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 »

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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 »

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'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 »

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'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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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'I, Q (Book Three: Kitty Hawk)' by Roland Smith: Another non-stop thriller

In the latest book in the “I, Q” series, Roland Smith showcases the kind of writing that has made him a favorite of young readers — believable characters, exciting plot, and writing that places the reader right in the middle of the action. This story picks up where “Book Two: The White… ”/reviews/466">View »

Cover: The Quilt Walk

A Review of "The Quilt Walk" in Reading Today

Conflicted about her father’s decision to leave the safety of their farm in Quincy, Illinois, for Golden, Colorado, where he plans to sell supplies to the gold miners, ten-year-old Emmy Blue Hatchett is also excited about the adventure. From the beginning, the journey is not easy as Emmy’s… View »

Cover: Delia's Dull Day: An Incredibly Boring Story

A Review of "Delia’s Dull Day: An Incredibly Boring Story" in School Library Journal

PreS-K–Delia takes readers through her previous day, explaining all the ways in which it was so boring, but the art tells the real story. While she is eating her cereal, two elephants walk through her living room, but she is so busy worrying about spilling milk that she doesn’t notice them… View »