Book Review: A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager, Kristin Blackwood (Illustrator), Mike Blanc (Illustrator)

About the Book:

A Tale of Two Daddies is a playground conversation between two children. The boy says he heard that the girl has two dads. The girl says that is right–she has Daddy and Poppa. True to a child’s curiosity, practical questions follow: “Which dad helps when your team needs a coach? / Which dad cooks you eggs and toast?” To which she answers: “Daddy is my soccer coach. / Poppa cooks me eggs and toast.”

Intended for 4- to 8-year-olds, this book introduces a type of family increasingly visible in modern society. Neither favoring nor condemning, it reflects a child’s practical and innocent look at the adults who nurture and love her. It becomes clear that the family bond is unburdened by any cultural discomforts.

Paperback, 42 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Vanita Books
ISBN: 0981971466 (ISBN13: 9780981971469)
edition language: English
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My rating: ★★★★★

Adorable. I have no other words for it. I loved the drawings, if only the dads had faces too. But I guess that’s not the point of the book. I know, I know. The point is, in its simplicity, it managed to convey that it didn’t matter if the little girl had two daddies, they are a family.

My most favorite part of the book is the last question:

Who is your dad when you’re sad and need some love?

and the answer:

Both, of course.

On point. At the end of the day, that’s what counts the most, isn’t it? Love.

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Cover Reveal Party: In Shadows Waiting by Stewart Bint


About The Book


Title: In Shadows Waiting

Author: Stewart Bint

Genre: Paranormal, Horror

Young Simon Reynolds lives a bucolic life at his family home, White Pastures, surrounded by a loving family and a charming community. Simon finishes his A levels and looks forward to unwinding while his sisters work on their tans.

Meanwhile the tiny community of Meriton has been plagued by a spate of burglaries, and White Pastures seems to be next. A shadowy figure stalks the house, but the police can find no signs of an intruder.

Inspired by the author’s real-life experience with the supernatural, In Shadows Waiting recounts a summer that changes the Reynolds’ lives forever. As the summer progresses, the shadows take on an altogether more sinister implication, and White Pastures begins to reveal a terrifying secret.

The epicenter of an event that has scarred an entire community, White Pastures grows more and more dark, possessed by a shadow that yearns, a shadow that will not be denied. At White Pastures, someone will die — but love never will.

Author Bio

Stewart Bint is a novelist, magazine columnist and PR writer. He lives with his wife Sue in Leicestershire in the UK, and has two children, Christopher and Charlotte. As a member of a local barefoot hiking group, when not writing he can often be found hiking barefoot on woodland trails.




National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) 2015 Blog Tour: Wish List

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Hello, readers! Our topic for this week is about what we, as readers, wish to see out there in bookstores in the future.

Hulyo 20 – 25: Wish List
Anong Pilipinong aklat pambata o pangkabataan ang gusto mong mailimbag? (Maaaring paksa, uri ng aklat, o ng isang manunulat o ilustrador. Maaaring maglista nang higit sa isa pa.)

What Filipino children’s / young adult book do you want published? (You can choose from themes, genre, book of a particular writer or illustrator.  Feel free to list one or more.

Please note I haven’t got the time to research if my wish list already exists in the market so I’m apologizing in advance if that is the case. Without further ado, here is mine:

Children’s Books

When I was still unable to read, both my grandmother and sister tirelessly told me stories. Sometimes they’d read books to me out loud, sometimes they’d share it to me from their memory.

1. Stories of Juan Tamad (Lazy John)

Because I doubt the children of today know who he is. Admittedly, I can’t remember all of Juan Tamad’s stories anymore (I was maybe two or three all right). But I do remember the story of Juan Tamad and the crabs.

One day, his mother asked him to buy crabs in the market. Juan, being the lazy boy that he is, chose to play with the other kids instead of going home and released the crabs into the water, asking the crabs to go home ahead of him.

2. Other Philippine Folk Tales

We have a lot of folk tales, folklore, legends, myths. Again, I can’t recall them anymore but every region has one: Visayan, Ilocano, Tagalog (as in the case of Juan Tamad), Waray etc. The stories usually involved fruits, trees, animals. I vaguely remember stories about pineapple, coconut, bananas, monkeys, turtles, etc. I’m sure some of the stories are already out there.

3. Life stories of our lesser known heroes and other notable Filipinos like Carlos P. Romulo and Fe del Mundo.

Because. Their life stories need to be told. They gave excellent service to the country and are a good role model. Need I say more? 🙂

Young Adult Books

I hope to see more of these, like Edgar Calabia Samar’s Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon.


