I have many specific memories of my parents reading Beverly Cleary to my siblings and me. Our family sitting around on couches and the floor, laughing out loud during RAMONA THE PEST, BEEZUS AND RAMONA, and others. You can't put a price on that. Once reading at that level, I collected the HENRY HUGGINS books, … Continue reading Beverly Cleary 1916 – 2021
Okay. It's been over two years since I've been in the blogging world. I wanted more time to spend on my novels, so I stepped away from it for a while. But now I'm feeling it again. Let's begin this new round of posts with a look at the oldest Star Wars item I have. … Continue reading 1977 Topps Star Wars Cards
We interrupt our usual posts about books, toys, and writing to bring you this report. Ace reporter, News-Finder Bob, reports he was granted access to a secret space mission in which a 6th moon of Pluto was discovered. Here are some exclusive photos of the strange alien landscape, riddled with massive canyons. So far no … Continue reading First Close-Up Photos of Pluto’s Hidden 6th Moon?!
Good morning my toy-dusty friends! It's high time for another book recommendation, so here we go: Published by Houghton Mifflin Company in 1989, BILL PEET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY measures in at 10 x 8 inches and has 190 pages. A nice sized book! It's loaded with outstanding illustrations and was named a Caldecott Honor Book. If … Continue reading Bill Peet: An Autobiography
Jabba the Hutt's Sail Barge is ready for departure, and today's post is your ticket to ride! Early last year, Hasbro announced they would make a Sail Barge vehicle compatible with the 3.75 inch STAR WARS action figures. But there was a catch. It would only be produced if Hasbro received at least 5,000 pre-orders … Continue reading JABBA’S SAIL BARGE by Hasbro
I had the privilege of reading an Advance Reader's Edition. I'm not going to say much, out of fear of spoiling something, so I'll leave it at this: Terrifying. Funny. Edge of the seat thriller. Courageous. Heartbreaking. Heartwarming. An incredible use of language that puts me 100% into the minds of these poor fox kits. … Continue reading SCARY STORIES FOR YOUNG FOXES by Christian McKay Heidicker
With CAPTAIN MARVEL now in theaters, let's see what we have in the good old Barnes & Noble toy department: We have six inch scale action figures in stock, and each comes with an additional part of a bonus figure. If you collect all the figures in the set, you will have all the pieces … Continue reading B&N Toy Alert: Captain Marvel Action Figures and Funko Pops!
Of course we all know and love ROCKY & BULLWINKLE & FRIENDS. And now we have ROCKY and BULLWINKLE Funko Pops! Most are familiar with BORIS and NATASHA, but their dastardly commander, FEARLESS LEADER, is a less known character. And so I was pleasantly surprised that Funko didn't leave him out of the set. All … Continue reading Rocky & Bullwinkle Funko Pops!
The taste of goodness. The taste of heaven. The reason why eating was invented. Yes, my toy-dusty friends. I speak... of Twinkies. Where would our lives be without Twinkies? Nay, such a thought is too foul to digest. According to my calculations, Twinkies will unite humanity. Someday. Probably. And at the center of all this … Continue reading Twinkie the Kid
Many BARNES & NOBLE stores have upgraded their Games/Toys department, and so I will be doing a B&N Toy Alert post from time to time to show some of the cool things they have now. There's a superhero bay that has, among other spectacular items, these Marvel figures: These 7-inch-scale figures have several points of … Continue reading B&N Toy Alert: MARVEL FIGURES!