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Review: Bake Sale

July 14, 2011


Bake Sale By Sara Varon First Second August 2011 160 pages Cupcake owns the Sweet Tooth Bakery and plays drums in a band with his best friend, Eggplant and some other delicious creatures. Eggplant plays the trombone. Life is swell until Cupcake finds out about Eggplant’s upcoming trip to Turkey to meet the great chef, […]

Review: jesus freakz + buddha punx

May 12, 2011


jesus freakz + buddha punx By M.E. Purfield Trash Books/Smashwords April 2011 Kindle edition: 201 KB Patty Gee’s Pentecostal faith gave her strength and happiness after her mother’s death. Her faith also pleases her father, a deeply troubled zealot. It’s easy to see why she clings to God. Her faith also makes her the target […]

Review: Blackbird Flies

April 26, 2011


Blackbird Flies By Chynna Laird Astraea Press April 2011 98 pages Kindle edition: 136 KB Payton McGregor is a sullen and rebellious 15-year old on a train bound for Edmonton. No one understands that all he wants to do is play his music. Instead his grandparents have sent him away to live with Liam, the […]

Review: The Familiars

October 26, 2010


The Familiars By Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson Illustrated by Bobby Chiu HarperCollins September 2010 368 pages The Familiars is the first book in a new series and soon-to-be a major motion picture. Authors Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson are former screenwriters. In keeping with that theme, The Familiars is Harry Potter meets […]

Review: Diary of a Wimpy Vampire

May 21, 2010


Diary of a Wimpy Vampire: Because the Undead Have Feelings Too By Tim Collins Michael O’Mara Books, Ltd May 2010 224 pages If the title sounds familiar it’s because this hilarious new graphic novel is Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Twilight. As vampires go, Nigel Mullet is so pathetic even the squirrels in the […]

Review: Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder

January 11, 2010


Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder By Jo Nesbo Illustrated by Mike Lowery Aladdin December 2009 272 pages The word fart in the title and a Norwegian author – what’s not to love? And there is so much to love about this book. When tiny, 10-year old Nilly moves into the neighborhood wild antics erupt. He meets […]

Review: Kung Fu Kitty

November 16, 2009


Kung Fu Kitty By Lauri Bortz Illustrated by Marianne Nowottny Abaton Book Company  September 2009 112 pages In the Monkey Kingdom, all cats live as slaves of the monkeys. Wu Zhua was born with five claws into a family of six-clawed cats. The Monkey King denounces her and demands she be drowned. Her mother, Ma […]