Bad Cat

“Hey, you, bad cat! How dare you do that?” Bad Cat–evil feline genius, or just a well-intentioned but misunderstood kitty?  Either way, Bad Cat (the book) is a wildly entertaining tale of mischief and misunderstanding that I highly recommend. The story of a grinning cat with a twinkle in his eye, who is constantly stirring […]

Donna O’Neeshuck Was Chased By Some Cows

Donna O’Neeshuck was chased by some cows, And also by mooses and gooses and sows. It happened one day When Donna at play Patted a cow on the head. Anyone who has ever read anything by Bill Grossman, such as My Little Sister Hugged An Ape, knows that they are in for a good dose […]

Barney Bipple’s Magic Dandelions

When Miss Minerva Merkle gives Barney three magic dandelions as a reward for a good deed, he knows just what to ask for. But Barney ignores Miss Merkle’s warning not to wish for anything too complicated—and magic soon turns into trouble! I was going to start this review by saying that Barney Bipple’s Magic Dandelions […]


Arrowville was never slow—a constant go, go go! In a manic panic people hustled to and fro. Every pointed person had a pointed point of view, and every point in Arrowville was always just askew. With Arrowville, author/illustrator Geefwee Boedoe has created a keen, insightful story about prejudice while maintaining a sense of playfulness that […]

And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon

Every night the rhyme gets read Every night Dish and Spoon run away. And every night they return —until tonight! I have always loved the idea of “fractured fairy tales”.  There are so many possibilities that open up when you take something with the longevity and quality of a classic and put a creative spin […]

Carnival of the Animals

Oliver Pendleton Percy the Third Was a mischievous imp of a lad. The tricks that he played on Professor McByrd Nearly drove the old schoolmaster mad. As Carnival of the Animals opens, little Oliver Pendleton Percy the Third is creeping away from a class outing to New York City’s Natural History Museum, only to fall […]

We’re Riding on a Caravan: an Adventure on the Silk Road

We’re riding on a caravan, a bumpy, humpy caravan, We’re riding on a caravan to places far away. When I first spotted this book, I was initially excited and then almost immediately wary.  I love the idea of books that convey interesting historical and cultural information to kids in an entertaining way, but my experience […]