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The Five Sisters

Book: The Five Sisters Author: Margaret Mahy All children love good stories. Not all children crave high drama, high action tales. The Five Sisters is a lovely book from a prolific author who is under appreciated in the U.S., if you ask me. I remember when my wonderful school librarian directed me to this title. I was […]

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Wonder

Book: Wonder Author: R.J. Palacio So you’ve probably heard of this one, but I could not resist putting it up on my reviews and recommendations list. In my mind, Wonder should be required reading for all children (and their parents). At it’s core, Wonder is the story of being different and how people think and feel about […]

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Beautiful Oops!

Book: Beautiful Oops! Author/Illustrator: Barney Saltzberg Beautiful Oops! is the book my perfectionist childhood self needed (OK, I still need it). It’s a book for artists and creators and those who feel like they are always too far from the image in your mind. It’s a book that pushes the notion of failure aside, replacing it […]

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Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Book: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild Author/Illustrator: Peter Brown This is one of those magical picture books that relays different meanings to different age groups. To little kids, it’s a fun story about silly Mr. Tiger who gets… wait for it… naked (or “nakey” as my boys call it). Oh the joy, hilarity and shock of a nakey […]

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Savvy

Book: Savvy Author: Ingrid Law You know those books that you just want to dive into, hang out with all the characters, and live in their world? This is one of those. I adore this book. I recommend it to everyone I see (OK, that’s an exaggeration but if we get to talking Middle Grade fiction, then […]

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The Monstore

Book: The Monstore  Author: Tara Lazar Illustrator: James Burks A monster story for anytime of year. Tara Lazar’s clever plot combine with James Burks’ appealing illustration to make a delightful read that spooks without scaring. Poor Zack, our hero, has trouble with his Monstore purchases and his problems snowball as he runs up against a […]

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Mouse Was Mad

Book: Mouse Was Mad Author: Linda Urban Illustrator: Henry Cole You know I only post about books I enjoy – but man, do I enjoy Mouse Was Mad. This is a spectacular book from all kinds of angles. The text is adorable. It has a particularly lovely repetitive line that kids love to recite with you. The story […]

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Battling the Blank (in writing)

I’ve been at this writer thing for just over two years now. First, I dabbled in picture books. Then, when Willa & the WhyNots‘s contract came around, I refocused my efforts. I’ve spent the last almost year and a half writing and crafting and worrying over Willa and the world of WhyNot. There plenty more work to do […]

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