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Greasy Rider, by Greg Melville & a BBAW GIVEAWAY!!!

I recieved this ARC of Greasy Rider, by Greg Melville as part of the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. Thank you Library Thing!

Here’s my review:

Two guys decide to make a cross-country trip in a converted Mercedes that runs on used vegetable oil…basically french fry grease. Written as a travel narrative of sorts, we get to go along for the ride as they cruise across the country.

We learn early on that Greg Melville is not a “car” man. He knows how to drive ’em, but doesn’t know too much about fixing them. Well aware of his shortcomings, he decides to bring along a friend from college, Iggy. Iggy is very practical and can take a look at something and usually figure it out. This comes in handy quite a bit as they make their trek across the country.

As you can imagine. There are a lot of funny pit stops along the way. For one, they need to find grease. Good, clean, grease. Not all grease is created equal. Some restaurants have grease that contains large food particles and water. Water is not good for an engine so there are some funny moments as they attempt to get good, quality grease.

In addition to their constant quest for grease, they also make several side trips, “errands” as they call them to places like Al Gore’s home, Google headquarters, etc. The Google trip was fascinating. If I worked there, I would never leave!

Interspersed throughout are facts about carbon offsets and wind technology and how turbines work. I didn’t know anything about carbon offsets prior to reading this and I found these sections to be quite informative. Did you know that you can buy carbon offsets to lower your own carbon footprint? I didn’t know that.

Overall, this was a really fun book riddled with interesting facts about the environment. I enjoyed the travel narrative format as well. It allowed for a quick read. I would have liked to have seen more interaction between Greg and Iggy. Two guys cannot be in the same car for that length of time and not have stuff to say about it. I will say though that I am a bit more aware now on the impact that I have on the environment. With that said…would you like to be more aware too??

Now for the GIVEAWAY. In honor of BBAW, I am giving away my ARC copy of Greasy Rider to one lucky reader! Here’s what you need to do:

  • EMAIL me the answer to this question: Are you doing anything right now to go green? If so, what? Please put Greasy Rider Giveaway in the subject line.
  • This giveaway is open to all US residents.
  • Giveaway will close by 9/21, 7pm PST and the winner will be announced on this blog on Monday, 9/22. I will contact the winner for their mailing address.

Good luck!

Bad Kitty, by Nick Bruel

My daughter loves her books. We picked up Bad Kitty, by Nick Bruel from the library last weekend and we have been reading it ever since. There is also a “cat nipped” version, where there are actual bites taken out of the hardcover. That is the version we checked out and if you have the opportunity to buy it, I suggest that version. She really got a kick out of it. Great marketing idea.

Bad Kitty used to be a good kitty, until his owner forgot to buy his favorite foods. The next few pages tell, along with great illustrations, what Bad Kitty is doing to his home and those around him. He fights with the neighbor, he attacks the vet, etc. The pictures are hilarious. My four-year old was laughing out loud.

Halfway through the book, his owner comes home with his favorite treats, which are described in great detail and then he is transformed into Good Kitty once again. It’s a predictable romp but fun to read out loud. The only downside is that there are some words that a young child would not understand.. so I had to replace them with other words as I read the story out loud.

Because of the vocabulary, I would say this book is geared towards the 5-6 age range and will appeal to boys and girls alike. It’s silly but a lot of fun. Check it out if you can!