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Picture Book Review – “P is for Pterodactyl”

P is for PterodactylAuthor: Raj Haldar & Chris CarpenterIllustrator: Maria Tina BeddiaISBN:9781492674313Publisher: Sourcebook Jabberwocky (2018)Age Range: 4-8 yearsGrade Level: Preschool - 3 Amazon Synopsis: P is for Pterodactyl. This whimsical, funky book from Raj Haldar (aka rapper Lushlife) turns the traditional idea of an alphabet book on its head, poking fun at the most mischievous … Continue reading Picture Book Review – “P is for Pterodactyl”

Picture Book Review: The Detective Dog

The Detective DogAuthor: Julia DonaldsonIllustrator: Sara OgilvieISBN: 9781250156761Publisher: Henry Holt and Company Age Range: 3-6Grade Level: Preschool - 1 Amazon Synopsis When Detective Dog Nell puts her nose to the task, there's no mystery she can't solve. Whether she's tracking the missing shoe of her human, Peter, or locating some lost honeycomb, all Nell has … Continue reading Picture Book Review: The Detective Dog

Book Review: Gazelle in the Shadows

"Gazelle in the Shadows” by Michelle Peach is a whirlwind drama combining some of the most exciting elements of political/international intrigue, historical fiction, and coming of age. Overview It is the story of Elizabeth Booth, a young British college student who is studying Arabic at Durham University.  She travels to Damascus to study and is … Continue reading Book Review: Gazelle in the Shadows

Picture Book Review: “Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans”

Rooster Wore Skinny JeansAuthor: Jessie MillerIllustrator: Barbara BakosISBN: 9781848863132 Publisher: Maverick Arts (2018) Age Range: 4-9 Grade Level: Preschool - 3 Amazon Synopsis Rooster is so excited when his new skinny jeans arrive: the sparkling stitching, a striking gold hue, and the indigo denim, a dazzling blue! But what will the other animals think of … Continue reading Picture Book Review: “Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans”

Book Review: Romantic Illusions

Romantic IllusionsBook Two - An Affair with Beauty: The Mystique of Howard Chandler ChristyJames Philip HeadNorth Loop Books (2019)ISBN 9781545635278Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (2/19) Summary of Romantic Illusions “Romantic Illusions” is the second book in the An Affair with Beauty trilogy by James Philip Head. An exquisite celebration honoring the life of … Continue reading Book Review: Romantic Illusions

Picture Book Review: Fall Ball

FALL BALLAuthor: Peter McCartyIllustrator: Peter McCartyISBN: 9780805092530Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, LLCAge Range: 4-8Grade Level: Preschool - 3 Amazon Synopsis In "Fall Ball" Bobby and his friends wait all day for school to end and for their chance to play outdoors in the fall weather. Flying leaves, swirling colors, and crisp air make the perfect … Continue reading Picture Book Review: Fall Ball

Jumping Off the Deep End – My Writing Journey

The Writing Journey Begins at the Beginning And so it begins. Up until now my writing journey has consisted of book reviews and the occasional blog article.  I am at the beginning of my journey. And, in contrast to my usual impatient, I-know-what-I-want-and-I-want-it-now attitude, I am fine with this. This is where I need to … Continue reading Jumping Off the Deep End – My Writing Journey

Picture Book Review: Lily’s Cat Mask

LILY'S CAT MASKAuthor: Julie FortenberryIllustrator: Julie FortenberryISBN: 9780425287996Publisher: Viking Books for Young ReadersAge Range: 4-6 yearsGrade Level: Preschool - 1Amazon Synopsis: Armed with a vivid imagination and her trusty cat mask, Lily can take on anything--even a new school...But when her teacher tells her no masks allowed in class, Lily worries, can she make friends … Continue reading Picture Book Review: Lily’s Cat Mask