‘Froggy Gets A Doggy’ by Jonathan London is a PERFECT doggy froggy book

Rating: 5 stars In "Froggy Gets A Doggy," author Jonathan London and illustrator Frank Remkiewicz get it just right. A picture book that's clever, is filled with onomatopoeia, and sends the right message? Here it is. Froggy wants a doggy, and he is excited when his mother tells Froggy and his sister they are going … Continue reading ‘Froggy Gets A Doggy’ by Jonathan London is a PERFECT doggy froggy book

‘Woof’ by Spencer Quinn: Middle grade version of the Chet and Bernie series

Rating: 4 1/2 stars Adults love the Chet and Bernie series of books told in narrative form from the mouth of Chet, the dog. ("Paw and Order" was the seventh book in that series.) As in that series, "Woof: A Bowser and Birdie Novel," also is narrated by a dog, this time named Bowser. And … Continue reading ‘Woof’ by Spencer Quinn: Middle grade version of the Chet and Bernie series

Interview with ‘Jasper’s Story’ author Jill Robinson

"Jasper's Story: Saving Moon Bears" by Jill Robinson is not your typical picture book. It's written by the woman who began saving China's Moon Bears over twenty years ago. On tour promoting the children's picture book and her sanctuary, she took time out for an interview. Ms. Robinson told me that she first glimpsed the … Continue reading Interview with ‘Jasper’s Story’ author Jill Robinson

‘The Sound and the Furry’ by Spencer Quinn: Pure Chet and Bernie mystery fun

Rating: 4 1/2 stars Spencer Quinn's Chet and Bernie mystery series has a lot of fans and with good reason. With the latest in the series, "The Sound and the Furry," Quinn (also known as Peter Abrahams) again brings his particular style of mystery joie de vivre to his readers. Bernie, of the Little Detective … Continue reading ‘The Sound and the Furry’ by Spencer Quinn: Pure Chet and Bernie mystery fun

‘Your Perfect Life’ by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke is touching and tender

Rating: 4 1/2 stars "Your Perfect Life" is by debut authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. It's about best friends Casey and Rachel, whose lives have taken different directions, and whose¬†friendship may have wandered a bit, also. Casey has become the host of a gossip television show while Rachel dropped out of college when she … Continue reading ‘Your Perfect Life’ by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke is touching and tender

‘A Wicked Thing’ by Rhiannon Thomas: Sleeping Beauty for young adults

Rating: 4 stars What if Sleeping Beauty didn't want to marry the prince? That's the premise of "A Wicked Thing" by Rhiannon Thomas. When the prince wakes Aurora with a light kiss, it doesn't lead to happy-ever-after. Not at all. Aurora's new beginning is realizing that her family and everyone (and everything) she knew is … Continue reading ‘A Wicked Thing’ by Rhiannon Thomas: Sleeping Beauty for young adults

‘The Edge of Nowhere’ by Elizabeth George her first foray into YA literature

Rating: 5 stars In "The Edge of Nowhere" Elizabeth George checks out the young adult market. And both young adult readers and adults alike should be glad she did. In fact, she might find that some YA readers, after reading this novel, will then proceed to check out her adult books. The story begins in … Continue reading ‘The Edge of Nowhere’ by Elizabeth George her first foray into YA literature

‘Mark of the Thief’ by Jennifer A. Nielsen: New series by bestselling YA author

Rating: 4 stars "Mark of the Thief" by Jennifer A. Nielsen is a story that grips the reader from the very first page; the action is nonstop and leaves the reader breathless from a journey through ancient Rome. Nic, the protagonist, is a slave in mines outside of Rome at the start of the story. … Continue reading ‘Mark of the Thief’ by Jennifer A. Nielsen: New series by bestselling YA author