Sa tournament ng TALA Online sa bayan ng Balanga, namatay ang lahat ng manlalaro maliban kay Janus. Sunod-sunod pa ang naging kaso ng pagkamatay ng mga kabataan sa computer shops sa iba’t-ibang panig ng bansa. Kinontak si Janus ng nagpakilalang Joey, isa rin umano sa mga nakaligtas sa paglalaro ng TALA na gaya niya. Hindi inasahan ni Janus ang mga matutuklasan niya mula rito na mag-uugnay sa kanya sa misteryo ng kinahuhumalingan niyang RPG—at sa alamat ng Tiyanak mula sa Tábon!


I love books like Janus Silang and Veronica Mist’s The Seven. Both for young adults, these books have a touch of horror, fantasy, and adventure.


First of five books. The Key of Credence tells us about Ryan and her friends and how their simple curiosity brought forth a multitude of problems to them. This book lets the readers experience an entirely new and different world—one that involves the Heavens and the Helles, and most of all—it shows how the humans themselves and how the innate goodness of their souls can create a huge difference on just about everything.


The book doesn’t have to have a touch of horror. It can be contemporary like Candy Gourlay’s Tall Story.

What you want is not always what you get.
Even when your wishes come true

Andi desperately hopes her long lost half-brother Bernardo will be as mad on basketball as she is. But when he steps off the plane from the Philippines, she cannot believe her eyes. She hasn’t seen him for ten years, but even so, how did he get to be EIGHT FOOT TALL? An eight-foot tall boy who is about to crash into her life with his size 22 feet.

But Bernardo is not what he seems.
Bernardo is a hero, Bernardo works miracles, and Bernardo has an amazing story to tell.

A bittersweet story, funny, sad, and magical.


This concludes my weekly post for the tour. Thank you for staying with us. I hope you go participate in the activities. Check out the schedule here:


National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) 2015: Librarians Workshop and Children’s Book Fair (July 25)


Umuulan ng Libro! As part of the 32nd National Children’s Books Day, a Children’s Book Fair on July 25 in Rizal Library at the Ateneo de Manila University will be held.

The Librarian’s Workshop: Creative Reading Programs for School Libraries Servicing K-12 Learners will also be held on the same day. For more information about any of the above events, please email or visit Philippine Board On Books For Young People Page on Facebook.

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

I’ve been tagged by Claire over at the Coffeeholic Bookworm! Thank you again, Claire, for nominating me. Honored and thrilled to answer the questions. ❤

1 How long have you been a blogger?

I’ve only been blogging for a year and ten months. I joined this book club Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books (PRPB) at goodreads and some of the members have a blog and I was like, I want that, too. *laughs* I think I just want to put my thoughts out there about the books I love and hopefully encourage one or two people to read.

2 At what point do you think you will stop?

When I can’t read and type anymore? Which means when I’m pretty much dead because I don’t think I’d ever stop loving reading and writing so yeah. Maybe if I get Parkinson’s? Or if I become blind? Hopefully not. When I was in third grade (I was eight) I was contemplating about what would happen if I grow old and that’s when I agonized about going blind. Because of all the reading I did I was afraid I would (go blind) then I won’t be able to read anymore (I didn’t know there was such a thing as Braille then). I was willing to trade my arm for my eyes, it would be hard and painful to lose, but given a choice?

3 What is the best thing?

It’s just as Claire said: receiving ARCs, being in touch with authors and fellow bloggers, being able to talk to them about books we both love. I mean, when I was growing up, I was the only kid in class who loved to read. But then I had my best friend Jihan who did.

It changed when I went to high school in Quezon. In my third (high) school (I moved a lot), in junior year, two of my classmates read. Needless to say, I become friends with them.

I also love that I get blog awards. Lol. I love the awards; it means someone, somewhere out there bothers to read what I write and that’s a good thing. ❤ It means a lot to me. It’s a bonus I didn’t expect from doing what I love. 🙂

4 What is the worst thing?

Ah. Like Claire, I can’t think of anything. I love everything about blogging.

5 How long does it take you to find/create pictures for your post?

Not much, they’re provided by the authors. If there’s none, I get them from Goodreads.

6 Who is your book crush?

It’s always a pair with me. I guess I love the idea of people finding each other. For the moment I love JX and Kit – the characters of Josh Lanyon’s Holmes and Moriarity series. Then of course there’s Sasuke and Naruto of Naruto. I know, I know, that’s not how it happened. *laughs*

7 What author would you like to have on your blog?

I’m open to authors whose writing I’m sure I would love.

