Pug Pals: Yay for Vacay! by Flora Ahn (Review)

Pug Pals: Yay for Vacay! By Ahn, Flora Children’s Mystery/Picture Story Book Scholastic Press Hardcover (No Dust Jacket) $9.99 (USD) January 2019 If you’re too shallow to appreciate Pugs, stop reading right now. That said, Flora Ahn has done it again.  Yes, another classic.  Her first Pug-themed children’s book, Pug Pals: Two’s a Crowd (2018), introduced us to Sunny and Rosy, two dogs with human traits who bonded under conditions that didn’t look too promising at first. The second book in the series, Pug Pals: Yay for Vacay! is an equally uplifting continuation of the odd relationship between two dear friends … Continue reading Pug Pals: Yay for Vacay! by Flora Ahn (Review)

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (Review)

Ghosts By Telgemeier, Raina Graphic Novel, Paperback $10.99 Publisher: Scholastic Graphix ©2016 Imagine a ghost story which is a celebration of life. Maybe you’ve read some of those, and maybe not. Ghosts is the story of Catrina, a.k.a. Cat, and her younger sister, Maya.  Maya has a chronic health condition which demands daily attention and shortens her life expectancy, and Cat tries to look out for her sister while attempting to have a full life herself. I don’t want to give away too much in this story, so I’ll stick to vague info. Cat and Maya move to a town where … Continue reading Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (Review)

Guts by Raina Telgemeier (Review)

Guts By Telgemeier, Raina Graphic Novel, Paperback $12.99 Publisher: Scholastic Graphix © 2019 I wish this book had been around when I was turning thirteen, and suffered with a debilitating “nervous” stomach that knocked about a year and a half from my life. Guts is an autobiographical graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier, whose work can offer comfort to children and teenagers — particularly girls — who mistakenly believe their lives are over when stress becomes overwhelming. Raina is a ten year old child who must always focus on the question, “How will my stomach react to (fill in the blank)?”  She … Continue reading Guts by Raina Telgemeier (Review)

Two’s a Crowd (Book #1 in Pug Pals Series) Review

Two’s a Crowd Written and illustrated by Flora Ahn Scholastic Press $9.99 (USD) Hardcover (No Dust Jacket) © 2018 Pugs are wonderful dogs.  However, most have attitudes.  They’re stubborn, and when they don’t get what they want they sulk. Flora Ahn knows this.  If my dear Puggie acquaintances were able to cross their arms, they would resemble one of the drawings inside the front cover of this book. Two’s a Crowd is the first and so far only book in this new series, and I plan on reading all of them eventually. Care should be used to avoid giving away too … Continue reading Two’s a Crowd (Book #1 in Pug Pals Series) Review

Subtle Children’s Fiction

I developed an aversion to reading when I was a child.  The reasons were complicated, and I’ve spent most of my life overcoming it. For years, it was necessary to chew gum while reading because otherwise I’d vent the stress by chewing on the inside of my mouth. To this day, remembering what I’ve read is hit or miss, but just being able to appreciate books is something to be proud of.  It wasn’t easy to get this far. Sadly, I didn’t read Arnold Lobel’s Frog And Toad stories when they were new.  The first was published when I was about ten, … Continue reading Subtle Children’s Fiction