Mailbox Monday #236

Mailbox Monday (click the icon to check out the new blog) has gone on tour since Marcia at To Be Continued, formerly The Printed Page passed the torch.  September’s host is Notorious Spinks Talks.

The meme allows bloggers to share what books they receive in the mail or through other means over the past week.

Just be warned that these posts can increase your TBR piles and wish lists.

Here’s what I received:

1. The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook from Knopf for review.

1946, post-World War II, Hamburg. While thousands wander the rubble, lost and homeless, Colonel Lewis Morgan, charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the denazification of its defeated people, is stationed in a grand house on the River Elbe. He is awaiting the arrival of his wife, Rachael—still grieving for their eldest son—and their only surviving son, Edmund. But rather than force the owners of the house, a German widower and his rebellious daughter, out onto the streets, Lewis insists that the two families live together. In this charged atmosphere, both parents and children will be forced to confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal, to their deepest desires, their fiercest loyalties, and the transforming power of forgiveness.

2.  Egg to Chicken by Camilla De la Bédoyère for 50 cents for Wiggles from library sale.  It has cute little peek-a-boo places behind the eggs.

Learn what happens from an egg to a chicken in this book that is packed with fantastic facts about their life cycle. Amazing photographs show children the processes that chickens go through on their way to being fully grown.

3. An Adventure With Charlie Chick by Maurice Pledger for 50 cents for Wiggles from library sale.  Another cute peek-a-boo book.

Children and parents adore these cleverly crafted interactive adventures. Kids get to turn flaps to reveal pop-up surprises on every page; each book also ends with an entire pop-up scene. Maurice Pledger’s artwork is painstakingly detailed and resonates with a warmth and joy. Kids will want to explore the natural world with these lovable characters again and again. Series includes: An Adventure with Billy Bunny, An Adventure with Bobby Bear, An Adventure with Charlie Chick, An Adventure with Morris Mouse, An Adventure with Olivia Owl, An Adventure with Oscar Otter, An Adventure with Polly Polar Bear, and An Adventure with Winnie Wolf. Look for Maurice Pledger’s Sticker Books and Nature Trail Books.

4.  Telling the Time by Heather Amery, illustrated by Stephen Cartwright for 50 cents for Wiggles from library sale.  

This is a new, board-paged edition of the timeless favourite which will help children begin to understand about how to tell the time. It follows a day in the life of the Boot family down on Apple Tree Farm, as Poppy and Sam learn to tell the time along with the reader. Each page shows a different activity, as well as the time it is being done, which the reader can then turn the hands on the toy clock to face. It features the charming illustrations of Stephen Cartwright. With a little yellow duck to find on each page, there is plenty to keep young children entertained.

5.  What I Like About Me! by Allia Zobel Nolan, illustrated by Miki Sakamoto for Wiggles for 50 cents from the library sale.

This fun-loving book proves to kids that, in a world where fitting in is the norm, being different is what makes us special.The kids in What I Like About Me! are as different as night and day. And, guess what? They love it. Some adore the fact that their braces dazzle and gleam, others feel distinguished when they wear their glasses. Still others wouldn’t trade their big feet for a lifetime of free video games. A mylar mirror embedded in the last page let kids take a look at themselves and decide what they like best about themselves.

Stay tuned for more books I got from the library sale next week!

What did you receive?


  1. Enjoy your reads and have a good week.

  2. My mother-in-law were just wondering if children are taught to read time on traditional clocks anymore. Looks like a cute book!

  3. Great books! I love the deals you found at the sale. Wiggles is so lucky! Enjoy your goodies!! 🙂

  4. Enjoy your new books. Have a great week.

  5. The Aftermath caught my eye, and What I Like About Me sounds like a good one. Enjoy!

  6. Beth Hoffman says

    I have such a soft spot for children’s books. Enjoy reading them to Wiggles!

  7. The Aftermath is one I want to read.

    Your other books are going to be cute reads….ENJOY them all.

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  8. I didn’t have time to update my post so will add my library sale finds next time. Hope Wiggles enjoys her new books!
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  9. What I Like About Me looks adorable! I wonder how many traditional clocks Wiggles will encounter in her lifetime.