8 What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

House clothes, comfy clothes. ❤ I take my posts seriously, it wouldn’t do to wear something uncomfortable, something that would trigger my allergy (urticaria). If the weather is cold, I have to ensure I’m warm enough, if it’s warm, er, that’s a challenge. I have to ensure my hives won’t break out.

9 How long does it take you to prepare?

It depends on the book review I’m working on. Sometimes my post is unbelievably long and complicated I’ll have to work on it for several days, maybe an hour each day until I finish it or until I’m contented. Until I feel I was able to finally convey my feelings, or at least close to it.

10 How do you feel about the book/blogger community/culture?

I love the culture and the community. I love hearing from them, I love reading their posts. It’s where I get an idea of what book to pick up next. ❤

11 What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Okay, I don’t really know how to answer this seeing as I don’t get hits much. Maybe more posts? Do reviews of books in the mainstream? Maybe do more giveaways? Maybe a combination all of the above? I’m not sure.

I would like to nominate the following wonderful blogs:

National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) 2015 Blog Tour: Dream Date

NCBD Blog Tour HeaderHello, readers! We are currently on the second week of the blog tour for the National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) 2015. And here is the theme for this week:

Hulyo 14 – 19: Dream Date Sinong manunulat o ilustrador ang nais mong makasama sa isang araw/gabí? (Kailangang mga aklat pambata at pangkabataan ang nililikha niya. Maaari ring maglista nang higit sa isa pa.)

Translation:Which Filipino writer or illustrator do you want to be with for a day/a night? (Their works must be geared towards children and young adults. Feel free to list more than one.)

Filipinos are talented hands down, if they don’t sing, they write or paint. I’m a huge admirer of talented/gifted/intelligent people so it’s not surprising that my list is long. Thankfully, we have a restriction, being that their works should be geared for kids or young adult, my list therefore, is mercifully shorter. Lol. ❤

Here are the writers/illustrators whom I believe are a cut above the rest and with whom I want to spend a date with. I’ll start with:

CJ de Silva1. CJ de Silva

Known as a “Gifted Child” and a “Promil Kid” of the ’90s, CJ de Silva is now an art director and graphic designer. She still loves to paint and illustrate.

I admire CJ because not only did she hold various exhibits as a child (and sold paintings while she was at it, with price ranging from P5,000.00 to P100,000.00 at the time), she also graduated magna cum laude (meaning with great honor) from the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Fine Arts, with a degree in Visual Communications.

While Filipinos are generally accepting and kind, there’s always that one person who “organize” bullying against a person/classmate who are more talented and more intelligent thanPicture1 the rest. Being on the receiving end of that kind of bullying I can attest that it is not easy. And that is why, more than her talent and intelligence, I admire CJ for her courage and strength, for she is someone who  endured bullying in high school and still, she emerged as a successful person that she is today.

You can watch interviews on CJ here:

done by GMA7

for Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin

She illustrated one children’s book: Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin written by Bernadette Villanueva Neri

Ang Ikaklit Sa Aming Hardin (Ikaklit in Our Garden) by Bernadette Villanueva Neri and CJ de Silva

Ang Ikaklit Sa Aming Hardin (Ikaklit in Our Garden) by Bernadette Villanueva Neri and CJ de Silva

and one book which I think is for YA, NA, etc. title Stupid is Forever by Miriam Defensor Santiago.

Check CJ de Silva’s works here. The theme of her paintings are mostly mother and child.

2. My second dream date is Johann de Venecia. ^___^ I can’t begin to tell you how much I love his works.

Here is Johann’s profile in Goodreads:

Johann de Venecia began drawing on the walls of his grandmother’s house at the age of four. He was hooked ever since and years later, he earned his BA degree in Visual Communication from the College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD).

Johann had moved on from walls to more suitable media, but the childhood enthusiasm remained. He is now based in Long Beach, California with his partner Chris, and is actively pursuing a career as a freelance illustrator and concept artist. I love Johann’s works because of its ability to bring me into an entirely new and different world. Funny how, by just staring at an art work I get to see a story, a fantasy world that holds something dark, sinister. Some of his artworks for The Seven are a tad frightful that the children who saw it during our exhibit in SM Calamba and SM Lipa got scared and one or two of them actually, er, cried.

Like CJ, Johann only has one children’s book titled Brightest:

and one YA, titled The Seven: The Key of Credence by Veronica Mist. I already included some of his illustrations for The Seven in my previous post here so I’ll only place here the remaining pieces.

