Picture Book Reviews: Mother Bruce, Dear Yeti, Lost. Found., Wild & Little Elliot, Big Family

I have had the great fortune of reading another great batch of picture books in the last while! The following five are all ones I would definitely recommend: Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins Publication: November 24, 2015 by Disney-Hyperion Author and illustrator Higgins has knocked it out of the stratosphere with Mother Bruce. Inventive, hysterical, subversive and all-around beautiful, […]

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Must Read Monday (25): The War that Saved My Life & The Swallow: A Ghost Story

Welcome to another edition of Must Read Monday! This feature is where I spotlight older, recent, or upcoming releases I am looking forward to. The lists will include all genres I like to read, everything from picture books to comics, children’s lit to adult fiction! This week features more wonderfully reviewed children’s lit. First up is Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s historical […]

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Picture Book Review: Emily’s Balloon by Komako Sakai

Review: Emily’s Balloon by Komako Sakai Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Raincoast Books. Thank you! Publication: Paperback edition, August 4 2015 by Chronicle Books (first published in 2005) Verdict: Excellent Book Description: One day, Emily gets a balloon. By the end of the afternoon, the balloon is no longer just a plaything—Emily and the balloon are friends. But when the balloon […]

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Review: Pippa Morgan’s Diary by Annie Kelsey

Review: Pippa Morgan’s Diary by Annie Kelsey Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. Thank you! Publication: December 1, 2015 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Verdict: Very Good Book Description: Sometimes a little white lie can land you in a whole lot of trouble… Pippa’s new BFF Catie Brown is perfect. So perfect, that Pippa tells her a teeny tiny lie—that she once […]

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Must Read Monday (22): The Story of Diva and Flea & Confessions of an Imaginary Friend

Welcome to another edition of Must Read Monday! This feature is where I spotlight older, recent, or upcoming releases I am looking forward to. The lists will include all genres I like to read, everything from picture books to comics, children’s lit to adult fiction! This week: a new children’s title from popular authors/illustrators Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi and the latest children’s novel from author Michelle Cuevas. The Story of Diva and Flea is one book I have been so looking forward to. Many of Willems’ picture books are personal favourites and most all are wins for storytimes! DiTerlizzi’s work is not as familiar to me, but I know that his illustrative work is just stunning. I cannot wait to see the melding of these two greats. I recently finished reading Michelle Cuevas’s Beyond the Laughing Sky and absolutely adored it- I would highly recommend it for fans of Kate DiCamillo. or. I was initially drawn to the title because I had read that another favourite Julie Morstad illustrated the book; happily, I was taken in both the art and the gorgeous writing. Immediately after finishing Beyond the Laughing Sky I knew I would have to read the author’s latest, Confessions of an Imaginary Friend. The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems, illus. Tony DiTerlizzi Publication: October 13, 2015 by Disney-Hyperion Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship […]

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Spotlight Tour & Giveaway: Pippa Morgan’s Diary by Annie Kelsey

Welcome to a special feature, courtesy of Sourcebooks, spotlighting Annie Kelsey’s December 2015 children’s fiction release, Pippa Morgan’s Diary! Read on for a sneak peak as well as a link to a Rafflecopter giveaway! Pippa Morgan’s Diary by Annie Kelsey Publication: December 1, 2015 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Hardcover ISBN 9781492623281 Praise for Pippa Morgan’s Diary: “With its approachable style and […]

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