Posted in Book Review

The itty-bitty witch

By Trisha Speed Shaskan

Illustrated by Xindi Yan

Book Source: gifted to me by author

Book Status: Available July 16, 2019

Trisha is an author I met through another author, Aimee Bissonnette. Though after meeting, I found books by Trisha already on my bookshelf. She shared with me a copy of her newest book out next week. Here are reasons why kids will like it

1. It is about a witch and we like books about them

2. It is about bullying. A book like this can be useful for a little kid who is dealing with that.

3. It is also about determination and trying hard even when you feel bad.

4. It is a picture book so perfect for younger kids and classroom reading. It would be a good way to have a class discussion about name calling and being mean to other kids.

5. Even though it is about a witch, it is not a Halloween book. It could be read any time of the year.

6. The illustrations are really fun and detailed.

Posted in Book Review

The boy in the big blue glasses

By Susanne Gervay & Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

Book Source: provided in exchange for fair review

Book Status: available July 9, 2019

Four reasons why kids might like this book:

1. It is a good book for little kids when they first get glasses.

2. Sometimes people say things to make people feel better, but it doesn’t. The grown-ups keep saying they don’t recognize him in his glasses. That scares him

3. The illustrations when he doesn’t have his glasses on are interesting. He sees fish and penguins instead of kids and teacher.

4. It is a good picture book about being nice to kids. One girl makes fun of him and it makes him sad.

Posted in Ask the Librarian

Susan Polos

How long have you been a librarian:

I have been a librarian for 21 years.
What kind of librarian are you?
I am a school librarian.
Why did you become a librarian?
I first thought I would be an English teacher, but I had the chance to work in libraries, and I realized that that was the work I wanted to do. I like the idea that there is something for everyone just waiting in the library.
What is one of your favorite thing about being a librarian?
My favorite thing about being a school librarian has been to know students for many years, from the time that some learned to read to the time they graduated from high school. I love facilitating book clubs in school and public libraries, too.
Book access is a big discussion right now. It can also be a challenge for librarians. As a librarian how do you get books to those who need them?
I think that it is more important to advocate for school librarians than to advocate for book access. I have seen book drives accumulate bushels of books that sit in buckets and boxes unread. It is more important to have librarians who cultivate readers and connect young people to books that will make them feel like readers. I think access to school librarians, not access to books, is the real game changer.
Many schools have libraries but no librarian. A library without a librarian is a room full of books without the professional who knows the books and the readers!!
What book have you read recently that impacted you?
I loved Front Desk by Kelly Yang and The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
Was there a book that impacted you when you were my age (10)?
My favorite book when I was ten was The Children on the Top Floor by Noel Streatfield. I don’t know how much it impacted me, but I checked it out of the library over and over. I also loved The Boxcar Children.
Are there any new or lesser known authors/illustrators you think more people should know about?
I am serving on the Coretta Scott King Book Awards jury and I am reading lots of new authors, but I can’t talk about them now!
If you could portal into any book, which would it be?
Alice in Wonderland – because who doesn’t want to believe six impossible things before breakfast?!
Posted in Book Review

It’s your world now

By Barry Falls

Book Source: review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity

Book Status: Available July 30, 2019

BTW this is the 800th post on my blog!!!

This book came in my recent package from Media Masters Publicity. You see them as a book source a lot here. They really do represent a lot of good books. I really like getting their inquiry emails because it is like opening a present.

Now the reasons why this book is a must have

1. It tells you the truth that people are going to say don’t try, you will fail and just in general be negative.

2. It also tells you to do whatever you want.

3. It is a big long poem that is so much better of you read it out loud. I would love to see Emily Arrow make a song about it.

4. The illustrations are really cool and creative. I really like the style.

5. This is one of the books to show that picture books are for everyone. A little kid can’t read this alone. It made Mom cry because so sweet.

I really really think you all need to order this!

Posted in Book Review

Forgotten Beast

By Matt Sewell

Book Source: copy provided by Media Masters Publicity for review

Book Status: Available July 30,2019

Book reviewer: Lil Brother

This is another book I have lost to Little Brother. He keeps rereading it. His reasons why kids will like this book are…

1. The beasts in the book were HUGE. They had big wingspans and very large weird body parts. Kids can practice math and sizing with the book.

