Friday 20 March 2020

Furry Fiction on Fridays #125 at Amber's Library featuring **Rumblestar** by Abi Elphinstone PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop

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Feline Fiction on Friday's with Amber @BionicBasil™

With Amber ~ The Best Library Cat in the entire Mewton~Clawson Parish.

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Supurr salutations pawesome furiends

*waves paw*

Hello gorgeous library guests and welcome to my private library.

Now I know it's getting a little crazy and scary out there in the wurld with this covid-19 virus, so I hope mew're all keeping well and staying safe from this invisible threat.
Feline Fiction on Fridays #125 ©BionicBasil® Amber reclining
We, aka The B Team are keeping a supurr low profile just in case, and any new book deliveries are being carefully wiped down and disinfected prior to entering the library.

Sadly non of us can avoid the ramifications or the effects that this virus is causing, i.e.; peeps panic buying - food hoarding - monumental toilet roll fixations - leading to empty supermarket shelves etc... Dad has been into many shops in the last week and they've been picked bare.  I think we all need to try to show a little kindness, consideration and compassion throughout the coming months, especially to those who perhaps can't buy 1 or 2 weeks food ahead of time.  I'm thinking of those who live day to day, or the elderly on a pension, or families on government credits - what about them?  We need to try and keep calm and help one another where we can.

If mew do have a little stockpile, purrhaps think about sharing a bit with your local food bank or check with an elderly neighbour that they have sufficient.

We are all going through the stages of fear, panic, anxiety etc... living with this unprecedented stress as it escalates on a daily basis and we head into uncharted waters which we as a modern society have never experienced before.

The news channels are just all bad news, social media is full of fake news, and then there's the downright stupid spreading ridiculous news with supposed cures for the virus.  Our advice on watching the news, keep it limited and save your sanity.

Our Prime Minister scared the bejeezus out of us and probably most of the country when he said; Be prepared to lose family members and loved ones before their time.  While we understand his candidness and the seriousness of this virus, that single statement sent shivers of dread to our core. 

This is just some of what we're doing at BBHQ to try to slow/stop the threat of covid-19 at home. 

Obviously, general daily cleaning is continuing as usual.

Hand-washing regularly is the norm here anyway, but we are washing a little more frequently. 

Anything new that is brought into the house is disinfected.

Door handles, telephones, keyboards etc... are disinfected daily. 

The dustbins; Handles and lids disinfected regularly especially after being emptied.

The gate furniture is disinfected daily.

Dad and the P.A. keep disinfectant wipes in the car usually, so hands can be sanitized upon returning, and also to wipe down the steering wheel, gear-stick, handles etc...

At the P.A.'s wurk, like above; door handles, telephones, printers, keyboards, communal area's, chip and pin machine, customer areas etc... are being disinfected several times a day.

Basil Says Keep Calm and Clean Things @BionicBasil

We know this may sound crazy to some, but we really don't want to, a: catch it or b: spread it.  The P.A.'s parents are in lock-down, as they are both over 70.

Mew remember we mentioned last week about the family who had been to Italy? Sadly, the grandmother who's in her 60's is now in isolation in a hospital about 60 miles away.  The family's children also went to school with the grandchild of a lady who helps the P.A.'s mum at home. This grandchild came down with a high fever last Sunday - now the lady who helps hasn't been in face-to-face contact with the P.A.'s mum for over 9 days prior to this.  So we're hoping that the grandchild hasn't got covid-19 or his granny either as she's just over 70.

We'll keep mew posted on the situation as it unfolds, but in the meantime let's all wurk together - at a distance of course and try to slow the spread of this virus while the boffins wurk on finding a vaccine.

How are things in your area, and what measures are mew taking?

This week we're also joining in Friendly Fill-ins Blog Hop with the fabulous 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.

1. Lately, I have done a lot of _________________________. 

2. My ______________are__________________. 

3. I can’t help but _________.
4. When I meet a stranger, I _________.
The P.A.'s answers are...

1. Lately, I have done a lot of crafting; from jewellery to cat toys. [it takes my mind off things]

2. My cats are total heathens! LOL

3. I can't help but be tidy, mess stresses me out.

4. When I meet a stranger, in our village I always smile and say hello. 

And now I think it's time to share this weeks book.
Amber's Actual Library Feline Fiction on Friday's with Amber @BionicBasil™

This week I'm letting Melvyn share a title from his Top 10 Book Pick from Wurld Book Day, I know its seriously benevolent of me and quite out of character, but hey cats can the second and then back again! MOL

Feline Fiction on Fridays #125 ©BionicBasil® Rumblestar - Melvyn's Purrsonal Copy
Melvyn's Purrsonal Copy



Abi Elphinstone 

Here's A Small Snippet of the Book Blurb:      

Eleven-year-old Casper Tock hates risks, is allergic to adventures and shudders at the thought of unpredictable events. So, it comes as a nasty shock to him when he accidentally stumbles into Rumblestar, an Unmapped Kingdom full of magical beasts.


