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A review of The Long, Long Line by Tomoko Ohmura

Guaranteed to make the next long wait with your little one(s) go at least fifty times faster! ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
August 18, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Good News Bad News by Jeff Mack

Good news - last week I found a new picture book that I loved and wanted to tell you about! Bad news - oops, I forgot to tell you about it. But wait, I can tell you about it right now!   With only four words, Jeff Mack has created an unforgettable adventure for two friends. What will happen when rabbit and mouse head out for a picnic? You'll have to read the book to find out! You can find ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
August 1, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Hades and the Helm of Darkness by Joan Holub

Young Zeus and his buddies are standing by the sludgiest, stinkiest river in the world when boiling hot steam suddenly blasts their behinds--"Yeowch!" To find the Helm of Darkness, our heroes will have to win their way past talking skeletons, crockydeads and a three-headed dog. Wait a minute, what is a Helm of Darkness anyway? And why did Poseidon suddenly forget that he has a right foot AND a left foot? Oh brother, this quest is not going to be easy! Lots of action and plenty of puns make ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 4, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

If you have gobbled down the old fairy tales like lemon cookies,If you have several hours to spare,And you are not afraid,Listen, if you will, to the tale of the ancient ghost.It is time to make the strange journey to Far Far AwayAnd the darkness is closer than you think. ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
February 7, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey

The Grimjinx family is poised to pull the greatest con ever when fate pulls the rug out from under them. Can klutzy Jaxter and his thieving family shed their dishonest ways in time to save the town of Vengekeep? Lava men, flying skeletons, renegades from the royal court -- and what in zoc is a spiderbat? It's going to be a very long year for the Grimjinxes -- and you'll enjoy every minute of it! ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
November 8, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World by Henry Clark

Start with a mysterious sofa. Now add some nefarious henchmen that attempt cat burglary disguised as dogs. (They may or may not be part of a sinister plot to take over the world one show-tune at a time.) Combine paintings that can talk, furniture that can time travel, and a mysterious underground fire that has been burning for years. Now toss in a rare zucchini colored crayon and stand back! Adventurous, exciting, quirky and sometimes downright zany, this book will keep you turning pages ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
October 25, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

The wreckage of the RMS Titanic has lain at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for over 100 years, yet the story of the ship's ill-fated maiden voyage has never failed to fascinate each generation since. What was it like to be aboard such a marvelous ship, the largest in the world? What went wrong during the night of April 14, 1912, that led to one of the most catastrophic peacetime naval disasters the world had seen? Who survived and how did they do it? If you want to learn more about the ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
July 19, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of My First Day by Steve Jenkins

What did you do on your very first day in the world? Probably you cried a little (or a lot!), slept a lot (or a little!) and tried to drink your first milk--that's what babies do. Can you imagine a baby walking, swimming or even skydiving on her very first day? No way! But even though human babies can't do these things, animal babies lead very different lives. My First Day explores the first day in the life of 22 animals from all over the world. While you'll recognize some animals ( ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
June 21, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole

Very rarely does a title totally sum up a book, but for Henry Cole's Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad, that's the case--literally! When I picked up this picture book, I had no idea that those words would be the only ones I would read until the (fascinating) author's note at the very end. But, far from being disappointed, I was moved and haunted by my time with Unspoken. The gorgeous charcoal illustrations remind me strongly of the wonderful inventions of author and ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
March 1, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Princess Super Kitty by Antoinette Portis

I love to play pretend so I loved spending a day with Maggie, the heroine of Princess Super Kitty. Maggie does some of the same everyday things I do (eating lunch, lifting heavy things, helping other people) but she has so much fun doing them, because she uses her imagination the whole time. If you are ready to take your day (or even just your princess play) to the next level, reach for Princess Super Kitty. And don't forget Antoinette Portis' other fantastic books about ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
January 4, 2013 | 0 comments