Call Me Lion

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A pure delight from start to finish, this lovely children’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 Wolf’s Story

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 An absolutely delightful picture-book re-telling of the fairy tale, “Little Red Riding Hood”, 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

🌟🌟🌟🌟 (A strangely-timed themed review - just because - it’s always a good time to be thinking about Christmas!) A bright and charming children’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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Lasso the Moon

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Softly washed with the richness of indigo, dusky blues, royal purple, and a dazzling golden sandstone, this gorgeous picture book has the feel of an old-time fairy tale, dusted all the way through with the splendor of starlight, myth and magic. As our hero, a little girl named Max,…

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My Best Friend

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟➕ This may very well be my favorite children’s picture-book ever! A composite of absolutely adorable watercolor pictures, (each edged in ink and portraying a different child with their cuddly pet), this story is so sweetly evocative that you’ll find yourself reluctant to leave this author (who is also the…

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Secrets of the Hotel Maisonneuve

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟+ By Jove, this is one terrific book! Jacob Jollimore is thirteen years old, an adopted Vietnamese boy who is something of a science geek (self-proclaimed), at an awkward age and time in his life. As his parents, facing financial collapse, harness all their remaining resources to renovate the crumbling…

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Caterpillar’s Surprise

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 A charming children’s picture book, delightfully illustrated in shades of pale green, blue, gold and brown - nature colors that resonate with the themes explored of transformation, friendship, and the wonder of the natural world around us. There is magic all around us, we learn - creatures large…

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Finn and Fred’s Arctic Adventure

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (Agest 3 to 8) A delightful and poignant picture book, universally accessible in melodic and simple rhyme, packaging an environmental message so endearingly told that it will reach even the youngest child. Gorgeously illustrated with pictures so pure and vibrant they could be original cartoon celluloid, this book will…

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The Think Ups

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Ages 3 to 7) What happens when Anna and Kiki, two cherubic little girls, find themselves stuck inside on a rainy dreary day? This lovely little picture book (with flaps to turn), beautifully illustrated with smudgy pastel drawings that are as sweetly endearing as the tone set by this…

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I Don’t Have A Dog

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️+ Simple and sweet and oh so resonant to animal lovers everywhere, - if books could sing, this picture book would be an opera. Pure magic, from cover to cover, this little book is big on heart and so endearing I had to read it through several times. Gorgeously illustrated,…

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