Reviews

I review children's books and apps, writing and art books, graphic novels, and other interesting reads. All books I review are my own or library copies, unless otherwise noted in the review itself.

Apps

The Artifacts: a Great Story App for Older Readers (plus Interview with Lynley Stace)

Book Creator for iPad: The Easiest E-book Publishing App You'll Find (And a Bonus Interview with Dan Amos)


The 33 Best Apps for Your New iPad


Children's Picture Books

  • Bear Picture Books!
    • Goldilocks and Just One Bear, by Leigh Hodgkinson
    • No Bears, by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge
    • Bear Despair, by Gaëtan Dorémus
    • I Want My Hat Back, by Jon Klassen
    • We're Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
    • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
    • Kiss Goodnight, by Amy Hest, illustrated by Anita Jeram
  • Gingerbread Picture Books!
    • Gingerbread Girl, by Lisa Campbell Ernst
    • Gingerbread Friends, by Jan Brett
    • Gingerbread Baby, by Jan Brett
    • The Gingerbread Pirateswritten by Kristin Kladstrup and illustrated by Matt Tavares 
    • The Matzo Ball Boy, written by Lisa Shulman & illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger
  • Princess Picture Books (with attitude)
    • The Paper Bag Princess, by Robert Munsch
    • Princess Smartypants, by Babette Cole
    • The Princesses Have a Ball, by Teresa Bateman, illustrated by Lynne Cravath
    • Jane and the Dragon, by Martin Bayton
  • Lost and Found, by Shaun Tan, compilation of 3 picture books
    • The Red Tree (2001)
    • The Lost Thing (2000)
    • The Rabbits (1998)
  • Pirate Picture Books!
    • The Gingerbread Pirates, written by Kristin Kladstrup and illustrated by Matt Tavares 
    • The Legend of the Golden Snail, by Graeme Base 
    • The Night Pirates, written by Peter Harris and illustrated by Deborah Allwright
    • Papa is a Pirate, by Katharina Grossman-Hense


Graphic Novels

  • Three Excellent Graphic Novels
    • Return of the Dapper Men, written by Jim McCann and illustrated by Janet Lee 
    • Meanwhile, by Jason Shig
    • A Drifting Life, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
  • A Tourist in the Land of Graphic Novels
    • Mercury, by Hope Larson
    • Bayou vol. 1, by Jeremy Love
    • The Night Bookmobile, by Audrey Niffenegger
    • Logicomix, by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papdimitrio
    • The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam, by Ann Marie Fleming
    • Robot Dreams, by Sara Varon

Middle Grade & Chapter Books

  • Excellent Audio Books for Kids
    • Then There Were Five, by Elizabeth Enright
    • Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, Detectives Extraordinaire, by Polly Horvath
    • The Magician's Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo
    • Matilda, by Roald Dahl

Books on Storytelling, Writing, or Art

  • Three Essential Books for the Visual Storyteller
    • Picture This:  How Pictures Work, by Molly Bang
    • Writing With Pictures:  How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books, by Uri Shulevitz 
    • Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels, by Scott McCloud
  • Five Books that will Take Your Writing to the Next Level
    • Writing Picture Books, by Ann Whitford Paul
    • Writing Irresistable Kidlit, by Mary Kole
    • Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott
    • Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, by Renni Browne & Dave King
    • One Year to a Writing Life, by Susan M. Tiberghien

Other Books of Interest

  • Books for Ocean Geeks
    • Moby Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them, by Donovan Hohn
    • Cod: a Biography of the Fish that Changed the World, by Mark Kurlansky
    • Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, by Dava Sobel