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reviewed Doug-Dennis and the Flyaway Fib. May 17, 2011
Doug-Dennis and the Flyaway Fib
   I was immediately intrigued by this book when I opened it to find a dozen mini posters on the first two pages of circus acts. Who doesn’t love the circus and it’s unique and amazing …
reviewed Ernest's First Easter. April 28, 2011
Ernest's First Easter
      Each week I do interviews with published authors who share their experiences of getting published and give tips from what they’ve learned. If you would like to learn more …
reviewed Lily Hates Goodbyes. April 23, 2011
Lily Hates Goodbyes
Lily Hates Goodbyes   Author:        Jerilyn Marler   Illustrator:   Nathan Stoltenberg   ISBN 13       …
reviewed adventures at walnut grove by Dana Lehan. April 23, 2011
adventures at walnut grove by Dana Lehan
Adventures at Walnut Grove: A Lesson About Teasing  Written by: Dana Lehman  Illustrated by: Judy Lehman  Lehman Publishing, 2007  ISBN: 13-978-0-9792686-0-1  $15.95  …
reviewed The Weaver By: Kai Strand. April 23, 2011
The Weaver By: Kai Strand
The Weaver   By: Kai Strand   Published: 2010   ISBN: 978-1-61633-122-1   $12.95   Ages: 9-12   4 stars   Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth   …
reviewed Pelican Patti & the Gulf Oil Spill. April 21, 2011
posted in Sustainablog
Pelican Patti & the Gulf Oil Spill
No doubt, you've tried to keep your kids shielded from some of the ugliest images that came out from last year's Gulf oil spill (and many of them got a lot of replay yesterday with the spill's …
reviewed The Great Easter Egg Hunt. April 18, 2011
The Great Easter Egg Hunt
This is one of several in the “Look Again” book series by the author. This means you get more for your money than just a nicely told tale. The book is both written and illustrated by Michael …
posted a Quick Tip about Maurice Sendak. April 12, 2011
Maurice Sendak
I love the quirkiness and slight edgy quality to Sendak's books. He's always been a wonderful artist and illustrator (his illustrations for Little Bear are wonderful) and I admire his outspokenness …
posted a Quick Tip about The Story of the Easter Robin. April 11, 2011
Quick Tips about Easter reads.for children
If you'd like to get something other than candy for the Easter basket, why not a book. There are 55 Easter books listed on Amazon published since 2009. Most are of course about eggs, the one noted …
reviewed Here comes T-Rex Cottontail. April 09, 2011
Here comes T-Rex Cottontail
We’re all familiar with the nursery rhyme song of “Here comes Peter Cottontail.” Well in this story the cute fuzzy little rabbit is laid up with a cold and isn’t able to bring …
posted a Quick Tip about Blueberry Girl. April 08, 2011
posted in The Family Room
Blueberry Girl
Originally conceived as a short poem written for Tori Amos' unborn daughter Tash, Blueberry Girl evolved into a delightful picture book by Neil Gaiman with wonderful illustrations by Charles Vess. …
posted a Quick Tip about Odd and the Frost Giants. April 08, 2011
posted in The Family Room
Odd and the Frost Giants
A charming and simple novel about a young viking lad named Odd who goes on a quest to return three animals (a fox, a bear, and an eagle) to their true forms as Norse gods (Loki, Thor, and Odin). The story …
reviewed Bug Meets his Friend. April 06, 2011
Bug Meets his Friend
Wisconsin resident K. M. Groshek has created another charming book with “Bug Meets His Friend.” This is another book in the “Bug's Adventure Series” aimed at young readers …
reviewed Bug Meets His Friend (Bug's Adventure.... April 06, 2011
Bug Meets His Friend (Bug's Adventure Series)
Wisconsin resident K. M. Groshek has created another charming book with "Bug Meets His Friend." This is another book in the "Bug's Adventure Series" aimed at young readers ages 4-8. Like in the series …
posted a Quick Tip about Coraline (novel). March 25, 2011
Coraline (novel)
Didn't read the book but loved the movie (I haven't read kids' book sin some time.)
posted a Quick Tip about The Graveyard Book. March 24, 2011
The Graveyard Book
I've always been fond of slightly dark fantasy adventures about children, whether written by Lewis Carroll, Edward Gorey, Roald Dahl, or J.K. Rowling. Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is certainly …
reviewed SFC Magazine Review of A Wish and A P.... March 20, 2011
SFC Magazine Review of A Wish and A Prayer
Reviewed by Irene S. Roth        Synopsis:  This is an enchanting book about a boy, Jason, who has a pet parakeet. Jason loved to let Sonny, the parakeet, fly around his …
reviewed Fur and Feathers. March 20, 2011
Fur and Feathers
Fur and Feathers By Janet Halfmann Illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein 2010 ISBN Paperback: 978-1607-180869 $8.95 Ages 4-9 Rating: 4 stars Reviewed By Irene S. Roth       …
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Like JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, HARRY POTTER, THE WIZARD OF OZ and so many other children's stories that have entered the realm of literature classics, THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE …
reviewed The Monster at the End of This Book. March 11, 2011
The Monster at the End of This Book
   I remember this book well.      I remember Grover's initial shock at the discovery that there is, indeed, a monster lurking at the end of the book in my hands.   …
posted a Quick Tip about Princess Diaries (book). March 10, 2011
The Princess Diaries
Meg Cabot is a splendid individual to follow as both an author and a human being. If you're ever enamored with her books, I suggest popping over to her website and reading her blog!
posted a Quick Tip about The Golden Compass (Northern Lights). February 23, 2011
The Golden Compass
It's a great adventure story in a parallel universe where people's spirits (or souls, but that becomes problematic) exist as animals outside the body. Read it as an adventure tale and it will hold the …
posted a Quick Tip about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azka.... February 22, 2011
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
This is the book where Harry and friends became "real" to me. The characters and the story are beginning to mature. This is particularly true when compared against the rank silliness that drives much …
reviewed Kim. February 13, 2011
Imagine yourself, sometime around 1880 or 1890, a 13-year old boy born in India to Kimball O'Hara an Irish Colour Sergeant and an Irish domestic servant Annie Shott. Sergeant O'Hara was one of 900 "first-class …
reviewed Ivan the Terrier. February 10, 2011
Ivan the Terrier
Pros: Totally cute and giggle-worthy     Cons: None     The Bottom Line: You just never knew when Ivan the terrier is going to burst onto the scene and - Arf! Arf! …
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