Book Reviews

I love to read, and I love kids’ books…

Reading has always been a pleasure. Now that I’m a writer, I find myself reading more critically than before. (It’s tough to turn off that inner editor!)  But I do read for fun. There’s nothing nicer than losing yourself in a good story. More recently, I’ve gained a greater appreciation for the importance of book reviews. They’re a big part of every author’s promotion and marketing. So I’ve joined the ranks of book bloggers. I’m already always nosing through the kids’ section of my local library. Taking my bookworm-ish tendencies a step further, I’ll blog my thoughts. Reviews can be found here, on GoodReads, and across assorted sales channels (Amazon, B&N, Kobo).

Book Cloud w/ Links to Reviews

Titles are ranked on a personal 10-star system, with ten stars given to books I enjoyed unreservedly. This isn’t much different than the 5-star system used by most sites. I’m just eliminating the need to grant half-stars to books that fall into the in-between.

The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. () •The Forbidden Stone () •  • Gadgets and Gears: The Mesmar Menace (10★)  •  Jasper John Dooley: Not in Love (10★)  • A Snicker of Magic () •  Words with Wings (10★) •  Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy () • The Twistrose Key (8★)  •  Charlie Muffin’s Miracle Mouse (7★)  •  Here’s Hank: Bookmarks Are People Too! (7★)  •  The Life of Ty: Non-Random Acts of Kindness (7★)  • 

The 14 Fibs of Gregory K.  The Forbidden Stone  A Snicker of Magic  The Mesmer Menace  Jasper John Dooley, Not in Love  Words With Wings  Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy  The Twistrose Key  Charlie Muffin's Miracle Mouse  Here's Hank  Life of Ty


Read it. Loved it. Bought it.

Borrowing books from the library … that’s how I roll. But if I discover a book (or series) that thrills me to my toes, I buy it. Let’s call that my highest compliment. Recent purchases:

The Forbidden Stone  The 14 Fibs of Gregory K.


Upcoming Titles for Review

I regularly post snapshots of my weekly library haul on my Twitter account. You’re welcome to follow along to see what caught my interest! These are the covers of books I’ve already read and will review soon:

The 14 Fibs of Gregory K.   The Two and Only Kelly Twins  The Forbidden Stone

Books in my To-Read Stack

I’m a local library lurker. Here are just a few of the titles currently checked out on my trusty library card. To avoid overdue book fines, I’ll be getting to them in the next few weeks. You can see what other titles I nabbed by peeking at my To Read page over on GoodReads.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy    A Grim Warning    Wade and the Scorpion's Claw

A Snicker of Magic   Nest   The Luck Uglies

A Plague of Unicorns   Rump   The Hero's Guide to Saving the Kingdom


Do you have a book recommendation? For the purposes of this blog, I’m primarily interested in books for young readers, middlegrade adventures, and YA fantasy titles. I enjoy fairy tales, mysteries, and humor, but I shy away from angst, horror, and sad stories. If you want to suggest a book, comment below; however, I can’t guarantee I’ll get to your rec.

So many books, so little time!

7 thoughts on “Book Reviews

  1. I haven’t been much of a reader of books for early readers up till now. My awareness has mostly jumped directly from picture books to YA.

    One chapter book I can recommend is the unabridged version of “The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark” by Jill Tomlinson. The abridged version is a picture book, and I haven’t read that one. It could well be great too.

    Its best characteristic, aside from the very engaging personality of its protagonist, Plop, is the repeated comment by various characters that “Owls never …!” and Plop’s invariable reply, “This one does!”

    That comment became a catchphrase in my parental household after my youngest brother was given a copy of the book. :)


    1. Also, “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch. This is a picture book, but everybody from babies to great-grandparents will love it. Even kids. :)

      I ran across it in a bookshop one day and read it, and it made me cry right there in the shop – because it’s touching, not because it’s sad. And then I put it back on the shelf.

      Then, the next time I was in the same shop, I picked it up again, and read it again, and it made me cry again.

      After that, I had the good sense to buy it and take it home. I tested once to see whether, if I read it with the conscious intention of not crying, I could reach the end still dry-eyed.

      I couldn’t.


      1. I’m familiar with Love You Forever. It’s one of the first titles I added to my Pinterest board for books I consider “kindred spirits.”

        The first time I read it, I also cried. ♥


  2. I just finished reading S D Smith’s Green Ember series (what is available so far). A thriving kingdom was scattered and enslaved after a betrayal a generation ago. The enemies reached an outlying family home, bringing our main characters into the thick of a resistance movement to reclaim the kingdom. It’s a story of hope and bravery. And rabbits!


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