Reviews written by CJ Redwine, Editor

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Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     October 22, 2014
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3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Sweet

In this follow up to Ms. Lobel's 10 HUNGRY RABBITS, Mama Rabbit becomes ill and must rest in bed while Papa Rabbit leaves to get medicine for her. Her ten little rabbits decide to take it upon themselves to do things to make her feel better. They bring her hot...

Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     October 20, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Action-packed Fun

The third installment in the ALIEN IN MY POCKET series continues the saga of Zack, Olivia, and the little blue alien Amp with action, plans gone awry, and drama. The pacing is swift, the chapters short enough to keep younger readers engaged without short-changing the plot, and the illustrations break...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     October 18, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Epic

This is a strong finish to the epic adventure that began with last year's REBOOT. As with REBOOT, the plot is relentless, the stakes are incredibly high, and the characters are worth investing in. The plot is full of twists and turns, alliances and mutiny, surprises and nail-biting...

Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     October 18, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Fun!

I love the Judy Moody series, and was very excited to see the spin-off of Judy Moody and Friends. This book is as lively and inviting as the original Judy Moody books, and readers will love Jessica's pig-themed bedroom and obsession with finding her birthday presents early so that she...

Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     October 18, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

Enchanting

FAIRIES delivers exactly what it promises to deliver--a thorough resources on fairies and the folklore surrounding them across the globe. Part One examines fairy characteristics, behavior, relationships with humans, and fairy tales. Part Two looks at fairy folklore from a variety of cultures. The wealth of fascinating information is beautifully...

Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     October 16, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Delightful

In this quirky, fun tale of Churchill the pig's quest to find a new tail when his goes missing, a heartwarming lesson is hidden within enticing artwork and a delightful quest. Young readers will laugh as Churchill tries on all kinds of different tails. The artwork is designed to draw...

Kids Fiction
Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     October 16, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Spooky Fun

What I Loved: Creepy creatures and a spooky old house with secrets provide the vehicle for a heartwarming story of three siblings who learn to stop fighting and start working together as a team. The initial tension and fighting between the siblings is entirely realistic, especially given the recent...

Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     October 15, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Gorgeous Illustrations

The cover, the illustrations, and the way the art draws the reader from page to page are definitely the selling points of this book. My four year old was immediately captivated by the artwork. It's colorful and playful in keeping with the tone of the story. The story...

Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     October 15, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Heartwarming

In this lovely, heartwarming story, little Gray wonders what would happen if he grew up and his mother grew down. He lists all the things he'd do to take care of her the way she takes care of him. The story is sweet and moving, the illustrations reflect the gentle,...

Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     October 15, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

Delightful

I read this book to my four year old daughter, and she absolutely loved it. Each page has a simple sentence about birds (The sentence is given in both English and Spanish, which is great for bilingual families or families who love to expose their children to other languages.), a...

Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     October 14, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Humorous Entertainment

Lighthearted humor is the hallmark of this story. Hooey is a boy with big ideas and grand plans. Twig is his best friend and consistent fall guy, and Will is his brainy brother who graciously helps make Hooey's big ideas a reality. Madcap mishaps ensue, but all in...

Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     October 14, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Hauntingly Lovely

What I Loved: Tessa Gratton writes with a deft, sure hand. Every element in THE BLOOD KEEPER is polished to perfection. The setting, as much a character in the novel as Mab or Will, is vivid, atmospheric, and alive. The world building is so solid that a story of...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     October 14, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Completely Compelling

What I Loved: This book is impossible to put down. The individual voices of Vane and Audra are distinct and fascinating. Vane sounds like a teenage boy, and his head is an entertaining place to be. Readers will feel strongly connected to him and will want him to figure...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     October 14, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Dark & Different

What I Loved: The opening scene in DOROTHY MUST DIE is absolutely compelling and does an excellent job of making readers feel strongly connected to the heroine. Throughout the novel, the writer continues to touch base with the heroine's emotions and deliver them in a way that will resonate...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     March 18, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

True Dystopia

What I Loved: Fans of true dystopians will find elements to enjoy in BREATHE. All of the pieces are there: evil dictator/government, conspiracies to keep the government in power, a class system that keeps the people in their place, a growing resistance movement, secrets to uncover, and the gradual...

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