Reviews

Book Review: The Dinglebeast Needs to Sleep by Catherine Dawgert

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“The longest journey,” Swedish diplomat Dag Hammarskjöld once remarked, “is the journey inward.” In The Dinglebeast Needs to Sleep, brought to us by children’s author and illustrator Catherine Dawgert and independent publisher Woodland Way, we are invited to begin such a journey, accompanied, as sometimes such journeys require, by a furry and furious beast. The…

Book Review: Little Katie Goes to the Moon by Carmela Dutra

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There is a famous quote from Einstein that in science the “formulation of a problem is often more essential than the solution.” He says that “[t]o raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.” It seems fitting then that Little Katie…

Review: The Santa Switch by Laura Lee Scott

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Think North Pole. Think elves and toys. Think Jessica Claus. Author Laura Lee Scott and illustrator Cheryl Crouthamel introduce us to a refreshingly modern Mrs. C. in a delightful children’s book titled The Santa Switch. In it, we meet Jessica C., not only the ever supportive spouse of Santa but also manager of elves and…

Inkspokes Select Books Award Winners Announced

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We are honored to announce the first group of books being awarded the Inkspokes Select Books Award! The award recognizes well-written books published by indie authors and small presses that express originality, spunk and freshness – the types of books that make us excited about reading again. Some of these books were submitted in our…

Review: Dani and the Rocking Horse Ranch by K. Lamb

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Adventures in FriendshipSome books introduce you to new friends; some take a step further and teach you about friendship. K. Lamb’s Dani and the Rocking Horse Ranch, the third book in the chapter book series chronicling the adventures of kid detective Dani P. Spinelli (lovingly known by her fans as simply Dani P.), is one…

Review: Sweet T and the North Wind by Cat Michaels

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A Tale of Quiet WondermentNot all journeys require a car or even a walking stick. Readers understand that some of their most memorable journeys might have been taken while lying somewhat stationary on a sofa, reading. Other journeys might be possible, as Cat Michaels tells us in her sweet tale Sweet T and the North…

Review: Animania by Corrina Holyoake

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A is for AntosaurusTo little kids, the alphabet is a bit of magic, a mix of fairy dust and candy canes. We forget the great moment of exhilaration when as a young reader we first recognize a letter. Any letter. It’s that sense of magic and exhilaration, that moment of first discovery, that author and…

Review: Dani and the Mall Caper by K. Lamb

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A Gem within the Rich Tradition of Kids’ Detective BooksK. Lamb’s children’s book Dani and the Mall Caper is at once an adventure, detective mystery and a story of friendship. In this second book of the Dani P. Mystery Series, K. Lamb continues with the adventures of almost-eight-year-old detective Dani P. Spinelli and her partner…

Peep’s Spring Surprise and the Making of a EBook App: An Interview with Jamie Stevens

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Author-Illustrator Jamie Stevens takes us behind the scenes on the making of her children’s eBook app and her experience with eBook building platform InteractBuilder. Jamie Stevens, an illustrator and graphic designer, is the author-illustrator of a delightful eBook app for pre-schoolers titled Peep’s Spring Surprise. A beautifully crafted book (available for the iPad via the…

Review: Hurricane Lane by Michelle Vinall

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Written by Michelle Vinall, Hurricane Lane tells the story of a little girl who discovers wonders in the everyday things that surround her – a splash of light, a musical melody. The book, initially independently published by Vinall in print and digital in 2012, is being released this week as an interactive children’s ebook app…