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reviewed The Graveyard Book. May 06, 2013
The Graveyard Book
Once again, with imaginative and narrative skill, Neil Gaiman has created a children's book unlike any other. At once gothic and phantasmagoric, it is still, at heart, a children's story with …
reviewed Coraline (novel). May 06, 2013
Coraline (novel)
Coraline tells the fascinating story of young Coraline Jones, a smart, feisty, curious and adventurous young girl who is somewhat neglected by her workaholic yet loving parents, a young-en who craves …
reviewed Daughter of the Sun. March 26, 2013
Daughter of the Sun
The people of the valley of East Mountain are looked after by Elana, the Daughter of the Sun. Whenever she smiled, the sun would join in and spread happiness and joy over the whole valley. The people …
reviewed Daughter of the Sun. March 26, 2013
Daughter of the Sun
The people of the valley of East Mountain are looked after by Elana, the Daughter of the Sun. Whenever she smiled, the sun would join in and spread happiness and joy over the whole valley. The people …
reviewed The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. July 08, 2012
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Like most Americans who were raised between the late 1960s-the early 1990s, I looked forward to the annual event of watching THE WIZARD OF OZ on broadcast television. Every year it was shown and it was …
reviewed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (book). June 21, 2012
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,   Go throw your TV set away,   And in its place you can install   A lovely bookshelf on the wall."--Roald Dahl, ···Choc …
posted a Quick Tip about Summer of the Wolves. May 09, 2012
Polly Carlson-Voiles - SUMMER OF THE WOLVES
A children's book adults will love to read themselves. Hopeful but realistic. I agree with Kikus: "A little gem of a book for wild-hearted lovers of the natural world."
reviewed Summer of the Wolves. April 01, 2012
Polly Carlson-Voiles - SUMMER OF THE WOLVES
There is a promotional blurb at barnesandnoble.com about Polly Carlson-Voiles's 2012 novel for ten-year old and upwards, SUMMER OF THE WOLVES. The blurb begins, "Julie of the Wolves meets Hatchet …
posted a Quick Tip about Neverdark. March 22, 2012
Neverdark
Amazon.com has a really neat 'Look Inside' Feature that allows you to peek at the first 4 chapters (with all the cool illustrations in FULL COLOR). Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Neverdark-ebook/dp/B0069TD5AI/ …
reviewed Neverdark. March 22, 2012
Neverdark
   Neverdark by C.S. Enfield is fun! A modern-day fairytale, set in a wonderful old Oak tree in a failing forest, it combines today’s issues with yesterday’s fluid wonder. The story …
reviewed Rad-Claire The Symphony Mouse. February 20, 2012
This children's book is about a music-loving rodent named Rad-Claire. What happens when music is permanently taken away from her?      Rad-Claire is part of a royal family of rodents …
reviewed Reheated Lio. December 06, 2011
Reheated Lio
Lio" is a comic strip unlike any other. It's a bit difficult to describe. For instance, there's no dialogue but you don't need any dialogue understand what happens in the strip or get …
reviewed Rudyard Kipling - CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS.... October 30, 2011
Elsewhere on lunch.com I have reviewed the complete original text of Rudyard Kipling's 1897 novel CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS. Today I am reviewing a 2002 abridged, altered, added to, but not badly …
Zig and Wikki in Something Ate My Homework
A part of the Toon Books collection (a series of "beginning" comic books for youngsters), ZIG AND WIKKI IN SOMETHING ATE MY HOMEWORK is about an alien named Zig, a red creature with a single …
reviewed The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories. September 30, 2011
The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories
The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories      My family loves the brilliance that is Dr. Seuss, so I guess you could call this review biased from the get-go. Given that, I am still …
reviewed Funny Animals. September 09, 2011
Funny Animals
Here is a group of short tales for children. But, these are not your average cute stories; they let children know that all problems have solutions, and that nothing is completely good or bad.   …
reviewed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows .... August 31, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
I'd read all six of the Harry Potter series long ago, and yet I held off longer still to finally open the covers of the massive final volume in this remarkable series. For young adults, it's said, yet …
posted a Quick Tip about DC Super Friends: Potty Time Power. July 29, 2011
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DC Super Friends: Potty Time Power
"This looks like a job for..."   It looks like a job for Elmo, not Superman.      Okay, I realize that it is essential to teach children potty training and bathroom …
reviewed Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray. July 06, 2011
Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray
Pros: Hilarious moments as only Bad Kitty can deliver     Cons: None     The Bottom Line: When Uncle Murray comes to pet sit, things don't go quite as planned.   &nb …
A Friend for Einstein, the Smallest Stallion
Pros: A tiny horsey finds a friend - what's not to love?     Cons: Nothing.     The Bottom Line: When the tiniest stallion can't run with the herd of big horses …
reviewed A Kid's Guide To Being A Winner by C..... June 26, 2011
A Kid's Guide To Being A Winner by C.D. Shelton
A Kids's Guide To Being A Winner is an excellent book for all readers. C.D. Shelton shares his thoughts about it means to be responsible, thoughtful and respectful. He also shares his thoughts about …
posted a Quick Tip about The Gashlycrumb Tinies. June 23, 2011
The Gashlycrumb Tinies
A couple hundred years ago preachers used to begin their sermons by saying, "Think on death, think on death often," as a form of fear tactics to scare their parishioners into moral behavior …
reviewed Stone Fox. June 22, 2011
Stone Fox
This is a surprising, quick read written for children, grades 3-6. I would classify it as a chapter book because it has chapters (ten of them), simple, easy to read language, and an elementary plot that …
posted a Quick Tip about The Dwindling Party. June 21, 2011
The Dwindling Party
What's this I hear? What could it be?   The sound of laughter and death knells beckoning me?      I've been a fan of Edward Gorey for quite some time and I must say …
reviewed Birds Can Fly and So Can I :A Giraffe.... June 04, 2011
Birds Can Fly and So Can I :A Giraffe Soars From Dream To Reality by Noa Nimrodi
Birds Can Fly and So Can I is a book that gets kids to believe in their dreams. This is a great message for kids to read. The story by Noa Nimrodi is easy for children to read and follow. I never pictured …
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