Reviews written by Olivia Farr, Staff Reviewer

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July 07, 2020
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
great animal photographs

BE OUR GUEST! is a colorful book of photographs. The book takes us to a hotel, where a monkey named Maurice is there to greet us and show us around. We meet the owner, a lion, visit the lobby and get a key from a wallaby, before visiting our room,...

July 07, 2020
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Kids Fiction
simple magic trick picture book

HAT TRICKS is a story of magic. Hattie the rabbit pops out of her magic hat to perform some magic. She says the magic words, Abracadabra Katakurico, and more animals begin to pop out of the hat. The animals appear first by their heads before coming the rest of the...

July 07, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
great procedural board book about construction and tools

STANLEY'S TOOLBOX is a delightful board book that shows many tools in action as Stanley helps to repair Little Woo's tree house. Each page shows a different tool and how Stanley uses it to fix a different part of the tree house, such as nailing the shingles back on the...

July 07, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
delightful springtime board book

SPRING IS HERE! is a delightful board book that features several animals in the springtime setting. The book is extra cool with peekaboo windows and when the pages turn, the faces change. For instance, the baby sheep goes from looking up to eating some clover, much to the delight of...

July 07, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
cute fake dating contemporary

10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT PINKY is a cute YA romance that features a fake-turned-real relationship and opposites-attract couple. Pinky is spending the summer with her family at their vacation home, when the barn burns down. Pinky's mother immediately accuses her of doing so- likely with an irresponsible paramour, and...

July 05, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
Kids Nonfiction
intriguing picture book about the nautical world under the pier

DOWN UNDER THE PIER is a beautifully illustrated poem about the magic that happens, not only above, but also below the pier. With a focus on nature and the exploration that can occur when the tide moves out. The book also features information about the animals that can be found...

July 05, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
charming picture book of imagination

LALI'S FEATHER is a delightful and colorful picture book that explores birds and imagination. Lali is playing when she finds a feather. She sets out to find its owner, only for the birds to tell her why the feather cannot be theirs. Lali then explores what she can do with...

July 05, 2020
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
picture book about friendship and fears

A FRIEND FOR MOLE is a cute picture book that speaks to unlikely friendships and shared experiences. Mole is happy living in his hole underground. He hears things from above, but one day, the sound of rushing feet makes him wonder what is going on. When he comes out to...

July 05, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
moving historical fiction

BROTHER'S KEEPER is a highly engrossing and heartfelt read about a 12-year-old girl and her dangerous journey from North to South Korea in 1950. At the beginning of the book, Sora lives with her parents and two younger brothers in North Korea. Sora stays at home to watch her brothers...

July 04, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
fun STEM contest!

IZZY GIZMO AND THE INVENTION CONVENTION is a delightful, rhyming book about staying true to yourself and getting creative. Izzy Gizmo loves making machines to do helpful things. An invitation arrives from Mick Marvel to invite her to Technoff Isle, where she will compete with other inventors. Whichever invention the...

July 04, 2020
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Kids Fiction
cute picture book about meeting new friends

THE WELCOME WAGON features four friends who decide to welcome a new family to Cubby Hill. As they travel to meet them, they think about what the new people will be like. Bobbi worries that they might be scary or mean. Cooper doubts that will be the case, but the...

July 02, 2020
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Batman meets fairytales

BATMAN TALES: ONCE UPON A CRIME reimagines fairytales as Batman stories. There are four main stories in this graphic novel. The first is Damian Wayne who wants to be a real boy wonder, but he is stuck being Waynocchio, undergoing the trials of Pinocchio involving the villains of the Batman...

June 30, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
charming and simple picture book

BO THE BRAVE is a delightful story about courage and not judging others too quickly. Bo lives with her brothers, Erik and Ivar, in a castle. Her brothers are going hunting for monsters, and Bo wants to join, but they tell her she is too little. Bo decides to set...

June 30, 2020
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Kids Fiction
silly book about searching for trouble

DOUBLE TROUBLE! features twins, Ellis and Erin, who are looking for trouble. They search all over the house, in the mud puddle, in the trash cans, and more. They finally decide to give up and play pirates, when they spot Trouble. I'll let you read it to find out what...

June 30, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
intriguing sequel

THE MORNING FLOWER continues the OMTE ORIGINS story as Ulla continues to search for her heritage and for the missing Eliana. She and Pan travel to Louisiana to see if they can get some answers from the Omte, though most of what they learn are dead-ends. Children's fairytales seem to...

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