This is vintage Ibbotson, y'all. Everyone runs around forming found families, nurturing bonds with animals, and staging DARING RESCUES (my fave!). It's delightful! Except when it's horrifying! I cried because I was terrified for the characters, and I cried because I was so damned happy for them! I binge-listened to the audio to cram the story into my brain all the faster, and I'm proud to add the paperback to my permanent collection. 4.5 stars.
I desperately needed an excuse to listen to THE STAR OF KAZAN, so I made my favourite coffee brownies from BROWN SUGAR by Joyce White. I had to substitute strong-brewed regular coffee because the instant I usually use went mouldy (a shock and a surprise), and they came out a different colour. Huh. Hopefully they still taste good. I'll find out once they've cooled enough to glaze and cut. #audiobaking
One thing I love about Eva Ibbotson's books is how she was obviously a huge dog person. So far in THE STAR OF KAZAN I've met a schnauzer and a spaniel, which is a fun coincidence since my own little spaniel and I currently have a schnauzer staying with us! Hector, the book's spaniel, has gone through some awful stuff so far, but I trust Ibbotson to give him an awesome life with the main characters.
Sandwich makers shaped like Hello Kitty's head are just BETTER than other sandwich makers, y'know?
I brought this one out so I could make a turkey melt with raclette cheese, mayo, mustard, and kohlrabi greens. It was delicious, and I had a marvellous time listening to the first few chapters of THE STAR OF KAZAN while I cooked and ate it. #audiocooking