Here are his other works (only posting a few, there are plenty really)

The first image is Johann’s version of Rapunzel (left) while the other one is titled Death and Rebirth of Spring (right). Admittedly both not children-friendly because of its dark themes BUT I love it.

I forgot what this one’s called but I really love the colors.

This one is called Fatima and The World Slayer

Johann has plenty of works but I won’t post them all here. Go check him out!

3. Dr. Jose Rizal

Jose Rizal’s “The Monkey and the Turtle” published in Trubner’s Oriental Record in London over a hundred years ago. Source:

Rizal is the first published (children’s) author in the Philippines. He wrote “The Monkey and the Turtle.” In French. Because he was an overachiever like that. Then, he proceeded to write both Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo in Spanish. Overachiever, as I said.

Bust of Padre Guerrico in clay, by Rizal. Source:

I’m assuming everyone knows who he is so I’m not going to post what his works are here (okay so maybe some of it, but not everything because there are plenty!). If you want to see his artworks, go check out the museums in Manila (I forgot which museums, I visited them all sixteen years ago) which have his works on display. It’s the least we can do considering he died for the country and, they are really good! For my non-Filipino readers, you can read this post I made about him: Jho-sigstylediv So, what do I do once I am face to face with my dream dates? I’d want them to show me their work space, at home

and at the office. Their studio if they have one, their current work-in-progress, paintings and illustrations they all did as a child and in Rizal’s case, his writings when he was a kid. I’d enjoy comparing their works when they were still a kid and their works as adults.

Rizal’s pencil sketch of Blumentritt. Source:

With that out of the way, I’ll ask them what made them pick up a pencil. What was that aha moment that made them want to draw / write? What were they doing then and how old were they? Who are their influences? What are their favorite books? Paintings? Who are their favorite artists and writers? Who do they look up to? I’ll ask them what’s the greatest thing about being a writer or an artist? What their feelings are while they are up against a work and how do they feel once they are done? What are their frustrations / constrictions as a writer/ artist that they feel? I have a lot of questions, so many I’m sure long after I posted this I’d still be able to think one. Even personal ones. How are they as a person, as a son or daughter, as a significant other? Are they perfectionist only when it comes to their work or does this apply to all aspects of their lives? And I have questions especially for Rizal. I’m sure, wherever he is now, he is still looking after us.  For one, I’d like to know his writing process. Did he agonize over story structure, too? How many words did he write per day? How many hours did he write per day? What did he love doing the most? Writing? Sketching? Painting? Sculpting?

Jose Rizal’s El Filibusterismo Source:

Rizal predicted in his book that one day the Filipinos will no longer suffer in silence but will fight back against the tyranny of its government:

“Ang bayan po’y di dumaraing dahil siya’y pipi, di tumitinang dahil natutulog. Subali’t darating ang panahong malalantad ito sa inyo at mapapakinggan ang kanyang mga panaghoy. Pagsapit ng araw na ito,… sasambulat sa lahat ng dako ang mga naipong luha; himutok at buntong-hiningang matagal na panahong kinimkim sa puso ng bayan.” – Pilosopo Tasyo (kab. 25)

English translation: “The people do not complain because they have no voice; do not move because   they are lethargic, and you say that they do not suffer because you have not seen their hearts bleed.” ― Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not)

Dr. Rizal, do you think we are only ten years away from this? Or do we wait for another three hundred years for this to happen?

“Mamatay akong hindi man lang masisilayan ang pagbubukang liwayway, kayong makakakita, batiin n’yo s’ya at wag kalimutan ang mga nabulid sa gitna ng dilim.” – Elias (kab. 63)

English translation: “I die without seeing the dawn brighten over my native land. You who have it to see, welcome it … and forget not those who have fallen during the night!”

Rizal, if you are going to be given another chance to do over, would you have done things differently? What would you have changed? Do you still think we are worth dying for? (Hey, I know Ninoy said this, but I’m sure Rizal thought it, too). We, the Filipino people who saw the dawn, who saw the sun rise and brighten our mother country, are we on the right track? Do you think the country’s where you want it to be? Now there’s a food for thought.

National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) 2015: The Philippine Children’s Book Summit

Umuulan ng Libro! As part of the 32nd National Children’s Books Day an event titled The Philippine Children’s Book Summit will be held on on July 21 at Elements Centris, EDSA while there will be a Children’s Book Fair on July 25 in Rizal Library at the Ateneo de Manila University.

The Librarian’s Workshop: Creative Reading Programs for School Libraries Servicing K-12 Learners will also be held on July 25. For more information about any of the above events, please email or visit Philippine Board On Books For Young People Page on Facebook.