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Sailing the Milky Way: A Passport to the Unimagined

Eileen Ferriter

Outskirts Press, 24 pages, (hardcover) $27.95, 9781977247087
(Reviewed: November, 2022)

Eileen Ferriter’s Sailing the Milky Way is a picture book that follows a dragonfly on a trip through the cosmos.

The book begins with a young boy in bed. “Before you tuck me in,” he says, “can you tell me the story of Yuri once more?” The narrator then informs readers that “The loving parents […]

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Desert Friends: Travels with the Pack

Linda Harkey, illustrated by Mike Minick

ArchwayPublishing, 42 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781665721868
(Reviewed: November, 2022)

Offering a heavy helping of desert ecology with a dash of drama, Desert Friends is an informative picture book for young readers who enjoy learning about wild animals.

Desert Friends opens by introducing readers to a roadrunner and a Gambel’s quail, two friends in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert who love to race each other. Readers learn […]

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Klippe the Viking

Bjorn Fyrre, illustrated by Ankitha Kini

Boogamedia, 60 pages, (hardcover) $19.99, 9780648816027
(Reviewed: November, 2022)

A young Viking girl who struggles to keep up with her schoolmates in class finds friendship and hope in the picture book Klippe the Viking.

Frustrated by her learning problems, Klippe is approached by Kanin, another little girl. Kanin says that she, too, has problems with school and they decide to work together to overcome […]

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Elvia and the Gift of Passion: Tales by Moons-Light Series

Ruthy Ballard

WhipSmart Books, 357 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9780997853216
(Reviewed: October, 2022)

In Ballard’s third book in the Tales by Moons-light series, a ten-year-old girl who feels imprisoned by overprotective parents longs for adventure.

On a wildlife safari trip her mother won, Elvia sneaks away, is chased by a lion, and escapes into an outhouse. There, she’s pulled through a space-time tunnel and lands on a distant […]

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Fairies and Dragons

Nancy Benson

AuthorHouse, 34 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9781665539890
(Reviewed: September, 2022)

A young dragon just learning to fly discovers the land of fairies in Nancy Benson’s picture book Fairies and Dragons.

Hunter, a dragon sent out by his father to practice flying, finds himself tired and stranded in territory he doesn’t recognize. Luckily, Hunter meets a group of fairies, including young Sylvie, who comfort Hunter and […]

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KyRose Takes a Leap

Cicek Bricault

Cicek Bricault, 276 pages, (paperback) $11.99, 9780578382326
(Reviewed: September, 2022)

In Cicek Bricault’s middle-grade novel, a twelve-year-old girl desperate to become popular hides her unique ability, fearful of seeming like a freak.

KyRose dreams of joining her school’s in-crowd, which means making friends with Georgia, the “popular and ruthless” soccer captain. One day in gym class, KyRose makes a good play, and Georgia pushes her […]

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When I Was Young

Joe Estacio, illustrated by Attari Bros

Palmetto Publishing, 42 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781638376415
(Reviewed: September, 2022)

Joe Estacio’s When I Was Young is a picture book in which the speaker reflects about his childhood.

The story begins: “When I was young, we’d go outside and play with our friends after school and on weekends. In the summer […] we’d ride bikes, and climb jungle gyms and trees at the park.”

It […]

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Claudia Builds a Bridge for Bruno

Diana Duncan, illustrated by Gail Jacalan

Partridge, 32 pages, (paperback) $25.01, 9781543768329
(Reviewed: August, 2022)

Spotlighting a girl and her rescue dog, Claudia Builds a Bridge for Bruno touches on the impact of isolation as well as the time and attention it takes to earn trust from another.

In this rhyming picture book, we meet Claudia. After years of Claudia asking for a dog, her parents finally agree. Claudia chooses […]

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The Girl and the Bear

Bernadette I. Bernal

Newman Springs Publishing, 24 pages, (paperback) $13.95, 9781636921686
(Reviewed: August, 2022)

A girl and bear who were best friends as youngsters have an emotional reunion as adults in this gentle children’s picture book.

The story introduces a girl and bear cub (called “Girl” and “Bear”) who enjoy playing, telling stories, sitting in a big oak tree, and visiting the ocean. They promise to be best friends […]

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Scaredy Bat and the Frozen Vampires: A Vampire Detective Story

Marina J. Bowman, illustrated by Yevheniia Lisovaya

Code Pineapple, 113 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9781950341078
(Reviewed: August, 2022)

In the first illustrated chapter book in this early reader series, a tween vampire and three friends solve the mystery of who put a royal wedding party and their guests on ice.

Twelve-year-old Ellie Spark, christened by her sister “Scaredy Bat” for her fears of spiders, monsters, and more, is excited to be attending the […]

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