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A Bully-Bad Day

Diana Kizlauskas

Bright Bear Books, (hardcover) $19.99 pages, 48, 9780991523382
(Reviewed: July, 2022)

A boy and his dog deal with a sudden influx of bullying and bad-natured animal guests in the charming picture book A Bully-Bad Day.

The story’s protagonists, a young boy and his dog Stanley, hear strange sounds outside their window. They are then greeted by a fantastic, disturbing sight: a host of exotic creatures invading […]

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Great-Grandpa and the Magic Locket

Carrie Lee and Crissy Prentice, illustrated by Crisdelin Prentice

Ingram Spark, 28 pages, (paperback) $8.99, 9781087966120
(Reviewed: July, 2022)

A boy is given a gift that allows him to see the hidden magic inside other people in the children’s picture book Great-Grandpa and the Magic Locket.

Jimmy isn’t thrilled to be going with his mother to visit his great-grandfather. Then, turning down Great-Grandpa’s driveway, their car seems to become a boat and the road […]

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Love Your Selfie

Danielle Gasalberti

Barnes and Noble Press, 30 pages, (paperback) $12.00, 9781668531853
(Reviewed: June, 2022)

Love Your Selfie is a picture book featuring three pre-teen friends who start an initiative to help their classmates gain confidence in the face of social media pressure.

Best friends Lauren, Lisa, and Nicole post selfies on their social media channels while preparing for their first day of middle school. Nicole is shocked when one […]

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The Adventures of Jackson: The young field mouse

Adam DeGraide

AuthorHouse, 38 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781665544191
(Reviewed: May, 2022)

In this picture book, a young, lost mouse must ask for help.

As this story begins, Jackson, a field mouse with a dashing blue scarf, finds himself lost. He knows his parents are with his Uncle Nester in a far-off castle, but he has no idea where that is.

To find the way, he talks […]

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Alice and Jack Hike the Grand Canyon

Amy Graves and Pam Schweitzer

OpalAve Publishing, 48 pages, (hardcover) $24.99, 9781736310601
(Reviewed: May, 2022)

Two children prepare for, and later complete, a challenging hike at one of the wonders of the natural world in the children’s picture book Alice and Jack Hike the Grand Canyon.

Alice, a girl who enjoys family trips with her parents and younger brother, narrates the story of their vacation to Grand Canyon National Park […]

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Violette, Your Shoes are on Backward!

Marie Salas

Marie Salas, 27 pages, (paperback) $7.99, 9798424685934
(Reviewed: May, 2022)

A preschool-age girl discovers why it’s a good idea to wear shoes the correct way in the picture book Violette, Your Shoes Are On Backward!

Violette’s mother often tells her that she’s wearing her shoes backward. It’s an event that happens every day, but that doesn’t seem to bother Violette. The book traces her daily […]

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From Me to You: The Power of Storytelling and Its Inherent Generational Wealth―An African American Story

Deidra R. Moore-Janvier

Amplify Publishing, 248 pages, (hardcover) $34.95, 9781645436232
(Reviewed: May, 2022)

A thoughtful examination primarily of the United States’ history of slavery, but including the historical presence of slavery around the world and the continued impacts of slavery, From Me to You presents a useful introduction to a challenging topic.

From Me to You was inspired by the author’s eight-year-old son Justin asking about slavery. The […]

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Oscar and the Awful, Horrible Smell: Troll Tales and Other Stories from Grandma’s Cottage

Betty Cetas, illustrated by Ugur Kose

Windy Sea Publishing, 32 pages, (hardcover) $18.95, 9781956277050
(Reviewed: May, 2022)

Betty Cetas’ children’s book, Oscar and the Awful, Horrible Smell follows the adventures of Oscar the troll as he searches for an odor that grows increasingly horrible throughout his investigation.

Oscar the troll is an intrepid denizen of his forest home, as comfortable with a fresh daisy or a fruity blueberry bush as he is […]

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Deco Design: Miami Beach Style

Isabel Hill

Isabel Hill, 40 pages, (hardcover) $17.95, 9798985856729
(Reviewed: May, 2022)

The shapes and styles of Miami Beach’s Art Deco architecture are featured in the informative and delightful children’s book Deco Design: Miami Beach Style.

Paging through this book, featuring photos of prominent Miami Beach buildings like The Carlyle, The Cavalier, and The Crescent, is like taking a walking tour of the area—minus the heat and […]

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Chatty the Hen Pheasant Travels with the Pack

Linda Harkey, illustrated by Mike Minick

Archway Publishing, 28 pages, (paperback) $13.95, 9781665712743
(Reviewed: May, 2022)

A hunting dog meets a pheasant who doesn’t want to be caught in the humorous children’s picture book Chatty the Hen Pheasant Travels with the Pack.

Nassau is a Labrador Retriever on a pheasant hunting trip in South Dakota with his owner, whom he calls “The Great One.” Amidst a blizzard, Nassau gets separated from […]

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