"Together, the text and pictures imbue the characters with a warm, winning joie de vivre that’s impossible to resist...Bedtime for Buzzy is sure to be a hit for young readers—as well as their grateful parents."
"Nickerbacher will keep kids giggling while the message of determination, kindness, and acceptance settles in....Barto’s chapter book is a rollicking celebration of hope that will excite readers with its rich, magical vocabulary, inventive storyline, and—of course—the laugh-out-loud antics of a silly, starry-eyed dragon."
"What Are You Willing to Give Up for Happiness? serves as a great little guidebook for corporate employees and other readers, who will undoubtedly welcome her ideas on how to handle relationships at work and at home."
"The story’s end has a twist that’s sure to raise a final goosebump. With some editing and ample illustrations, it could prove to be an exciting read for young zombie lovers."
"(del Castillo's) cohesive, intelligent writing style effortlessly weaves personal anecdotes with exhaustively sourced academic conclusions, making this essential reading for anyone who desires a comprehensive backdrop to modern Afghanistan."
"McCoy’s new middle-grade novel explores a young girl’s relationship with her brother who has autism...It’s difficult to write a children’s book that teaches a lesson while remaining engaging and avoiding didacticism. Through first-person narration (from Katie’s point-of-view), McCoy rises to the challenge."
"Stunning. Awe-inspiring. Revolutionary. Superlatives can’t aptly describe the immersive experience of reading Aaron Safronoff’s lavishly illustrated fantasy fable for the first time... this mesmeric fusion of Ursula K. Le Guin and James Cameron will entertain readers young and old and leave them wanting more. It’s an instant fantasy classic."
"With a straightforward narrative style tailored for young readers, Gaur handles this ambitious mix of elements with consistent skill. Descriptions of modern-day Kashmir blend well with Tarun’s interactions with Ganesha and his voyage through the Veiled Lands. Ganesha’s Temple never gets bogged down by the weight of its own considerable goals."
Ex- Rich Girl Tells is the difficult story of a real person who desperately wants to find her place in the world but doesn’t have any of the tools to get there. Thankfully Kami takes life in stride and was brave enough to share her journey with us. There are plenty of opportunities to see yourself in Kami and to learn from her mistakes.
"The second Freddy Anderson book pits the precocious boy genius against a giant asteroid headed toward Earth. This book offers an interesting premise, but it asks its readers to suspend too much disbelief, resulting in an unsatisfying reading experience overall."
"The novel is aimed at the young adult market and the type of older supernatural romance readers who embraced the Twilight franchise (from which many ideas are borrowed). Lively language makes this an easy read, despite the length, and most story threads tie together satisfactorily — although some unanswered questions leave an uneasy feeling..."
"A story of a lazy mouse with a big appetite. While Henry is a likable character, the story’s message is unclear. Are readers to conclude that Henry needs to lose weight or that it’s unwise to venture far from home? Young readers will enjoy the alluring illustrations, but the book does little to transcend its premise or redeem its main character."
"A simply told story (don’t expect flashy stylistics, or clever dialogue), but it never insults the reader’s intelligence. Featuring a strong young female protagonist, it is equally appropriate for a precocious pre-teen as for a young adult. This enchanting story is especially likely to captivate young readers already interested in mythology."
"While potentially compelling, this story contains elements that may disturb young readers. The cat is described as “scarred from head to toe,” with a “nearly severed ear” and “big chunks” of fur missing all over his body. After the camel steps on him, readers learn that he “had a bone sticking out and blood was gushing all over the ground.”
The author has devised an interesting story in a complicated universe (and elaborated on several different worlds within it), in addition to ambitiously creating new races with fun names, such as “tub-a-fubs” and “grosshilofrumps.”
"This well-written and richly descriptive adventure about an American family vacationing in England that gets transported into a magic-filled realm. This is an engaging story that has major flaw: The fantasy realm the Deeks family is transported is uninspired and conventional, but fantasy fans will find it a highly readable offering."
"A cautionary tale about the ridiculous nature of putting animals in costumes. The story’s rhythm is infectious and the language-play fun. Some might be uncomfortable with the underlying messages, as imaginative play comes under fire here and the gendered approach can make the story more about masculine and feminine stereotypes."
"In this children's book, a meek dog summons his courage to rescue his owner when bullies threaten her. Duncan delivers her message in quatrains of definite rhyme and strong rhythm that accompany each spread of pages colorfully illustrated. The author’s style of using uppercase letters at the start of each new line, even mid-sentence, is jarring."
“Bennett's writing is lovely and rich and she's done a terrific job of creating fresh, memorable characters. And it all ends with a big cliff-hanger that will have young readers eager to read book two!”
"While stories promoting a love of science are highly desirable these days, problems with content and style greatly detract from this offering...My New Friendship and Experiment requires thoughtful polishing before it is suitable for early readers."