Mary, Who Wrote Frankenstein

Mary Who Wrote FrankensteinMary, Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: August 28th, 2018
Publisher: Tundra Books
Recommended Age: 5+
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Nonfiction, Biography, Writing, Dreams, Historical


REVIEW:

I had no idea.

Well first I’ve never actually read the classic Frankenstein. Like pretty much everyone else, I know what it’s about and confuse Frankenstein the monster with the doctor, but I’ve never had to read it for school (I went to a francophone high school) and I would much rather read a romantic classic than a scary one. Continue reading

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I Am Small – Qin Leng

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I Am Small by Qin Leng

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: October 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Recommended Age: 4+
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Friendship, Family


BLURB:

In her authorial debut, award-winning illustrator Qin Leng has crafted a delightful picture book with a fresh twist on the themes of self-acceptance, growing up, and the arrival of a new sibling. Continue reading

Sea Prayer – Khaled Hosseini

38664775Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: September 18th, 2018
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Poetry, Refugee Crisis, Short Stories


BLURB:

The #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed responds to the heartbreak of the current refugee crisis with this deeply moving, beautifully illustrated short work of fiction for people of all ages, all over the world. Continue reading

Pop! – Jason Carter Eaton


Pop! by Jason Carter Eaton

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: July 3rd, 2018
Publisher: First Second
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Children’s Books, Fantasy


BLURB:

A quiet afternoon of blowing bubbles and popping them turns into a Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, (and more)-style adventure, as our young protagonist Dewey struggles to pop that one bubble…The Bubble That Got Away. Continue reading

One Day a Dot: The Story of You, the Universe, and Everything


One Day a Dot: The Story of You, the Universe, and Everything by Ian Lendler

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: April 17th, 2018
Publisher: First Second
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Children’s Books, Science, Non Fiction, Evolution


BLURB:

One Day a Dot is a beautiful and vibrant picture book that uses the visual motif of circles as to guide young readers through the stages of life on Earth. Continue reading

Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship

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Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: April 2018
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Disability, Animals, Adaptation, Friendship


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Rescue thought he’d grow up to be a Seeing Eye dog — it’s the family business, after all. When he gets the news that he’s better suited to being a service dog, he’s worried that he’s not up to the task. Then he meets Jessica, a girl whose life is turning out differently than the way she’d imagined it, too. Now Jessica needs Rescue by her side to help her accomplish everyday tasks. And it turns out that Rescue can help Jessica see after all: a way forward, together, one step at a time. An endnote from the authors tells more about the training and extraordinary abilities of service dogs, particularly their real-life best friend and black lab, Rescue. 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


BLURB:

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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