Three Chapter Books

All books were review copies provided by publisher

The Escapades of Clint McCool: Octo-Man and the Headless Monster by Jane Kelly and illustrated by Jessika von Innerebner

I did not like this one at all. The kid was annoying and the fact that no one seemed to think of punish him for his actions upset me greatly. He treats his friends badly and his mom is weary around him and he just won’t listen. Maybe kids will like this one but for me it was like yikes child, you need time out.


Bea Garcia: The Curse of Einstein’s Pencil – written and illustrated by Deborah Zemke

This was very cute. I adored the illustrations and Bea’s imagination. I reckon kids will like this one. Especially the artists.


The Kid from Planet Z wirtten by Nancy Krulik and illustrated by Louis Thomas

Again, this seems like one that will appeal to kids but to an adult, it will seem oversimplified and not very funny. I don’t know. It was okay. Possibly as an introduction to sci-fi?

Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami

Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami

Red Cedar fiction nominee (2017/2018) Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami is completely and utterly charming. It is a sweet, gentle, clear-eyed story about a girl who loves books, and what happens when she rouses her community to activism on behalf of Book Uncle, an elderly man who runs a free lending library. Here’s the […]

Notes from the Wild – Popular Series as Picked by Actual Kids

Notes from the Wild – Popular Series as Picked by Actual Kids

As a librarian, I often have parents and caregivers asking for book recommendations for their children. While I’m more than happy to help connect kids with books, let’s be honest, it’s been a looooong time since I was a kid. A long, long time. I can tell parents which books have won awards, or have […]

The Haunted Library series #1-3 by Dori Hillestad Butler, Aurore Damant (Illustrations)

Published by Grosset and Dunlap Source: Random House Books The Haunted Library by Dori Hillestad Butler and Aurore Damant (illustrations) is a series of chapter books about Kaz who is a ghost and Claire who is a girl who can see ghosts without them doing anything to be seen. (In this universe, ghosts can be seen […]