Saturday, August 22, 2020

Book Review: Diwali by Thrity Umrigar


“All over the world, Diwali marked the victory of goodness and light.” ⁣
Couldn’t we all use some goodness and light right now? ⁣
Diwali, written by Thrity Umrigar (@thrity_umrigar) and illustrated by Nidhi Chanani (@nidhiart) tells the story of Binny who must present Diwali to her classmates. ⁣
Like most children, Binny is nervous, so her mother and father cook some of her favorites for breakfast on the day of her presentation: jalebis and pedals.⁣
But once the teacher calls on her to tell about Diwali, Binny freezes. Awkwardly, her classmates giggle or wait silently for her to continue. With the the help of her teacher, Binny finds the confidence to tell about her favorite holiday to a room of kids who, like myself, don’t know much about the Indian Festival of Lights. ⁣
For young readers and parents, @scholastic presents a beautifully bright and colorful history of Diwali so that every child can learn about this colorful and peaceful holiday. With purples, yellows, oranges, reds, greens, and blues, Chanani illustrates a brilliant canvas to showcase the colors and lights of the Diwali holiday. ⁣
In the back of the book is the story of Diwali and the Five Days of Diwali for readers who would like to know more about the origin and celebration of the holiday. 🎆🎇

Monday, August 10, 2020

Review: Fright Favorites

For my review of Fright Favorites, I decided to ask my husband to guest post. Brett Gallman writes for and @dailygrindhouse, and he’s been published on @fangoria so you can definitely trust his opinion. So here’s his take on the book!⁣

⁣Fright Favorites is a terrific horror movie primer that includes a fascinating preface about the history of Halloween on film starting with the silent era. David Skal’s selections to “haunt your Halloween and beyond” feature some interesting anecdotes and photographs, plus a companion selection for each entry that highlights relatively obscure titles. An essential book especially for those just starting their journey into horror movie history.⁣

⁣I’ve included photos of one of the opening pages and a feature on SCREAM, which is my favorite horror movie. Another favorite section is Hocus Pocus. It really doesn’t matter what mode of horror you like, this book covers classics to modern frights like GET OUT. 

Definitely check this one out! ⁣

You can pre-order Fright Favorites now at or