Reviews

Cover: Frog's Flying Adventure

Frog's Flying Adventure review - January SLJ

Gr 1-3–At first glance this book is a typical easy reader, and children will delight in Frog’s adventures with his friends. Masse’s bright illustrations reinforce the sweet tone of the three stories. Adults, however, will note a distinct philosophical overlay in each of the episodes… View »

 
Cover: No Year of the Cat

No Year of the Cat review - January SLJ

K-Gr 4–The story of the Chinese zodiac is a popular folktale of friendship and betrayal, retold again and again in picture-book format. Since no one in the kingdom remembers when important events have occurred, the emperor decides to create a 12-year calendar. The first 12 animals to win… View »

 
Cover: The Legend of Papa Noel: A Cajun Christmas Story

Review of "The Legend of Papa Noel" in The Examiner

Christmas is celebrated around the world in hundreds of ways. Even in the U.S. the December 25 holiday that Christians celebrate as the day of Christ’s birth may be celebrated one way in California, another way in Maine and even another way in Louisiana. A Cajun Christmas is the theme of a… View »

 
Cover: The Boy Who Wanted to Cook

A Review of The Boy Who Wanted to Cook

Pierre longs to be a chef. His parents own a restaurant, but he lives and breathes food. As he travels through the countryside, he notices how many foods come from local supplies. One day a visitor asks directions to his parents restaurant. Pierre has noticed that the man is an… View »

 
Cover: Stella Batts: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

A Review of Stella Batts: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow is the second book in Courtney Sheinmel’s sweet series about Stella Batts. When their father brings home Magical Glow-in-the-Dark chewing gum for Stella and her sister Penny to taste-test, Stella is disappointed to realize that Penny can blow bubbles while she… View »

 
Cover: Maestro Stu Saves the Zoo

'Maestro Stu Saves the Zoo' by Denise Brennan-Nelson: A must have picture book

“Maestro Stu Saves the Zoo” by Denise Brennan-Nelson and illustrated by Tim Bowers is a picture book that can be read over and over. Kids will love the story because kids always love stories about animals. Adults and teachers will love the book because it is chock-full of idioms that are… View »

 
Cover: Elena's Story

'Elena's Story' by Nancy Shaw: a multicultural story of a young Guatemalan girl

“Elena’s Story” by Nancy Shaw and illustrated by Kristina Rodanas is a touching story of a young girl, her mother and her two siblings. They live in rural Guatemala and try to support themselves because Elena’s father is off working on a plantation…
The story begins with Elena getting dre View »

 
Cover: I, Q: Independence Hall

I, Q: Independence Hall

One of my favorite middle grade publishers is Sleeping Bear Press, a publisher I first discovered at BookExpo America (BEA) a couple of years ago. I’ve loved every book of theirs I’ve read and was looking forward to giving Roland Smith’s I, Q spy/thriller series for young readers a try… View »

 
Cover: Smudge and the Book of Mistakes: A Christmas Story

A Review of "Smudge and the Book of Mistakes: A Christmas Story" in Booklist

Young Cuthbert, small for his age of 15, is sent to a monastery because his father thinks he would be hopeless as a warrior. But when he is sent to the scriptorium, Cuthbert couldn’t be happier. He loves forming letters, though he always smudges the ink, earning him the nickname of Smudge… View »

 
Cover: The Quilt Walk

The Quilt Walk

It’s 1864, and when Pa announces that the family is heading west via wagon train to set up a business supporting gold mining in Colorado, Emmy Blue is game, though Ma hesitates, loath to leave friends and home. With more pressure from Pa, they go, and “Ma made up her mind to like it.” Emmy… View »