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DOG DIARIES #1 by James Patterson & Steven Butler; Illustrated by Richard Watson

I enjoyed several of the books in the Middle School series written by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts featuring Rafe Khatchadorian (which now includes 11 books). Dog Diaries is a newer “spinoff” series featuring Rafe’s dog, Junior. The first book in the series introduces us to Junior from his perspective, beginning with the first time … Continue reading

THE MYSTERIOUS HOWLING by Maryrose Wood (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1)

The Mysterious Howling is a re-read for me. I didn’t really care for it  in 2010 when I first read it upon its initial publication. So why would I re-read a book I didn’t like in the first place? One of the hosts of a bookish podcast I listen to (Currently Reading–which I HIGHLY recommend) … Continue reading

I’M JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING And Other Nonsense For Mischievous Kids and Immature Adults by Chris Harris; Illustrated by Lane Smith

I’m No Good At Rhyming was a fantastic surprise find for me at the library this month! A slightly-snarkier-Shel-Silverstein-esque collection of fun, witty poems I laughed and chuckled, rolled my eyes and downright delighted in every aspect of this read! Puns, silliness and clever wordplay characterize the text. I was immediately hooked by the first … Continue reading


I unashamedly enjoy the Life of Zarf books! Troll Overboard is the third in the Life of Zarf series. This time Zarf the Troll and his best friends, Kevin Littlepig (always beset with anxiety) and Chester (a spectacularly UNfunny jester-in-training who relies on awful puns and Knock-Knock jokes), head out to sea with Zarf’s grandfather, … Continue reading

AFTER THE FALL by Dan Santat

This has been on my TBR list since it was published in 2017. I am SO thrilled I finally made the time to read it.  After The Fall is a rewarding reading experience beyond what I anticipated. This is the continuation of what happened after the traditional Humpty Dumpty rhyme ends–told by Humpty Dumpty himself. After … Continue reading


The only thing disappointing about this book is that I didn’t discover it while my kids were younger! We loved Tedd Arnold’s  Fly Guy and Parts series and they remain on my bookshelves today. I happened to see this in the library picture books as I was looking for another title and snatched it up … Continue reading


The first book in the Elephant & Piggie Love To Read spinoff series, The Cookie Fiasco sets the bar high for the series, as it is written and illustrated by the extraordinarily talented Dan Santat. The basic premise is that four friends–Monkey, Squirrel, Hippo and Alligator–have three cookies. They feel their friendship depends on their ability … Continue reading


I love Jan Thomas’ characteristic style of bright, single-color backgrounds behind richly expressive animal characters embroiled in a humorous situation.  The Easter Bunny’s Assistant does all that and a little more! Easter Bunny demonstrates for the reader how to make “BEAUTIFUL Easter eggs.” His assistant is the enthusiastic Skunk. After each step in the Egg-decorating … Continue reading


Harold & Hog Pretend For Real is a new addition to the  Elephant & Piggie Love to Read Books Easy Reader series spun off from Mo Willems’ popular (and brilliant)  Elephant & Piggie books. Hog and Harold are best friends and they love reading about Elephant and Piggie and their adventures in books. They decide … Continue reading

FUNNY GIRL Edited by Betsy Bird

I truly enjoyed Funny Girl. Edited by Betsy Bird, Funny Girl is a collection of poems, stories, comics, and essays by women authors, aimed specifically at girls around the 3rd to 6th grade demographic. The contents are both fictional and personal experiences, by turns witty and inspiring. Many of the best voices in current children’s literature … Continue reading