Mailbox Monday #252

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at To Be Continued, formerly The Printed Page, has gone through a few incarnations from a permanent home with Marcia to a tour of other blogs.  In 2014, it was decided by the community to have the meme remain at its own blog.

To check out what everyone has received over the last week, visit the blog and check out the links.  Leave yours too.

These are the books that Wiggles received over the holidays:

1.  It’s a Busload of Pigeon Books by Mo Willems from Santa.

It’s a busload of the Pigeon books! Climb on board for three picture books starring the famous beleaguered bird-Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!, and Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!-by New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Mo Willems. Next stop: super fun reading!

2. Trains: Life and Look by Felicity Brooks, F. Brooks, and illustrator Jo Litchfield from mommy and daddy.

Who’s on the steam train today? What’s happening at the station? Find out by lifting all the flaps in this delightful board book. There are lots of things to spot and a few hidden surprises along the way.

3.  Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth, illustrated by Jane Porter from her Nana and Grampie.

In this tongue-twisting, toe-tapping picture book, ducks grab socks from a big sock box and head on down to the duck sock hop. In socks with stripes and socks with spots, socks with squares and socks with dots, these brightly, boldly illustrated ducks dance until their socks go rip; and ducks teeter, tumble, twist, and trip. But not to worry; in this preschool-perfect read-aloud, when one sock hop ends, the countdown to the next one begins. So, prepare for a feel-good, giggle-inducing read.

4.  Where’s Waldo Now? by Martin Handford from Santa.

The elusive little guy you loved as a kid has ventured into an affordable new format, ready to boggle a new generationl. Now he’s easier to carry around — but just as hard as ever to find!


5.  Mystery in Bugtown by William Boniface and illustrator Jim Harris from Anna and her family.

Bad doings in Bugtown have the local insects bug-eyed. But Inspector Cricket is on the case to find out who tried to flatten local low life Charlie Roach. The second of Accord Publishing’s phenomenally successful Eyeball Animation(R) books pits the Inspector against the craziest Insectiary of suspects that the bug world has ever seen. A pair of roaming eyeballs built into this high quality hardcover picture book wiggle and jiggle from page to page as this bugland whodunit unfolds in witty and catchy verse that is as much fun for parents to read as it is for the kids to hear. A fact-filled Insect Glossary at the back of the book makes it a great learning tool as well.

6.  A Sparkly Fairy Tale

One day in Fairy Land, Fairy Sparkle decides to find a beautiful flower to live in. Join in the twinkly fun with Sparkle and help her look for a special new home.

7.  The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!

Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.

8.  A Charlie Brown Christmas Pop-Up from her neighbors.

Celebrate the season with this beautiful pop-up version of the modern-day fairytale A Charlie Brown Christmas. Charlie Brown is determined to find the true meaning of Christmas as he looks for the perfect tree for the holiday. Faithful to the original television special that airs every holiday season, this is the perfect gift for any child or collectors library.

9.  A Bug-a-Boo Day Play by David Kirk from Anna and her family.

The Sunny Patch kids can’t wait to dress up in their costumes for Bug-a-Boo Day! They’ve decided to pu on a super-spiderific play to celebrate, but it’s hard work! Can Shimmer save the play and make Bug-a-Boo Day extra special for everyone?


Here are the books I received:

10.  After Her by Joyce Maynard, which I snagged at Novel Books.

It’s the summer of 1979, and a dry, hot, northern California school vacation stretches ahead for Rachel and her younger sister Patty-the daughters a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome and chronically unfaithful detective father who loves to make women happy, and the mother whose heart he broke.

Left to their own devices, the inseparable sisters spend their days studying record jackets, concocting elaborate fantasies about the life of the mysterious neighbor who moves in down the street, and playing dangerous games on the mountain that rises up behind their house.

11.  Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy, which I snagged at Novel Books.

In 1958 Detroit, on Alder Avenue, neighbors struggle to care for neighbors amid a city ripe with conflicts that threaten their peaceful street.

Grace, Alder’s only expectant mother, eagerly awaits her first born. Best friend Julia prepares to welcome twin nieces. And Malina sets the tone with her stylish dresses, tasteful home, and ironfisted stewardship of St. Alban’s bake sale.

Life erupts when childlike Elizabeth disappears while in the care of Grace and Julia. All the ladies fear the recent murder of a black woman at the factory on Willingham Avenue where their husbands work may warn of what has become of Elizabeth, and they worry what is yet to become of Julia—the last to see Elizabeth alive.

What did you receive?


  1. Wiggles got a lot of books! I like that!

    Have a great mailbox each week, in 2014!

    Here is my post

  2. Sally Gawne says

    I bought 3 copies of the Smell of Christmas for my littlest grandchildren this Christmas. I have three reading levels to think about when picking up books for my 13 grandchildren.(Yes, I am Bragging!) I wish I had seen this blog before I bought all the books as this has such good recommendations.

  3. Hi Serena,

    I love looking at some of the great books that are available for children these days. The cover artists really have some imagination and the storylines are good enough to catch and keep the attention of those little ones … so unlike the relatively utilitarian children’s books of my youth.

    Lori Roy is definitely a new author for my reading list, as I love the sound of ‘Until She Comes Home’ and her debut novel ‘Bent Road’. Both are receiving some excellent ratings and reviews and I hope that you enjoy your copy.

    Have a great week,


  4. Have fun with the kid’s books.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  5. What cute kid’s books. Both of the ones you received should great. I’ll have to check them out.

  6. Nice books! enjoy

  7. I bought The Day the Crayons Quit. My daughter (who’s expecting her second child) read it aloud while we were together over the holidays and we all decided adults would enjoy this book as much if not more than kids.

  8. How cute is that pigeon box set! Love those books. The Day the Crayons Quit looks cute too. Enjoy your new arrivals!

  9. The children books look like ones my grandson would enjoy!

    I’ve had After Her on my TBR list for a while. Until She Comes Home sounds really good.

  10. I love The Day the Crayons Quit! It’s actually what I bought my nephew for Christmas. In some ways I think it’s too bad I don’t have kids yet, because otherwise it would have a place in my home as well!

  11. I really enjoyed After Her. I want to read The Day the Crayons Quit – it looks adorable!

    • I cannot wait to read all of these books with her, but the bug one and the pigeon ones are winning out right now. After Her is one I saw on your blog, and I couldn’t resist picking it up

  12. You and the kids got some great books. Enjoy!

  13. I love the assortment of books for Wiggles. I hope you both enjoy them! 🙂