Melvyn had this to say; 

What an entertaining adventure story, now I know it's aimed at 8 years and up but if mew like a fantastical tale, this could be fur mew.   And in my humble intern-opinion... actually, I'm not really allowed an opinion in the library, as that's fur Amber alone, though she's made an exception fur me today!

So in my humble opinion mew could read this at any age and really enjoy it.

It's very well written, has a great plotline, with plenty of drama, complications and hurdles to offurcome by the main character/s.  The characters are interesting and develop nicely as the story unfolds, and there are some cute beasties too, but I won't spoilerize anything - Amber doesn't allow that either.

This is the furst in The Unmapped Chronicles series, and I'll definitely be reading the next one.  A purrfect read fur mew, your kids, your grandkids, nieces, nephews and anyone that loves a terrific story.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Age Range: 8 years and up
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's U.K.

The Amber Biblio Rating System Fur Offurall Enjoyment:

Melvyn's Ratings of:


Offurall Enjoyment

I do hope mew enjoy this fun kids lit book if mew give it a try... 

...and if mew've read it already, what did mew think?

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Sadly it's time fur me to say BFN or bye-fur-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just fur mew. And don't furget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time

Keep calm and read on


Amber xox

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  1. Since I am not going into the office, the only things coming into the house are fresh laundry, and vegetables! I haven't been out of the house since Saturday night, and go out only to walk the neighborhood and wave at other walking people. Thank goodness that I have books, and thank you for the review on this one!

  2. Well...yup, we are doing similar things here...and even more at petcretary;s the nursing home. We would not want to think what might be if that nasty invisible virus invades our premises. The place is in virtual lockdown mode...
    Pawppy and the unfurs are now trying to work from their homes, though unfur-the-elder always has been doing that as his office is a few hundred miles from his apartment, LOL!
    and the shelves are bare here too...sheesh...

    But we do have lots of things to do to amuse ourselves, both at work and at home. Thank goodness for internet and TV! And games and of course BOOKS!
    Your review was great, Melvyn and we think that would for sure be a fun read! Afterall we are kids at heart, right??!

  3. I hope everyone stays safe. That book sounds like a good book to read, maybe I'll check it out.

  4. Yep, it's pretty much the same way here. Our peeps do their daily neighborhood walk but that's about it. We do get deliveries but everything is unpacked outside and wiped down before coming in the house. That was a good book review sweet Amber, I'm glad you got to do one. Y'all be safe & healthy!

  5. The store isles are bare here too. It's amazing. Yes we need to check with those we think need help. I've already done that.

    Have a purrfect day and weekend, Amber. My best to your siblings and your wonderful mom. ♥

  6. I have always been a child at heart and love fantasy stories!
    I did go to Aldi on Monday to get some fresh food but all I could get was milk! Thank goodness I have always kept the freezer well stocked. We keep antibac wipes in the car to wipe the trolley down and also the steering wheel when we get back in. I haven't been away from home since then apart from going to the doctor's for another blood test. I had to pass the phone test before I went up there, and then there was a nurse on the door who wouldn't let anyone in without prior permission.
    The girls who keep their horses with us are very good and keep in contact by text and offer to get anything we need.

  7. It's very scary! Mom Paula is self-quarantined due to doctor's orders. She was running a fever last weekend and early this week along with a cough and wheezing. She has asthma and an autoimmune disease, so she was tested. Still waiting on results. Take care of yourselves.

  8. We are trying to stay in, but wear gloves when we go to the store. I worry about my 78 yr old mom and pray she doesn't get it. That looks like a fun book. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. Crafting is a great way to take one's mind off of things. Have a nice weekend and I pray you and your family stay healthy. XO

  9. We are glad you friends are alright and have some stocks to keep you. Dad ran out last night after listening all day to get us some noms and had to buy single cans while digging through those that were left (Rumpy can only eat pate or he gets the poops). No dry that we like (our treat) and only generic litter. We are now set for two weeks so that is that.
    Great review Amber. We are stocked up right now with books but will look forward to the next one


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