Book Reviews, Children's, Non-fiction

Joyful Inspirations (review)

Joyful Inspirations Coloring Book: With Illustrated Scripture and Quotes to Cheer Your Soul by Robin Mead My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Joyful Inspirations Coloring Book contains 90 square (8.75 x 8.75-inch) page spreads to color. The book's heavy white paper is printed on both sides. Many of the pages contain inspirational quotes—most from… Continue reading Joyful Inspirations (review)

Book Reviews, Children's, Christian fiction, Fiction

Sorry—I’m Not Sorry (review)

Sorry I'm Not Sorry: An Honest Look at Bullying from the Bully by Nancy Rue My rating: 5 of 5 stars When twelve-year-old Kylie, the leader of a posse of bullies, is summoned to the principal’s office of Gold Country Middle School one morning in June (along with her parents, her friends, and their parents),… Continue reading Sorry—I’m Not Sorry (review)

Book Reviews, Children's, Non-fiction

Adam’s Animals (review)

Adam's Animals - fun facts about God's Creation by Kimberley Payne My rating: 5 of 5 stars Kimberley Payne has packed a lot into her 90-page children’s activity book Adam’s Animals. The book begins with a simple explanation—this is a book about animals we’ll find in the Bible—and an invitation to get acquainted with them,… Continue reading Adam’s Animals (review)

Book Reviews, Children's

A Plague of Unicorns (review)

A Plague of Unicorns by Jane Yolen My rating: 4 of 5 stars When Cranford Abbey’s orchard of golden Hosannah apples are ravished annually by a herd of hungry unicorns, Abbot Aelian begins a search for a hero to best the beasts. Sadly that leads to nothing but an empty Abbey larder as hero after… Continue reading A Plague of Unicorns (review)

Book Reviews, Children's, Christian fiction

Life Behind the Wall (review)

Life Behind the Wall: Candy Bombers, Beetle Bunker, and Smuggler's Treasure by Robert Elmer My rating: 5 of 5 stars Life Behind the Wall is a collection of three novella-length stories for the YA crowd. Each is set in part of Berlin in a different time period between 1948 and 1989. Book One, Candy Bomber,… Continue reading Life Behind the Wall (review)

Children's, Non-fiction, Personal, Writing for kids

A Child’s Christmas in Saskatchewan

It's Christmas Eve, the time our thoughts turn to all things holy—and presents! How crass. But how real, especially if you're a kid. A few weeks ago when I was cleaning out some papers, I came across a picture book I wrote and illustrated way back when. It was one of my course requirements at… Continue reading A Child’s Christmas in Saskatchewan

Book Reviews, Children's

The 3 Js (review)

The 3 Js by Beverly Boissery My rating: 5 of 5 stars Thirteen-year-old Jenn North is dreading Grade nine because it’s such an in-between and boring year. But even before school begins things start to liven up—though not in entirely good ways. Her dad’s law practice takes him to Toronto, he and mom aren’t getting… Continue reading The 3 Js (review)

Book Reviews, Children's, Fiction

Mrs. B. Has Cancer (review)

Tristan has ADHD and goes to Mrs. B.’s for help with his schoolwork. They’re right at the start of Mrs. B.’s goldfish naming contest when Mrs. B. makes a sad announcement. She will have to stop tutoring for a while because she has cancer. “Cancer” is a frightening word for Tristan. He doesn’t know much… Continue reading Mrs. B. Has Cancer (review)

Book Reviews, Children's, Non-fiction

Trees of the Book by Kimberley Payne, Illustrated by Esther Haug (review)

About the book Trees of the Book is a colorful storybook / workbook designed to introduce seven- to nine-year-olds to trees of the Bible and more. Folksy title and heading font, as well as Esther Haug’s pencil crayon, water color wash illustrations give the book a look that says, “Welcome kids, this is for you.”… Continue reading Trees of the Book by Kimberley Payne, Illustrated by Esther Haug (review)