Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Biography, Fashion, Art


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A dazzling first-person picture book biography of the life of iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli by the award-winning team who created Julia, Child. Continue reading

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The Pink Umbrella – Amélie Callot

The Pink Umbrella by Amelie CallotThe Pink Umbrella by Amélie Callot

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Friendship, Kindness, Mood


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When it’s bright outside, Adele is the heart of her community, greeting everyone who comes into her cafe with arms wide open. But when it rains, she can’t help but stay at home inside, under the covers. Because Adele takes such good care of her friends and customers, one of them decides to take care of her too, and piece by piece leaves her little gifts that help her find the joy in a gray, rainy day.  Continue reading

Claudia & Moth – Jennifer Hansen Rolli

Claudia & Moth by Jennifer Hansen RolliClaudia & Moth by Jennifer Hansen Rolli

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: November 7th, 2017
Publisher: Viking BFYR
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Art, Imagination, Seasons & Animals


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A small girl with a passion for nature turns to her new passion for art as the seasons turn colder. Claudia loves butterflies. Blue ones. Yellow ones. Purple ones with dots. And since she can’t take them home, she paints them in all their beautiful colors. But when winter comes, there are no more butterflies to paint…until she finds a little moth. Suddenly, Claudia sees winter in a whole new light. Continue reading

Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1)

31423196Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: April 4th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Space Adventure


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She’s a soldier — Noemi Vidal is willing to risk anything to protect her planet, Genesis, including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel. He’s a machine — Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel’s advanced programming has begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination. Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true. Continue reading

The Wild Robot Escapes (The Wild Robot #2)

34219841The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: March 13th, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Adventure, Family, Animals, Kindness


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Shipwrecked on a remote, wild island, Robot Roz learned from the unwelcoming animal inhabitants and adapted to her surroundings–but can she survive the challenges of the civilized world and find her way home to Brightbill and the island? Continue reading