Cover: The Best Summer Ever

A Review of "Best Summer Ever" in Kirkus Reviews

Frog and his friends are back (Frog and Friends, 2011) in another trio of early-reader tales, but this time they focus less on humor and problem solving and more on life lessons and manners.

In the first story, Frog and Bat play a game, pointing out the ways in which they are different,… View →

Cover: Surviving the Hindenburg

A Review of "Surviving the Hindenburg" in Booklist

The 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster is a good chance to rope in discussion of the 1937 explosion of the Hindenburg, which, as Verstraete’s foreword details, was nearly as long as the Titanic and intended to be “the world’s first flying hotel.” Told from the point of view of the… View →

Cover: The People of Twelve Thousand Winters

A Review of "The People of Twelve Thousand Winters" in Booklist

Long before the arrival of the first Europeans, the Lenni Lenape people lived near what is now northern New Jersey. Noble imagines what life was like for a 10-year-old boy, Walking Turtle, growing up at that time in his village above the Passaic River. Part of the Tales of the World series, View →

Cover: Track that Scat!

A Review of "Track That Scat!" in Booklist

For young Finn and her hound, Skeeter, exploring the outdoors becomes a somewhat pungent adventure and a vehicle to introduce readers to identifying commonly known animals through their tracks and, particularly, droppings. From the onset, the pair encounters—and sometimes steps in—a… View →

Cover: What's Looking At You Kid?

A Review of "What’s Looking at You, Kid?" in Booklist

Lewis, the current Children’s Poet Laureate, offers rhymes as riddles. Examples include “Hanging in the air’s the thing / he can do without a wing / Look, a yo-yo on a string! Whee!” and “Look who’s into something sweet. / She must live on Honey Street. / She’s got honey on her feet!” Each… View →

Cover: T is for Titanic: A Titanic Alphabet

A Review of "T Is for Titanic: A Titanic Alphabet" in School Library Journal

Gr 2-4–This alphabet book provides introductory information about the ship itself, the people associated with it, and a very basic outline of the events surrounding that fateful night in April 1912. Each page includes a short, rhyming poem, a piece of original artwork, and several… View →

Cover: Stella Batts: Stella Batts Needs a New Name

A Review of "Stella Batts Needs a New Name" in Publishers Weekly

First in a series featuring eight-year-old Stella, Sheinmel’s unassuming story, cheerily illustrated by Bell, is a reliable read for those first encountering chapter books. An aspiring writer, Stella tells her story in the form of an autobiography, describing her daily life as a… View →

Cover: Twice as Good: The Story of William Powell and Clearview, the Only Golf Course Designed, Built, and Owned by an African American

A Review of "Twice as Good" in Kirkus Reviews

Despite growing up in a community that was racially segregated, William Powell persisted in playing the game he loved, golf.

Young Willie could only caddy on the golf course near his Ohio home, although one white man did let him play. Returning home after World War II from England, where View →

Cover: Jungle Surprises

A Review of "Tugg and Teeny: Jungle Surprises" in Ohioana Quarterly

Tugg and Teeny is about a monkey named Teeny and a gorilla named Tugg who go on adventures with their jungle friends. They help their friends with their problems and explore the jungle and learn lessons along the way. We think this book would be be good for kids at a lower reading level… View →

Cover: When Anju Loved Being an Elephant

A Review of "When Anju Loved Being an Elephant" in Catholic Library World

When Anju was five years old, she was captured and separated from her elephant herd in Sumatra. Anju spent thirty-five years performing in American circuses. When she was too old for the circus, Anju was sold to a small zoo where she was the only elephant. Anju finds that she is not happy… View →