Book Review: Ban This Book

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz 256 pages Published by Starscape & Tor/Forge (Imprint of Macmillan USA) Age range: MG (9 +) Summary: (from Goodreads) –Readers, librarians, and all those books that have drawn a challenge have a brand new hero…. Stand up and cheer, book lovers. This one’s for you.- –Kathi Appelt, author of…

Book Review: In 27 Days

In 27 Days By Alison Gervais Published by Blink 352 pages Age range: YA, approximately 11 up. Notes for parents/ educators: Discusses suicide and depression.   Summary: (from Goodreads) Hadley Jamison is shocked when she hears that her classmate, Archer Morales, has committed suicide. She didn’t know the quiet, reserved guy very well, but that…

Book Review: Violet

Violet Written by Tania Duprey Stehlik Illustrated by Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic Published by Second Story Press 32 pages Age range: KS1+ / 5+ Summary (from Goodreads): Violet is happy that her father has come to pick her up after her first day at a new school. But as she races over to meet him, one…

Book review: On the Spectrum

On the Spectrum Written by Jennifer Gold Published by Second Story Press Age range: 13 + Summary (from Goodreads): Growing up in the shadow of a famous mother, Clara has never felt good about her body. Now, at sixteen, she has an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. After a social media disaster, she decides to…

Book review: A Different Pond

A Different Pond Written by Bao Phi Illustrated by Thi Bui 34 pages Published by Picture Window Books Age range: All ages Summary: (from Goodreads) Acclaimed poet Bao Phi delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son and between cultures, old and new. A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about…

Book Review: Cinderella and the Furry Slippers

Cinderella and the Furry Slippers Written by Davide Cali Illustrated by Raphaelle Barbanegre 32 pages Published by Tundra Books Age range: KS1 or lower KS2 (ages 4-8)   Summary: (from NetGalley) Handsome princes, fancy castles, extravagant balls . . . in this girl-power fractured fairy tale, Cinderella learns that if it looks too good to be…

Book review: The Circus

The Circus By Olivia Levez 304 pages Published by Rock the Boat Age Range: YA, 13 and up For parents/ educators: Be aware this book contains homelessness and the risks a young girl alone on the street might face. Summary: (from Goodreads) Willow has everything: a rich daddy, a pony and a place at a…

Book review: The Last Tree

The Last Tree Written by Ingrid Chabbert, illustrated by Guridi 36 pages Published by Kids Can Press “It’s so beautiful!” I whispered. “It’s the first one I’ve seen. “ “Do you think it’s the last tree?” Summary: (from Goodreads) A small boy longed to roll and play in the grass like his father had when…

Multilingual flashcard: Book

Multilingual flashcard 148 – Book in 10 languages. Pretty much the most important word you need to know in any language. Books, unique portals to other worlds, repositories of knowledge, provacators and comforters, ‘portable magic’. Books have been tied up with so many important experiences in my life and I truly believe you can never…

Fairytales for children

“Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been a means to conquer the terrors of mankind through metaphor.” ― Jack Zipes I have always loved fairytales in all their incarnations. They are a mainstay in our popular culture from bedtime stories to movies, constantly being reinvented and reinterpreted. There are…

Introduction to this blog

I am going to be up front with my biases – I love fairytales. Always have and always will. I grew up on a steady diet of fairytales and folklore in a landscape where it seemed as if they really could happen. Oral storytelling is a strong part of traditional Irish culture and I was…