Reviews written by Beth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer

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September 06, 2021
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4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Plot/Story
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable)
 
4.0
Characters (if applicable)
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality
 
4.0
Young Adult Indie
Enchanting Witchy Tale

'Hannah and the Hobgoblins' by Deborah Hunt is a mysterious story about Hannah and her sister as they learn about the Connemara witches. Hannah's Aunt Agatha has sent her a book about the witches, and as soon as she receives it, many weird occurrences transpire. ...

September 06, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Plot/Story
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable)
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable)
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality
 
4.0
Young Adult Indie
Truthful and Caring

'Phoebe Unfired' by Amalie Jahn is one of many novels by this writer that is definitely worth picking up. She knows how to write about hard-hitting topics that stir interest and empathy, along with ensuring that the focus of the piece is appropriately maintained. This...

August 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
The Thrill of Invention

'Nate the Great and the Earth Day Robot' by Andrew Sharmat, illustrated by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov, is great for those who are starting to read chapter books. With ten short chapters about the upcoming Earth Day Fair, the plot focuses on how Nate's classroom's science project is missing. No...

August 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Friendship and Pretend Play

'Fox & Rabbit Make Believe' by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Gergely Dudas, will open up anyone's imagination. Besides showing that friendship is something that can be spread around to multiple people (or animals, in this case), the characters have fun pretending and enjoying each other's company. At one point, they...

August 06, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Not Quite What It Seems

'Chicken Little and the Big Bad Wolf' by Sam Wedelich is an adorable retelling of the classic tale. There are lots of questions to be answered, including how big and bad the wolf actually is, along with probably the biggest question of all: why isn't Chicken Little afraid of the...

August 06, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
So Much Fun!

'Life is Better with Friends: The Television Series' by Micol Ostow is a fabulously creative way of showing the cast of 'Friends' in adorable cartoon form. The picture book captures real scenes from the beloved series, and will make anyone who's watched the show smile and laugh at the memories...

July 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Kids Nonfiction
So Much Knowledge!

'Weird but True! Ocean: 300 Fin-Tastic Facts from the Deep Blue Sea' by National Geographic Kids is rife with incredibly interesting, engaging, and fantastically strange, but true facts about the ocean. From learning how penguins can jump up to 10 feet from water to ice to escape predators, to the...

July 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Beautifully Written in Engaging Verse

'When You Know What I Know' by Sonja K. Solter is a beautiful story of a girl who is soul-searching to figure out how to move on with her life after she deals with her uncle having done something bad to her. When she tells her mom, things don't go...

July 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Heartfelt Drama

'Better Together' by Christine Riccio weaves together two well-known and engaging stories—that of 'The Parent Trap' and 'Freaky Friday'. When two sisters are separated at a young age due to their parents' divorce, one remembers, while the other is almost forced to forget. Their lack of a relationship and trouble...

July 01, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.7
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Kids Nonfiction
Vocabulary Knowledge

'365 Words for Clever Kids!' by Dr. Meredith L. Rowe and Monika Forsberg, provides a great service. It capitalizes on vocabulary words to help young readers gain more knowledge about a wide variety of terms. To use some of the words, no matter how many attempts...

July 01, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Beautiful Art & Music

'R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul' by Carole Boston Weatherford, art by Frank Morrison, includes incredible images, highlighting the artistry of one of the musical greats, Aretha Franklin. While the pages of the book start with words that match with Franklin's life and times, poetic couplets provide a glimpse...

July 01, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
National Park Beauty

'Wonders of America: Yosemite' by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by John Wallace, will make readers eager to take a vacation to Yosemite National Park. Besides the colorful and descriptive images that paint a picture of the beauty of the park, there are interesting facts about sequoia trees, waterfalls, and even...

June 30, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
A Beautiful Message

'The Good Song' by Alexandria Giardino, pictures by Penelope Dullaghan, combines colorful, powerful illustrations of a family and their time together. The book begins when a little boy is born and proceeds to show his relationship with his grandfather and their closeness. They talk of songs and what makes them...

June 30, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.7
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
Kids Nonfiction
Growing and Thriving

'What's Inside a Flower? (and Other Questions about Science & Nature)' by Rachel Ignotofsky, is a beautifully illustrated book with engaging descriptions of various kinds of flowers, as well as more information about the colors, shapes, sizes, and other facts that make flowers grow and thrive. ...

June 11, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Plot/Story
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable)
 
5.0
Characters (if applicable)
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality
 
5.0
Kids Indie
Heartwarming and Sincere

'Fiver Finds Home' by Jill Bugbee, illustrated by Jennifer Davison, is a story of friendly Fiver, a blue giraffe who is half the normal size of other giraffes. As a result of these traits that make him "different," he doesn't see how he fits in with the other giraffes, and...

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