a separate blog from the YA reads. I also need to figure out my audience (professionals in the field, or people who just like to read?). Hopefully that can launch soon once I work out the details. I might even just start a book blog for all books I read, just for myself, regardless of genre or targeted age group.

And now, I will melt into the couch with my beer and continue watching Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Holes, by Louis Sachar.

School has been getting the best of me these past few weeks, so I’m going to update about a book that I read recently for class.

Holes.

Holes.

I’m a little late on the Holes train. This novel sold itself when I worked at the bookstore, so I never bothered to read it, although I was assured it was very good. It is actually excellent.

Stanley Yelnats is the slightly overweight kid who sometimes gets picked on but shows great qualities as he grows over the course of the story. (Never mind that in the film, he is played by a skinny Shia LeBeouf.) When he is sent to “camp” for something he didn’t do, he finds himself accompanied by several other young boys digging holes. Lots and lots of holes, out in the desert. Over the course of the story, we find out why. In addition to Stanley’s story, we also get a wild west kind of tale, and amidst the adventure and funny bits, there is an underlying theme of racial tension.

The friendship between Stanley and Zero is so heartwarming. Their friendship becomes part of the bigger story, but they really are just two kids from two completely different backgrounds who find solidarity in trying not to let the camp, and the Warden, defeat them.

I absolutely loved this book. I would like my own copy for future rereads.