I Am Still Alive – Kate Alice Marshall

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I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: July 24th, 2018
Publisher: Viking BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Survival, Action, Animals


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After: Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive—for now.

Before: Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded.

After: With only her father’s dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she’s stronger than she ever imagined. Continue reading

A Greyhound, A Groundhog

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A Greyhound, A Groundhog by Emily Jenkins

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: 2017
Publisher: Random House
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Friendship, Tongue Twister, Storytime, Animals


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When a greyhound meets a groundhog, wordplay and crazy antics ensue. The two animals, much like kids, work themselves into a frenzy as they whirl around and around one another. (Around, round hound. Around, groundhog!) The pace picks up (Around and around and astound and astound!), until they ultimately wear themselves out.

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The Rabbit Listened – Cori Doerrfeld

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The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: February 20th, 2018
Publisher: Dial Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Empathy, Friendship


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When something terrible happens, Taylor doesn’t know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn’t feel like chatting. The bear thinks Taylor should get angry, but that’s not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to process this loss, and one by one they fail. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen, which is just what Taylor needs. Continue reading

Big Bunny – Rowboat Watkins

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Published: March 20th, 2018
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Animals, Storytelling, Creativity


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From the curious mind of Rowboat Watkins comes a ginormously imaginative story that is as funny as it is philosophical. How big is Big Bunny? And how will this story end? Delightfully meta and humorously subversive, Big Bunny will take its place as the next go-to story about stories. Continue reading

The Golden Glow – Benjamin Flouw

The Golden Glow by Benjamin Flouw

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: May 15th, 2018
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Animals, Journey, Nature, Kindness


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Fox loves nature. There’s nothing he enjoys more than reading about and picking flowers. One evening he comes across a rare specimen in his old botany book — the golden glow, a plant from the Wellhidden family, found only in the mountains . . . a plant that has yet to be described. Fascinated, Fox decides to set off on a quest in search of the mysterious Golden Glow. He packs his knapsack, a map, a compass, a flashlight, a sleeping bag and other items for his hike. Along the way Fox observes many different kinds of trees and plants. He also encounters woodland friends who help him make it to the summit of the mountain. But when Fox eventually stumbles upon the object of his quest, he makes a surprising decision. Continue reading

The Wild Robot Escapes (The Wild Robot #2)

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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

Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters!

Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters! by Marikka Tamura

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 16th, 2018
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Animals, Environmental Issues


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You may have seen the cute pictures of penguins wearing sweaters–but did you know why they were wearing them? Debut author Marikka Tamura answers this question in this colorful, kid-friendly book that is told simply and charmingly…When the penguins become coated in an oil spill, many Big Boots arrive. The humans want to help the cold, greasy penguins, so they knit sweaters to keep them warm. The Big Boots mean well, but . . . penguins don’t wear sweaters! So after a good, soapy scrub, the penguins dive back into the deep blue sea, happily dressed only in their own penguin feathers. Continue reading

The Tiptoeing Tiger – Philippa Leathers

The Tiptoeing Tiger by Philippa Leathers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Animals, Siblings, Humor


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Everyone knows that tigers are sleek, silent, and totally terrifying . . . most tigers, that is. But no one is afraid of Little Tiger. He’s just too small and clumsy to frighten anyone. Determined to prove that he is terrifying, Little Tiger sets out on tiptoe, creeping through the forest to find someone to scare. He gets yawned at and laughed at, but Little Tiger won’t give up. Is there any animal in the forest who will find him just as sleek, silent, and totally terrifying as the bigger tigers? Continue reading

Toby and the Ice Giants – Joe Lillington

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My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Publishers Group Canada
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Animals, Ice Age, Educational


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Join Toby the Bison in this fact-filled adventure as he explores the Ice Age Tundra and meets some of the giants that roamed its icy surface. Ten-thousand years ago, the Earth was in the grips of what Paleontologists call the Last Glacial Period, but what you and I have come to know as the Ice Age… Continue reading

Big Hid – Roisin Swales

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publishers Group Canada
Publication Date: 2017
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Friendship, Animals


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Big and Little are the very best of friends. They do everything together! That is until one day, when Big suddenly hides away inside his shell… Little tries every method to get Big to come out and play again—he bakes him his favorite cake, he even asks all of his friends for help—but nothing seems to be working! What could possibly be wrong? Continue reading