Reviews written by Olivia Farr, Assistant Blog Manager & Staff Reviewer

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October 18, 2021
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
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5.0
Kids Fiction
thought-provoking picture book read

THE WALL AND THE WILD is an intriguing picture book read about beauty, perfectionism, and gardening. Ana lives at the edge of the wild, and she has decided to grow a garden. Ana is very particular about which seeds she will plant and where they will go. She throws the...

October 18, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
charming picture book read

IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD is a lyrical celebration of music, family, and community. In this neighborhood, all the residents are instruments, but the drums feels a little out of place - not like the other members of his family or community who can carry a melody. However, soon, the drums realizes...

October 18, 2021
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
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5.0
delightful holiday short story collection

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS!: WITH A STORY A DAY is a delightful collection of holiday-themed stories from the Peanuts. With recognizable characters, the book features a short story for each day of December, leading up to the 25th. The stories include writing letters to Santa, baking cookies, gift exchanges, and so...

October 17, 2021
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
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charming middle grade contemporary/mystery

HOW TO SAVE A SUPERHERO is a cute middle grade read about family, community, and everyday magic. Addie and her mother, Tish, have always moved around a lot, and Tish's latest job at the Happy Valley Village Retirement Community does not seem like it would stick, even though Addie hopes...

October 17, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
adorable story about finding your own special skills

OLWEN FINDS HER WINGS is a sweet picture book about discovering your own talents and finding your own way. Olwen is bored of hanging out in the tree with her mother, brothers, and sister, so she decides to go exploring and find something else to do. She comes across different...

October 17, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
delightful YA holiday rom-com

I'M DREAMING OF A WYATT CHRISTMAS is a charming YA rom-com read about family, ballet, and the holidays. Noelle is a dedicated ballerina who lost her mother several years ago. She is now a freshman in high school and feeling a bit adrift when it comes to her absent-minded father,...

October 16, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
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5.0
Kids Fiction
beautifully written and illustrated

THE BIG BATH HOUSE is a celebration of family, community, and togetherness. With lyrical prose, the book describes the joy and calm moments as a young girl arrives in Japan and gets ready to go to the bath house with her grandmother, aunts, and cousins. The book describes the feeling...

October 16, 2021
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
imaginative picture book about the moon

THE CHILDREN'S MOON is a lovely and imaginative story about the sun and moon. When the moon appears during the day, it is known as the Children's Moon - but why? The book proposes a whimsical story about the moon and sun who compete for their time in the sky...

October 16, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
sweet read of love

WITH ALL MY HEART, I LOVE YOU is a sweet board book read. A small poem celebrating babies and toddlers, this is a rhyming read with adorable illustrations. With diverse babies on each page, the book encourages movement and play with a message of love at the end of the...

October 16, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
charming picture book about being different

ALWAYS EVERLY is a sweet picture book about feeling different and embracing what makes you unique. Everly is a small tree at the edge of the woods, where she grows and quickly makes friends. As fall begins, the other trees start to change colors - but not Everly. Everly is...

October 16, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
fun bathtime read

BATHTIME FOR BABY SHARK is an adorable book made for going into the bathtub. The book features 3 page spreads with a modified version of the Baby Shark song to be about bath, accompanied by the adorable Baby Shark in the tub. The book is nicely padded and waterproof, perfect...

October 16, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
intriguing picture book about friendship

BEFORE WE SLEEP is a sweet story of friendship and missing. Fox and Dormouse are best friends and love playing hide-and-seek. Fox is excited when fall arrives, as this makes it easier for hiding with the fall colors matching fur, but also sad, because it means winter is near, and...

October 16, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
great accompaniment to the film

VIVO: ENCORE! is a picture book version of the highlights from the animated film. Told in quick and simple language, the book begins with Vivo performing with his best friend Andres in Cuba. Andres used to perform with Marta when he was younger, and she was the love of his...

October 16, 2021 (Updated: October 16, 2021)
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
cute board book introduction to Vivo

MEET VIVO! is a toddler-friendly recap of the animated movie. The board book tells the story of Vivo, how he began as a street musician in Cuba with his best friend, Andres. He then ended up on a journey to Florida to deliver a song from Andres to his lost...

October 16, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
cute story from the Vivo movie

JAM SESH! is a story based on the animated movie. Vivo is far from home and traveling with Gabi in a raft through the Florida Everglades on the way to sing Andres's song to his lost love, Marta. Gabi does not seem to realize that Vivo is already a professional...

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