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Children’s early and middle readers

Pax
Animal stories
Sunny Solomon

Pax

PAX What? Another kids’ book? Well, yes, and no. Two things compel me to pick Sara Pennypacker’s Pax for my next review. First of all,

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Will You Be My Friend
Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

Will You Be My Friend

WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND Back in 1994, Irish writer Sam McBratney, and British illustrator Anita Jeram, published the picture book, Guess How Much I

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Freedom Soup
Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

Freedom Soup

FREEDOM SOUP Just in time for New Year’s Day celebration is another great picture book from Candlewick Press. Freedom Soup is proof that the publishing

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Wild at Heart
Animal stories
Sunny Solomon

Wild at Heart

WILD AT HEART, MUSTANGS AND THE YOUNG PEOPLE FIGHTING TO SAVE THEM I reviewed Terri Farley’s Wild at Heart back in August of 2017. This is

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My Grandma and Me
Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

My Grandma and Me

MY GRANDMA AND ME – Unlearning Otherness one child at a time. Picture books have, for me, become a passion. As much as their stories

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I want my hat back
Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

For the Love of a Hat

THE IMPORTANCE OF HATS – STOLEN, LOST OR OTHERWISE Welcome to the wonderful world of children’s author-illustrator Jon Klassen. Klassen, a Canadian, is both a

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Louisiana's Way Home
Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

Louisiana’s Way Home

LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME Kate DiCamillo’s character Louisana Elefante is not new to her many fans who have read Raymie Nightingale (2016). I, however, am meeting

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Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

Good Rosie!

GOOD ROSIE! As a book reviewer, I have no favorite genre; if a book is well-written, I will unabashedly tout its merit. In the case

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Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

Du Iz Tak?

DU IZ TAK? If I were still selling books at a brick and mortar, Carson Ellis’s Du Iz Tak? would be flying off the shelf.

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Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

Charlotte and the Quiet Place

CHARLOTTE AND THE QUIET PLACE Charlotte and the Quiet Place is a most appropriate picture book for this time of year, which gives new meaning

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Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

Flora & Ulysses, a truly squirrelly novel

Flora & Ulysses, The Illuminated Adventures Having recently finished reading children’s author Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal winning Flora & Ulysses, I’m going to go out

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The Imaginary
Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

The Imaginary

THE IMAGINARY It’s summer, and summer, for a lot of us, is a time for family visits, especially those families outside our own city or

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Children’s early and middle readers
Susan Cornfield

Wrath of the Caid

Wrath of the Caid – Book Two of the Red Hand Adventures The Wrath of the Caid starts where Rebels of the Kasbah leaves off.

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Children’s early and middle readers
Susan Cornfield

Rebels of the Kasbah

Rebels of the Kasbah – Book One of the Red Hand Adventures The Rebels of the Kasbah is a tale about the basic human needs

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