2. It is fun to try to figure out what came from these animals. There was one that is a pig-hippi-whale relative. WHAT?

3. The illustrations are really fun.

4. The descriptions are very funny.

5. And I want two as pets when I am a grown-up so I need to build a time machine.

6. Kids who don’t want to read about boring things will love this book.

Posted in Book Review

Aru Shah and the Song of Death

By Roshani Chokshi

Book Source: Target

Book Status: Available

This is the second book of the Aru Shah series and there will be more! There are two Pandava missing! Here are my reasons why kids will want to read this

1. They introduce two new characters one is named Brynne and is really cool, Brynne is the Pandava of the wind god.

2. The other character is named Aiden and is the reincarnation of…. THEIR WIFE😄

3. They meet a crab who tries to eat them but Aru, Mini, Bryyne and Aiden bet him by asking why he doesn’t sing, so they win.

4. Aru gets framed for stealing the bow and arrow of the god of love.

5. They meet all kinds of gods from the goddess of the night, to the god of love to the god of the sea to the goddess of wine.

Posted in Illustrators, Meet the authors

Emma Lazell

Author website/social media: Instagram and twitter: @emmallazell Website:
www.emmalazell.co.uk1. When you were my age (9), did you like to read?
Absolutely! I loved quite a mixture of books at 9. I remember reading and loving all the *Horrid Henrys*, especially *Horrid Henry’s Nits*, that really made me giggle. Enid Blyton books, I loved *Mallory Towers* and *The Secret Seven*. And of course Roald Dahl, I adored *The BFG*.
2. What is a book that made an impact on you?
Certainly Judith Kerr’s *The Tiger Who Came to Tea*, I think this impact is very evident in *Big Cat*. Also Michael Rosen’s *Quick let’s get out of here* poetry book. A book full of absolutely hilarious poems that I can remember my headteacher at primary school reading aloud in a whole school
assembly and having us all in stitches.
3. You are both the writer and illustrator, is that hard?
I always answer that I am an illustrator first, and then a writer. Although I’d love to have a go the other way round, and write some longer fiction. With Big Cat, the illustrations and characters certainly came first, and then the words came very naturally afterwards. When I attempt to write the story first, with picture books, it almost always ends up completely changing once I begin working on the relationship between the words and the pictures and the characters.
4. What author or book have read recently that impacted you?
At the beginning of the year I read the *Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children* series by Ransom Riggs. I read them all really quickly, I got hooked. I hadn’t read an adventure story in a while, and this one was
addictive.
5. Is there a new or lesser known author or illustrator you think kids
should be aware of?
I met so many amazing illustrators and authors while doing the MA in
Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art last year. Lots of
them have really exciting things coming soon. I’m really excited for Natalie Labarre’s *Incredible Jobs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard of* coming soon with Nosy Crow. It’s a highly illustrated, action packed, non fiction book which looks like its going to be equal parts exciting, gross, and hilarious. (My favourite book ingredients!)
6. What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author or
illustrator?
Go for it! You can find inspiration in anything, so always carry a notebook
or sketchbook and draw draw draw or write write write. Nobody else needs to
see your early ideas, so they can be as whacky as you like, just get them
down. You never know what you will come up with when you are flicking back
through those strange ideas you doodled down once.
7. As an author, do you hear from your readers? What do you like about
that?
I get to meet my readers at schools visits and book festivals and bookshop events and it’s great! When I read *Big Cat* I love seeing how exasperated children become at Grandma when she still hasn’t figured out why her ‘cat’ doesn’t quite fit in.
8. If you could portal into any book (yours or another person’s), what book would it be?
OO, this is a hard question. Perhaps I’d like to be *The Hungry Catepillar* because he gets to spend his time eating, or even better, *Willy Wonka* in *Charlie and the Chocolate Factory*. Running a chocolate factory sounds like even more fun than drawing cats for a living.
6. What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author or
illustrator?
Go for it! You can find inspiration in anything, so always carry a notebook
or sketchbook and draw draw draw or write write write. Nobody else needs to
see your early ideas, so they can be as whacky as you like, just get them
down. You never know what you will come up with when you are flicking back
through those strange ideas you doodled down once.
7. As an author, do you hear from your readers? What do you like about
that?
I get to meet my readers at schools visits and book festivals and bookshop events and it’s great! When I read *Big Cat* I love seeing how exasperated children become at Grandma when she still hasn’t figured out why her ‘cat’ doesn’t quite fit in.
8. If you could portal into any book (yours or another person’s), what book would it be?
OO, this is a hard question. Perhaps I’d like to be *The Hungry Catepillar* because he gets to spend his time eating, or even better, *Willy Wonka* in *Charlie and the Chocolate Factory*. Running a chocolate factory sounds like even more fun than drawing cats for a living.