Cover: Maestro Stu Saves the Zoo

Midwest Book Review: "Maestro Stu Saves The Zoo"

To save a zoo, a young boy must unite all the animals who dwell there. “Maestro Stu Saves The Zoo” is a lyrical children’s picturebook beautifully illustrated by Tim Bowers, as author Denise Brennan-Nelson tells a story of how young Stu struggles to save his favorite zoo from being plowed… View »

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Kirkus Reviews "Memoirs of a Hamster"

His hamster-ish outlook is effectively conveyed in his narrative and in Bowers’ low-angle cartoon views of a chubby-cheeked, bright-eyed pet who, though once susceptible to temptation, clearly enjoys the familiar comforts of wheel and water bottle—to which he is returned following a… View »

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Kirkus Reviews "No Pirates Allowed Said Library Lou"

A librarian endows a treasure-hunting pirate with reading skills as well as training him to hush up in this bland valentine to literacy…
Sending other users fleeing from their computer screens and cozy reading nooks to cower in the stacks, Big Pirate Pete bursts into the Seabreezy Libr View »

Cover: In Andal's House Reviews "In Andal's House"

“In Andal’s House” by Gloria Whelan is a book that can be read with two different outcomes. It’s a story about class, or caste, as it’s called in India…
The tale begins in Kumar’s house where his family is eating dinner. If the difference in clothing that is vibrantly illustrated on the p View »

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Time Out Chicago Kids Reviews "Memoirs of a Hamster"

Who’s the luckiest hamster in the world? Seymour is. At least that’s what he believes, living the good life relaxing in his wood shavings, munching yogurt drops and running on his wheel. His happiness fades after Pearl, the sly cat, taunts Seymour with visions of a sunroom brimming with… View »

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Booklist Reviews "He's Been a Monster All Day!"

With his rosy cheeks and impish smile, how could the little boy in this picture book possibly be mistaken for a monster? But that’s exactly what his mother, surrounded by a path of destruction, calls him: “He’s been a monster all day!” The boy, who overhears her, looks so sad about being… View »

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Kirkus Reviews "He's Been a Monster All Day"

A mother’s descriptive complaint sets her misbehaving preschooler to imagining the enjoyment of the crude mischief of a monster’s life…
Transforming himself into a scaly-skinned, green-faced ghoul, this boy begins to growl and grumble, sneer and scowl. He befriends the pet monster under h View »

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Booklist Reviews "Jasper's Story: Saving Moon Bears"

Get ready to wipe away a few tears after reading this. Jill Robinson has dedicated her life to rescuing the bears of China who’ve been abused by those extracting bear bile for use in traditional Asian medicines. Jasper is one of them, a moon bear, held in a tiny cage for 15 years before… View »

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The Simple Moms Reviews "Finnegan and Fox: the Ten-Foot Cop"

I love finding great kids books and our shelves desperately need some new material. While on my search to expand our literary horizons I was ecstatic to rediscover a great publishing company based here in Michigan, Sleeping Bear Press…
While Sleeping Bear Press has a nice long list of bo View »

Cover: Stella Batts: A Case of the Meanies Reviews "Stella Batts: A Case of the Meanies"

The fourth installment in Courtney Sheinmel’s Stella Batts series, A Case of the Meanies, continues the heated story between third graders Stella and Joshua. Their rivalry steps it up a notch when Joshua decides to have his birthday party at Stella’s parent’s candy store. And of course… View »