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The Ball at the Circus

Jennifer Corcoran and Jennifer M. Perkins , illustrated by Laraib Irshad

Willard Beach Publishing, 31 pages, (paperback) $11.99, 9798988161202
(Reviewed: April, 2024)

In Jennifer Corcoran and Jennifer M. Perkins’ picture book, The Ball at the Circus, a ringmaster and a group of daring circus animals stand atop each other to create a whimsical, wobbly tower.

The fun starts with a single, colorful, striped circus ball. “This is the ball at the circus,” reads the text. On the […]

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Final Video Game

Craig Speakes

Craig Speakes, 370 pages, (paperback) $11.99, 9798876215857
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

In Craig Speakes’s science fiction novel, a 13-year-old boy must save humanity by stopping a powerful AI figure gone rogue.

Razer, an evil trickster from a popular video game, has infiltrated the world’s vital infrastructure: disabling communication systems, closing banks, and interrupting power. Dressed in a black cape and white skull mask, Razer starts appearing […]

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Mr. Mouthful and the the Monkeynappers

Joseph Kiimble, illustrated by Kerry Bell

WordFancy Books, 34 pages, (hardcover) $21.95, 9781734209754
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

When a man who doesn’t know the meaning of brevity finds his pet monkey rescued from thieves by a group of children, he’s left nearly speechless.

Mr. Mouthful, described as “our favorite fancy-pants,” uses long and sometimes unconventional words that lead to gaps in understanding for those around him. He also happens to have a […]

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The Songbird: An Unlikely Song

Cherie Smith

LifeRich Publishing, 26 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9781489747204
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

The tale of Adam, Eve, and God’s promise to mankind is seen through the eyes of a songbird in Cherie Smith’s picture book The Songbird: An Unlikely Song.

On the fifth day of creation, “The Most High God” creates the birds. All creatures are made to be extraordinary in different ways, the book states, and […]

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There’s a Gong in My Fishbowl

Anthony J Cirone and Marie Colligan

AuthorHouse, 32 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781665541688
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

Mischievous monkeys introduce an unexpected element to their animal orchestra in the children’s picture book There’s a Gong in My Fishbowl.

Members of the animal orchestra arrive to rehearse, along with their conductor, a crow who soon barks out orders: “Clarinet! Oboe! And you, too, Miss Flute!/ I’d sure like to hear all your very […]

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Molly Meadow’s Christmas Wish

Jill S. Downs

Xlibris, 46 pages, (paperback) $18.99, 9781669877691
(Reviewed: January, 2024)

A story about a girl who loves Christmas and finds the true meaning of the season, Molly Meadow’s Christmas Wish encourages readers to reflect on what makes the holiday special.

Molly loves all the Christmas trappings: the tree, decorations, cookies and presents. But she’s also a reflective girl who wants to learn more about how […]

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The Rise of The Legends

Jake Zortman

Good Harbor Entertainment, 353 pages, (paperback) $11.99, 9798989672103
(Reviewed: January, 2024)

In Jake Zortman’s middle-grade novel, a school club deals with a drone that travels from the future to modern times.

Mikaela Kadono dreads the first day of school. Her father continually follows his dreams and schemes from place to place, so Mikaela knows the tensions of being the new kid in school. This time, her […]

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Torro, the Silly Parrot

Virginia Loving Pope, illustrated by Terri Kelleher

AuthorHouse, 24 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781496959881
(Reviewed: January, 2024)

A fun-loving parrot enjoys life with his owner in Virginia Loving Pope’s picture book Torro, the Silly Parrot.

Purchased in a “faraway place” by a young woman, Torro the parrot is brought to the U.S. He enjoys imitating the sounds that humans make and also likes to ride vacuum cleaners, play with toys, and snuggle […]

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The Secret Life of Bears

Joann Slead

Xlibris, 32 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781669855972
(Reviewed: January, 2024)

A story meant to help early readers understand their relationship to Jesus, The Secret Life of Bears presents him as a friendly father figure who is “like a teddy bear” but alive.

The narrative is presented in the voice of a young, anthropomorphic bear who praises his “Dad” for being generous, smart, funny, and always […]

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Corky Tails: Tales of a Tailless Dog Named Sagebrush: Holly Berry and Mistletoe

Joni Franks

Xlibris, 32 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9798369400937
(Reviewed: January, 2024)

A woman is gifted two corgi puppies by a helpful fairy in this children’s Christmas story, Corky Tails: Tales of a Tailless Dog Named Sagebrush: Holly Berry and Mistletoe.

The tale begins with “the Young Miss,” a ranch owner, thinking about the coming winter. With an injured knee, she worries about completing necessary tasks, including […]

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