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Freddy goes to Florida

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’ซ One of my very favorites when young, this middle-grade series deserves a re-read, and this reader is certainly up for the challenge. A twenty-six book series, begun in 1946 by author Walter R Brooks (and marvelously illustrated by Kurt Wiese), most of these books are currently out of print,…

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The Year My Life Went Down the Toilet

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’ซA funny and touching middle-grade read about being twelve years old, struggling with the indelicate symptoms of a chronic and life-altering illness, and falling for your first crush, at precisely the age where โ€œeverything about being a human feels overwhelmingly embarrassingโ€. Our first person narrator, Alison (Al), lives with her…

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Zig Zag Zeffy

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ An adorable rhyming picturebook that introduces a pre-school child (and his adult reader) to the joyful world of a puppy, Zeffy, his adoption, and his settling in, on his path to becoming an indispensable part of the wonderful world of his new Hu-mom. Sure to delight tiny pet-lovers everywhere,…

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Davy in the Snow

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’ซ A beautifully illustrated picture-book with a sweet and heartwarming story which is sure to delight the four to eight year old audience it serves. One of a popular series featuring Davy the rabbit, this edition has Davy, growing up fast and eager to prove himself to his parents, offering…

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Once there was

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ1/2 A wildly imaginative ride through the past, and the present, and the silken threads that weave both together, featuring faeries, griffons, unicorns, giants and other creatures as strange and as wonderful as human dreams, hopes and imaginings are able to construct. Once there was a girl named Marjan Dastani,…

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Charlie and the Tire Swing

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’ซ A sweet and touching childrenโ€™s picture-book, illustrated with charming and whimsical images, that tells the story of our main protagonist, Charlie, and his special relationship with his Grandpa Jack. Sharing a cup of cocoa, Grandpa Jack reminisces in answer to Charlieโ€™s observation and question about the giant oak tree…

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Whereโ€™s My Dad?

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Written by a former school-teacher, this lovely childrenโ€™s book is a gentle look at the sometimes frightening, always expectant, world of the young, - a world where change-without-explanation can be as bewildering and it is distressing. Chloe is a smart, self-sufficient and curious eleven-year-old, living with a mysterious mother…

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Call Me Lion

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ A pure delight from start to finish, this lovely childrenโ€™s book cannot help but light up your day. Leo, our main protagonist, is a ten-year-old boy with puffy orange hair that has earned him the nickname of Lion (short for Dandelion). Leo, a solitary and troubled boy, suffers from…

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The Wolfโ€™s Story

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ An absolutely delightful picture-book re-telling of the fairy tale, โ€œLittle Red Riding Hoodโ€, from the perspective of the infamous Wolf, the much-maligned anti-hero who it may turn out, is not such a bad guy, after all. This fractured fairy tale is funny, charming, gorgeously illustrated, and is sure to…

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The DwayneDeer

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ (A strangely-timed themed review - just because - itโ€™s always a good time to be thinking about Christmas!) A bright and charming childrenโ€™s picture book inspired by Dwayne, a real-life spur-thighed tortoise, who was a rescue from the SPCA by the author and her husband. In this Christmas-themed adventure,…

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