Zombelina: School Days plus 5 Frightful Facts

  “She can moonwalk with mummies, boogie with bats, wiggle with werewolves, rock out with rats.” That’s Zombelina, the little zombie girl who loves to dance. And now she is back with a third book in the series, Zombelina: School Days. Stay tuned at the end of my review for a special treat from the author as…… Continue reading Zombelina: School Days plus 5 Frightful Facts

Chicken Lily: A Winning Combination

If there is one thing I like more than books it’s winning books! This darling picture book by Lori Mortensen and Nina Victor Crittenden came in the mail as a result of a Twitter contest. And  now I get to share this punny yet encouraging story with you. SUMMARY Chicken Lily is a lot of things but…… Continue reading Chicken Lily: A Winning Combination

Purrrfect Picture Books for Animal Lovers

It’s summertime and many children are free as birds having flown from the confines of school classrooms everywhere. But that doesn’t mean the reading has to end! In fact summer reading programs are popping up at libraries nationwide. Today, I’ve collected a few of my favorite books about animals, some thought-provoking, some educational, and others…… Continue reading Purrrfect Picture Books for Animal Lovers

GUEST POST: Author Laura Sassi with The Power of Setting in Picture Books

I have a special treat for you today! Author Laura Sassi is joining us to share her insights on SETTING in picture books! Laura is the author of the delightful GOODNIGHT, MANGER, GOODNIGHT, ARK, DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE and the forthcoming, LOVE IS KIND each with just the right setting to make…… Continue reading GUEST POST: Author Laura Sassi with The Power of Setting in Picture Books

Finding Christmas (plus author interview)

I am pleased to have author Lezlie Evans as my guest today to discuss her new picture book, Finding Christmas, which releases TODAY (throws confetti) with a flurry of amazing editorial reviews.  Stay tuned after my review for a look into Lezlie’s writing life and details on creating this warm winter tale. Summary Squirrel, Mouse,…… Continue reading Finding Christmas (plus author interview)

School’s First Day of School

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex / illustrated by Christian Robinson Roaring Brook Press – A Neal Porter Book June 2016   Summary It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school.  What will the children do once they come? Will they like the…… Continue reading School’s First Day of School

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas     illustrated by Erin E. Stead Dial Books for Young Readers  2016 Summary The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles has a job of the utmost importance.  It is his task to open any bottle found at sea and make sure that the message is delivered.  He loves…… Continue reading The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles