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Booklist says Under the Umbrella is full of “moody, stylish artwork”

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by pajamapress

undertheumbrella_website“[T]he moody, stylish artwork is full of such expressive movement…Artistically inclined children will likely be charmed by this French import.”
Sarah Hunter

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School Library Journal says Wild One “fosters inference and opportunity for shared reading”

Posted on January 30th, 2018 by pajamapress

WildOne_Website“The turn of a page allows readers to predict the next animal comparison, and ink-and-watercolor illustrations record her play with busy movement….VERDICT A recommended general purchase, this read-aloud choice fosters inference and opportunity for shared reading in home or preschool.”
—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

Read the full review in the February 2018 issue of School Library Journal

Timo Goes Camping is “a great choice for a class read-aloud during Kindness Week” says School Library Journal

Posted on January 29th, 2018 by pajamapress

TimoGoesCamping_Website“Five friends embark on a camping trip in this early reader chapter book. Saucy Suki, grumpy Bogs, helpful Rae, quiet Hedgewick, and studious Timo decide—with the urging of adventurous Suki—to take a camping trip, even though none of them have gone camping before….The bold illustrations are coupled with flowing, sensory-laden prose to make a treat for the eyes and ears alike. VERDICT An enjoyable choice for elementary schools and sure to be popular with children. A great choice for a class read-aloud during Kindness Week.”
—Amanda C. Buschmann, Carroll Elementary School, Houston

Read the full review in the February 2018 issue of School Library Journal

Waiting for Sophie is included in Orange Marmalade Books list of books with “Super Sisters and Brilliant Brothers”

Posted on January 26th, 2018 by pajamapress

waitingforsophie_website“This easy chapter book is full of spunk and warmth….[A] lively, warmhearted account. Makes a great read-aloud for ages 4 and up as well.”

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The Crimson Review of Children’s and YA Literature calls Adrift at Sea a “fascinating read”

Posted on January 26th, 2018 by pajamapress

AdriftAtSea_website“This fascinating read gives a glimpse of the struggle and bravery of a refugee….The vibrant illustrations help readers visualize what it might have been like to be on the boat….This is a powerful tale that enables children to learn about a time in history that they may not know about. It also underscores being grateful for what you have, and empowers readers to fight for what they believe in.”
—Rachel Bloomingburg

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Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles “is a delight from start to finish” says The Crimson Review of Children’s and YA Literature

Posted on January 25th, 2018 by pajamapress

RootBeerCandyAndOtherMiracles_Website“This book is a delight from start to finish….The tale is written in verse, with spaces between speakers, with each character’s voice being very clear.”
—Holly Flores

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YA Books Central reviewer Kristie Lowry “cannot recommend Dragonfly Song enough”

Posted on January 24th, 2018 by pajamapress

DragonflySong_Website“Part fantasy, part fairy tale, and part myth, DRAGONFLY SONG is completely gorgeous….Aissa is a heroine to be admired….

Aissa is wonderfully resilient, and although my heart broke for her constantly as I read, I never doubted that this fierce, smart, loving girl would triumph despite the many forces working against her.

I cannot recommend DRAGONFLY SONG enough. I was sad to turn the final page and leave Aissa behind, but I suspect she’ll stay with me for a long while.”
—Kristie Lowry

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Pirates and Privateers warns readers that Two Times a Traitor “is near impossible [to put down]“

Posted on January 23rd, 2018 by pajamapress

TwoTimesATraitor_Website“[5/5 stars]…Two Times a Traitor is a riveting time-slip adventure. From first page to last you are caught in the vortex that whisks him from the present back to the past. When the sword slices his hand or musket balls whiz by, you feel and hear both. His emotions become yours as he wends his way through dangerous actions and foreign places where he doesn’t know the rules, yet his life depends on knowing them. Bass vividly recreates past places and times and her characters, both good and bad, compel you to discover how Laz resolves the conflicts he faces as he matures from an immature youth to a teenager wise beyond his years. Beware: Putting the book down is near impossible. Nor is this book just for older children and young adults; adults will equally be enthralled with this historical novel that explores a period in Canadian history of which few Americans are aware. Once you begin to read, you soon discover why this highly recommended book was chosen as a 2017 Junior Library Guild selection and one of the Best Books for Kids & Teens for 2017.”

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“For a story told with no words, Woodrow at Sea has much to tell” says CanLit for LittleCanadians

Posted on January 22nd, 2018 by pajamapress

WoodrowAtSea_Website“Not since an owl and a pussycat set off to sea have two wholly unlikely friends shared a boat on the open water. But the story of Woodrow at Sea is less love story than story of friendship and a far more poignant one than Edward Lear’s nonsense poem….

Because Woodrow at Sea is a wordless book, author-illustrator Wallace Edwards allows his illustrations to carry the story. But it really isn’t just one story. Everyone will read something different into his touching and considerate artwork….For a story told with no words, Woodrow at Sea has much to tell. And a lesson in creative thinking and visual literacy would not go amiss here.

Woodrow at Sea is truly a story about the importance of friendship and the good fortune of having a friend who has your back when seas get a little rough. It may not always be an angry ocean or a purple monster, but there’s always something that is eased with the support of a friend.”

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Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess gets 5 stars from Puss Reboots

Posted on January 21st, 2018 by pajamapress

MacyMacMillan_WebsiteMacy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green is a novel in freeform poetry about a girl trying to come to terms with the big changes in her life. Big changes coming: a new school at the end of sixth grade, a new house, a step dad, and step-siblings (twins)….

The poetry and type face help to express both Macy’s emotional state and the rhythm of sign. ASL has its own grammar — something that is lost when writing out dialog into standard prose. By keeping the lines short and focused on the core actions, items, emotions — there’s more of a sense of how Macy is actually thinking and expressing herself….

Though Macy’s town is never given a name, there are enough clues to suppose it’s somewhere on the north eastern edge of Vancouver Island. The author is from there and it shows in how she lays out the geography of Macy’s world.

Five stars.”

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