Is It Hot Enough for Ya?

It’s too hot where I live to do much other than sit on or close to an air conditioning vent. And what better time to chill out than with a book of lists? Invite a friend or two over, guzzle something cool and have fun.

To quote the lyrics of a Cole Porter song sung by Ella Fitzgerald;

I’d like to coo with my baby tonight
And pitch the woo with my baby tonight
I’d like to coo with my baby tonight
And pitch the woo with my baby tonight
But brother, you fight my baby tonight
‘Cause it’s too darn hot

According to the Kinsey Report, ev’ry average man you know
Much prefers his lovey-dovey to court
When the temperature is low
But when the thermometer goes ‘way up
And the weather is sizzling hot
Mr. Gob for his squab
A marine for his queen
A G.I. for his cutie-pie is not


So what’s up first?  How about a book about something cool to drink?


Coke or Pepsi? Girl!

Mickey Gill and Cheryl Gill

Designed by Mickey Gill and Cheryl Gill

This is a book of silliness; just the thing to while away some time at a sleepover or when you’re out with your bff tasting the latest coffee flavor at your most fav latté joint.  It is designed to be written in and cut apart and there are quizzes to take with your friends. Write your own short story or flash fiction in it.  Make lists of stuff, paint graffiti on the pretend wall, or write down secrets and lock them in the safe.  On the other hand, if you don’t say things like “fav” or my “bff” you may find this book a bit irritating and condescending.  Still, there’s a page or two where you can write down your comments about what you think of the book or life in general.  The graphics are fun and I was tempted to crumple up the page that looked like quilted toilet paper to see if it really would end up soft.  This book is designed to be bought for an individual and not for a library.

BIBLIO: 2010, Fine Print Publishing Company/, Ages 9 +, $7.99.

REVIEWER: Sarah Maury Swan

FORMAT: Middle Reader

ISBN: 978-189295147-2


Or you can pretend you’re in an air condition movie house watching a movie about cold places.  “Frozen” anybody?

Movies and TV Top Tens

Sandy Donovan

If you have a burning desire to know what the highest earning movies ever are or who the highest paid actors are or even which are the most popular reality TV shows, then this is the book for you.  This is a hard type of book to review, because the reviewer’s tastes and preferences most definitely must be checked at the door.  But those people who like lists and who care about what’s happening in the entertainment business might find this book of interest.  Placing tenth in the Highest-Earning Movies of all Time category is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest–$1,066,179,725 and the movie with the highest earnings is Avatar–$2,781,505,847.  The determining criterion is dollar amount of total tickets sold.  In the Most Watched Reality TV Shows category, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! with 11.4 million viewers came in tenth and American Idol won first place with 37.7 million viewers.  The following chapters list the Youngest Academy Award Winners for Best Actor or Actress, the Highest-Pain Actors, the Highest-Paid TV Personalities and the Truth about Top Tens, which poses questions for the reader to think about.  The final chapter encourages the reader to come up with lists for other subjects such as the best animated movie.  The book might promote discussions on values, what does subjectivity mean or other tangents to the theme.

BIBLIO: 2015, Lerner Publications Company/Lerner Publishing Group, Inc., Ages 8 to 12, $26.60.

REVIEWER: Sarah Maury Swan

FORMAT: Middle Reader

ISBN: 978-1-4677-3840-8

ISBN: 978-1-4677-4674-8


Finally think about traveling below the Equator where it’s winter time and chilling out with this final book.

Quiz Whiz 6: 1,000 Super Fun, Mind-Bending Totally Awesome Trivia Questions

National Geographic Kids Staff

This is one amazing assortment of facts presented in a user-friendly format of multiple choice, trivia quizzes.  The categories run the gamut from where seals give birth (“In the Wild”) to Will Smith’s first acting role (“Pop Culture”) to what fruit seed Persephone ate that made her return to the underworld (“Picture the Past.”) Each category is broken down into eight quizzes ranging from “Alpine Journey” the second quiz of “Wild World,” to “Rolling Down River,” the fourth quiz of “Go Get Outside.”  The sixth set of quizzes, “Go Figure,” deals with numbers including quizzes on the Taj Mahal. “Super Science,” the seventh set asks questions about simple machines and super stars and the eighth and last section is about adventure quests.  Each category ends with a “Game Show Ultimate” group of questions having to do with the subject explored.  The reader is bound to learn something in these quizzes and will have fun answering the questions.  The whole family can play the game.  The illustrations are good as well.

BIBLIO: 2015, National Geographic Kids/National Geographic Society, Ages 8 +, $9.99.

REVIEWER: Sarah Maury Swan

FORMAT: Non-Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-4263-2084-2


Fall and winter will be here before we know it and we’ll all be wishing it were hot.  We should remind ourselves to be careful what we wish for.  Please let me know what you think and what you’re doing to keep cool. Sarah


4 thoughts on “Is It Hot Enough for Ya?

  1. Sarah, I’m a southerner through and through… but this heat is a thorn in my very sweaty side. My bloodhound is melting, my skin is sticking to the air, and I’m pretty sure my lungs took a vacation back to November. 🙂

    All in all, though, I’m thankful for AC, free cups of ice from Chikfila, and a membership to the Y where I can splash in a very cold indoor pool!

    1. Good images, Donna. I love the bloodhound melting and your skin sticking to the air. Thanks for reading my blog. I love your poetry entries, BTW. I’m always impressed by people who write poetry. Enjoy the ice and the pool.

  2. Sarah,
    I can see how these titles might be useful on game nights. Our church held one last night, although I didn’t attend. I did participate in a book study earlier that day, however. I like those even better. Thanks for sharing. Keeping keeping cool.

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