Reviews written by Jillian Van Leer, Editor

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Reviewed by Jillian Van Leer, Editor     November 30, 2012
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Wonderful flow!

What a fun book to read to young children. The flow and rhyme of this book is absolutely perfect. Not only is the book informative (on cranes of course), but it's a fun read that even the youngest reader will understand. Each page has a fun illustration...

Kids Fiction
Reviewed by Jillian Van Leer, Editor     November 15, 2012
Last updated: November 15, 2012
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4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

A fun read!

What a fun story! This story is great to read with young children. It's a fun read, but allows for discussion, too. Not only is Bradley bad, he is very bad. Because of his behavior, Bradley does not get the presents he wants from Santa Claus. ...

Reviewed by Jillian Van Leer, Editor     November 15, 2012
Last updated: November 15, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A delightful twist on Hansel and Gretel

I actually won an eARC of this book via twitter, so I was super excited to get to reading and find out all about Greta and Goblin King! I was not disappointed. The book starts off with Greta tracking down a beast who has kidnapped a young goblin...

Reviewed by Jillian Van Leer, Editor     November 15, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Informative, poetic and lovely!

I wasn't prepared for how lovely this book is. Each page is a poem written for the habitat of a specific animal. So, not only is the book well written and in poem form, but it's informative! The illustrations are unique and fun to look...

Reviewed by Jillian Van Leer, Editor     November 15, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Dark and Twisted Humor!

This book is incredibly unique. It's a poetic and highly morbid book that children ages 7-10 will love. My 7 year old boy absolutely loved it, my 5 year old, not so much. I think my 7 year old was able to grasp the humor, while my...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Jillian Van Leer, Editor     November 14, 2012
Last updated: November 14, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Fun book to read!

I have so much love for this book. When I started the book I was surprised at how much like me Julia is. She is definitely not a rule breaker (nor am I) and honestly she needs to just chill out (so do I). So, I...

Kids Fiction
Reviewed by Jillian Van Leer, Editor     November 12, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

A silly read with a great lesson!

First of all, we actually say "Oh Nuts!" in our household when something goes wrong, so when I received this book, I had to laugh. And the laughing didn't stop once I opened the book! The three squirrels, Cutesy, Blinky and Bob are jealous of all the animals...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Jillian Van Leer, Editor     November 05, 2012
Last updated: November 05, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Fast paced sequel to 'Glow'

'Glow' (Sky Chaser's #1) was my first space dystopian, so it has a special place in my heart. I was excited to read 'Spark' because the end of Glow broke my heart. I was so upset with Kieran's behavior and wasn't sure how I felt about Seth. ...

Reviewed by Jillian Van Leer, Editor     October 31, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Another fantastic book in the Iron Fey series!

I'm a complete fan girl of the Iron Fey series (Hello Ash!), so when I heard there would be more coming out I was stoked! I'll be honest, I was a bit leery since The Lost Prince deals with Ethan, Meghan Chase's younger brother, as the main character. ...

Kids Fiction
Reviewed by Jillian Van Leer, Editor     October 31, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Cute Halloween story for young ones

With cute pictures, rhyming paragraphs & a bit of a spooky nature, this book is sure to please those young readers who love Halloween. My boys loved the subtle spookiness of the story, but enjoyed how the ghosts are cute and friendly looking. What a great, fun read...

Reviewed by Jillian Van Leer, Editor     October 23, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Stunning sequel!

First of all, let me take a deep breath. I'm still trying to recover from reading this book. My goodness, Michelle Hodkin knows how to cut right through me (in good ways and bad). Second, I could not wait to get my hands on this book. ...

Reviewed by Jillian Van Leer, Editor     October 16, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Fun on every page!

What a delightful book! Not only are the illustrations bright, colorful and fun, there are pop-ups on every page! This book is fun for all ages and young children will especially love the rhyme and rhythm of each page. Older children will love how to learn to pronounce...

Reviewed by Jillian Van Leer, Editor     October 16, 2012
Last updated: October 16, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Amazing book on Dinosaurs!

Cool book on dinosaurs? Check! Awesome 3-D action? Check! Fun book for the entire family? Check! This book is a must have for any child (or even adult) that loves dinosaurs. Written by a REAL paleontologist, this book is stocked full of facts and fun scenarios of dinosaurs...

Kids Fiction
Reviewed by Jillian Van Leer, Editor     October 16, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Fun & repetitive story!

What a fun story for the entire family! With bright colorful illustrations, fun repetitive pages and lots of Halloween fun, this book is sure to please the youngest of readers. My boys loved yelling "BOO!" after each page. Of course they wanted to read it again, and...

Reviewed by Jillian Van Leer, Editor     October 11, 2012
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Awesome devotional for older kids

I love devotionals. Not only can they bring families together, but they can help children (and adults) relate to specific Bible verses in an easy way. When I received this book to review, I was very excited. I love getting these types of books, especially when I...

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