The Way to Bea and Kat Yeh – book review

The Way to Bea is not as good as The Truth About Twinkie Pie, but nothing ever will be! Not even if it’s the same author. It’s not to say I didn’t love her latest book, The Way to Bea, I did (and I’ll get to that in a second), but how does anyone top…

Library Haul for May – Children’s Books

Brunhilda’s Backwards Day by Shawna J.C. Tenney – 2016 – I rather enjoyed this fresh story about a witch. The illustrations are beautiful and the story has a message, but subtle. Black Dog by Levi Pinfold – 2011 – Reading this book took me someplace else, far away from my couch in Phoenix. The illustrations…

A Good Book

I first “got” into books once I was actually able to read them, much later than my peers (okay, way, way, way later than my peers). The R.L Stine series and The Boxcar Children when I was younger. Then, once again when I became a nanny and couldn’t find anything worth watching on TV when…

Holiday Kids’ Book Reviews

Little Fox, Lost by Nicole Snitselaar with illustrations by Alicia Padron – although not a holiday themed book, the story is set in the beautiful winter snow. Fox is, of course, lost. A simple story with a simple message. The illustrations make you feel like you are viewing the story through a snow-globe. How Do…

Thanksgiving Book Reviews – kid’s books

Pete the Cat – First Thanksgiving by Kimberly and James Dean – This story read a little too over the top non-fiction, a story that is all telling without showing anything. Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman – I loved this book! The rhyming of the story is excellent and the story is something new that…

Maxi’s Secrets (or what you can learn from a dog) – book review

Maxi’s Secrets by Lynn Plourde This middle grade book is about the relationship between Timminy, his dog Maxi and his neighbor Abby. While it was an enjoyable story, I felt it lacked the arc needed to make the story really sizzle. For me, the side character, of Rory felt unimportant, when it really could have…

Halloween Book Reviews – kid’s books

Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever! by Don Freeman – I had high hopes for this book, but Corduroy’s discovery of a costume was a let down. Sadly, I don’t think kids would find Corduroy’s costume great either. 10 Busy Brooms by Carole Gerber – Cute Halloween themed counting book. Illustrations by Michael Fleming fill out the…

Autumn Book Reviews – kid’s books

Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland – This book was rather different both in illustrations as well as text. I loved that a parent could read the large print poem version or/and the non-fiction aspect of the book. The illustrations by Elly MacKay provided exceptional three-dimensional imagery. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson –…

Author Interview with Jane Haseldine – THE LAST TIME SHE SAW HIM

Your writing comes off so well that several times I stopped reading and wondered, gosh did she really have this happen to her in real life! Do ideas come to you that you DIDN’T experience as a journalist? First of all, thank you, Savannah! That’s a very kind thing to say. I definitely used my…

Lily and Dunkin – book review & personal story

I’ve read all four of Donna Gephart’s books and loved them all. Which meant when her latest book landed on the book shelf I had to read it. Lily and Dunkin is a middle grade book centered around being transgender and bipolar disorder. For me, middle grade was horrible (and I was dealing with neither…

Raymie Nightingale ~ book review

I had read a few interviews with Kate DiCamillo and was looking forward to her newest book Raymie Nightingale. I loved Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures and Because of Winn-Dixie, and thought that The Tale of Despereaux was rather fun. (I am making my way through books DiCamillo has authored). The chatter around Raymie…

See Me ~ Book Review

​Maybe Nicholas Sparks has run out of excellent story ideas…I questioned this as I read his last SEVERAL novels. Yes I do compare all his works to The Notebook (don’t we all?). Which was written with pure perfection. See Me felt like a different spin on The Longest Ride. It also felt like an attempt…