Man goes to great lengths to gain his love

Jane Fagan | 21 September 2015
Mr. Hopper is a shy, elderly man secretly in love.

Birds of a feather flock together

Jennifer Minicus | 04 September 2015
Mr. Brown is proud of his hat.

No pet is more loyal than a dog

Jennifer Minicus | 22 April 2015
Two picture books sure to please canine lovers.

Cat helps boy overcome dyslexia

Jennifer Minicus | 23 February 2015
Abby and Ben love the misfit animals in their grandfather's barn.

Educating character through fables

Jennifer Minicus | 17 February 2015
A collection of short virtue stories.

Groundhog predicts six more weeks of winter

Jennifer Minicus | 09 February 2015
A perfect book for winter reading.

Never trust a dictator

Jennifer Minicus | 15 January 2015
Not even a "benevolent" one.

Children’s travel log

Jennifer Minicus | 03 November 2014
The first in a series of geography based books

So-called “modern classic” promotes relativism

Jennifer Minicus | 31 October 2014
I will probably take some heat for this review.

Beloved author continues to enchant young readers

Jane Fagan | 30 October 2014
Imaginative characters never go out of style.

A small man with a big dream

Jennifer Minicus | 14 October 2014
Leroy wants to be a cowboy.

Crazy like a fox

Jane Fagan | 06 October 2014
A rollicking adventure

The amazing kookaburra

Jane Fagan | 22 September 2014
"For all the birds that I tried to save as a child."

Popular series has this reviewer yawning

Jennifer Minicus | 31 July 2014
For cat lovers only.

Like a dog and his bone

Jane Fagan | 11 July 2014
A dog whose words are worse than his bite.

Great book for reluctant readers

Jane Fagan | 20 June 2014
Boys especially will enjoy this beginner series.

Simplicity is hard to find

Jane Fagan | 02 May 2014
A simple bedtime book

It’s a dog’s life

Tim Golden | 18 April 2014
A curious mixture of fantasy and human reality.

Books make bedtime easier

Jennifer Minicus | 15 April 2014
Another of Jerry Pinkney's delightful picture books.

Happy as a pig in mud

Jane Fagan | 04 April 2014
Anyone who has owned a pig knows this amusing animal lends itself to a story or two.

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