Category Archives: Book Reviews

Awesome Picture Book: The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

While I did not devote an entire blog post to Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers’ first crayon adventure, The Day the Crayons Quit, I did mention it here as a great picture book for older readers. It is one of … Continue reading

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Favourite: Plain Kate by Erin Bow

I’ve been reading a whole lot lately, especially in young adult fiction. I always feel a bit guilty when I give one part of the collection preference, so I decided to challenge myself to read a book from our middle-grade … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sign of the Cat by Lynne Jonell

Sometimes, you pick a book off the shelf because it has a great cover. When I saw Lynne Jonell’s The Sign of the Cat had arrived, I decided to take it home in spite of the cover (which I found looked a … Continue reading

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Favourite: Pack of Dorks by Beth Vrabel

I’m always looking for great middle-grade realistic fiction, and Beth Vrabel’s Pack of Dorks is a winner. The story starts with Lucy, the heroine, declaring, “This was the biggest recess of my life. Today, I would become–officially–the bravest, most daring, and by … Continue reading

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Awesome Picture Book: Bears Don’t Read! by Emma Chichester Clark

It’s time for another Awesome Picture Book post! This isn’t the first time I’ve written about the subject of this post: Emma Chichester Clark. Minty and Tink surprised and delighted me when I first discovered it (here is my review of that book), … Continue reading

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Book Review: Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton

About 7 years ago, I discovered knitting , and since then, I love reading about it. Usually, books about knitting tend to be picture books, so when we received a young adult novel titled Boys Don’t Knit, I knew I had to read … Continue reading

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Awesome Picture Book: Mister Bud Wears the Cone by Carter Goodrich

At one point, our Great Dane had to wear an Elizabethan collar (one of those ridiculous-looking cones that you put on your dog when they have an injury that they can’t stop licking). I remember her bumbling around the house, knocking into … Continue reading

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Book Review: Spirit’s Key by Edith Cohn

Spirit’s Key, the first book by Edith Cohn, is a middle-grade story that was as lovely as Eliza Wheeler’s beautiful cover art. Spirit Holden lives on the remote Bald Island, where she is considered an outsider (or “Dingbatter”) because she was born on … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Levy

Last fall, I had read some reviews that promoted The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, a middle grade novel by Dana Alison Levy, as a fun and worthwhile read. I considered taking it out, but it wasn’t until a patron (who … Continue reading

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Awesome Picture Book: Please, Mr Panda by Steve Antony

There are certain storytime themes that are always big hits, in our library and in countless others. I realized after our family storytime last week that while bear storytimes are popular and used fairly often, there is one bear in particular … Continue reading

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