Hello World, I’m Back!

It's been a real whirlwind of stress lately for all; that goes without saying, but for me, it's been even more stressful getting ready to open a new business. Renovations are going well: gutting, tearing down, plumbing, electrical, structural-foundation repairs, planning, planning, and more planning. Promotional work begins in January 2021. Applications will go out … Continue reading Hello World, I’m Back!

THE AWESOME, IMPOSSIBLE, UNSTOPPABLE GADGET, by Kevin Kelly & Rebecca Kelly, Imprint, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

This inspiring picture book about incredible inventions going haywire illustrates that with persistence, anyone can be awesome, impossible, and unstoppable. Trixie O'Toole is super-excited to be at Camp Create, where she can invent whatever she likes. But when a boy nicknamed "Professor" von Junk gets all the attention, Trixie feels left out. Still, she persists … Continue reading THE AWESOME, IMPOSSIBLE, UNSTOPPABLE GADGET, by Kevin Kelly & Rebecca Kelly, Imprint, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

STAR-CROSSED, by Minnie Darke, Double Day Canada, Penguin Random House

Sometimes even destiny needs a little bit of help. When childhood sweethearts Justine (Sagittarius and serious skeptic) and Nick (Aquarius and true believer) bump into each other as adults, a life-changing love affair seems inevitable. To Justine, anyway. Especially when she learns Nick is an astrological devotee, whose decisions are guided by the stars, and … Continue reading STAR-CROSSED, by Minnie Darke, Double Day Canada, Penguin Random House

TALES OF AN 8-BIT KITTEN, by Cube Kid, Andrews McMeel Publishing

Best-selling author, Cube Kid, introduces a new series about a kitten named Eeebs who lives some incredible adventures in the world of Minecraft. Fans of Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior will find some of the emblematic characters from this series in the Nether. Eeebs isn't a very disciplined kitten. His mom warned him not to … Continue reading TALES OF AN 8-BIT KITTEN, by Cube Kid, Andrews McMeel Publishing

WANTED, STORYTELLERS SERIES #2, by Betsy Schow, Sourcebooks Fire

In the sequel to Spelled, can Robin Hood's daughter, Rexi, stop the Wicked Witch from finding Excalibur? Fairy-Tale Survival Rule No. 52: No matter how difficult the obstacles or all-powerful the evil villain, one can rest assured that the hero of the story never dies. The sidekicks though... they should be worried. Rexi Hood is … Continue reading WANTED, STORYTELLERS SERIES #2, by Betsy Schow, Sourcebooks Fire

SPELLED, THE STORYMAKERS SERIES #1, by Betsy Schow, Sourcebooks Fire

Link to Book #2 Review Here Link to Book #3 Review Here Somewhere over the rainbow, all spell is about to break loose… Fairy Tale Survival Rule No. 32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day. Yeah, no thanks. … Continue reading SPELLED, THE STORYMAKERS SERIES #1, by Betsy Schow, Sourcebooks Fire

NO HUGS FOR PORCUPINE, by Zoe Waring, Running Press/Kids

Embrace what makes you unique and encourage compassionate friendships with Porcupine and Armadillo in this delightful picture book that makes a great gift for Valentine's Day or for any day when a hug (or kiss) is needed. Poor Porcupine just cannot be hugged-his quills are too spikey! Each night, before settling down to sleep, all … Continue reading NO HUGS FOR PORCUPINE, by Zoe Waring, Running Press/Kids

MY LIFE IN SMILEY, IT’S ALL GOOD, by Anne Kalicky, Andrews McMeel Publishing

Follow the middle school misadventures of Max, as recorded in his hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid–style journal that is unconventionally illustrated with the internationally recognized emoticons of the SmileyWorld brand. Age Level: 8-12 Grade Level: 3rd and up Warning: Do not read before 2126! My Life in Smiley: It's All Good is meant strictly … Continue reading MY LIFE IN SMILEY, IT’S ALL GOOD, by Anne Kalicky, Andrews McMeel Publishing

WALLACE THE BRAVE, By Will Henry, Amp Comics For Kids, Andrews McMeel Publishing

"Walace the Brave is a little taste of classic comics from the past." —The Huffington Post Welcome to Snug Harbor! Will Henry's Wallace the Brave is a whimsical comic strip that centers around a bold and curious little boy named Wallace, his best friend Spud and the new girl in town, Amelia. Wallace lives in … Continue reading WALLACE THE BRAVE, By Will Henry, Amp Comics For Kids, Andrews McMeel Publishing

THE THORN NECKLACE, by Francesca Lia Block, Seal Press

For devotees of Bird by Bird and The Artist's Way, a memoir-driven guide to healing through the craft of writing Francesca Lia Block is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the award-winning Weetzie Bat series. Her writing has been called "transcendent" by The New York Times, and her books have been included … Continue reading THE THORN NECKLACE, by Francesca Lia Block, Seal Press