Where’s My Joey? by Wendy Monica Winter

Where's My Joey?

Where’s My Joey? by Wendy Monica Winter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful illustrations go with a beautiful story.

As the mother kangaroo is looking for her joey, it kind of reminded me of myself looking for my keys that are in my hand or for my cell phone while I’m talking on it. A child wouldn’t understand that, but the person reading to the child would.

This is a cute bedtime story that would be enjoyed by the reader and the child.

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Escargot by Dashka Slater

Escargot

Escargot by Dashka Slater
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn’t thrilled about the story and plot of this story, but the illustrations are wonderful.

I kept thinking that the snail, since he was at a picnic, would end up being part of the meal instead of eating it. It caused a little stress for me, especially since part of the illustration including the snail slime across the table. Ew.

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Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

Dear Committee Members

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up for a bookclub that I don’t know if I will attend anymore, but I thought I should read it in case I change my mind.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, since the bookclub tends to choose snooty books, which is why I’m thinking of dropping out. I was pleasantly surprised by the humor in the book, even though the topic, letters of recommendation for college students, could be rather dry.

I did enjoy the book, especially how the narrators story progressed and how we got the back story through the letters. It is definitely worth reading.

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Stink: Hamlet and Cheese by Megan McDonald

Stink: Hamlet and Cheese

Stink: Hamlet and Cheese by Megan McDonald
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this up because it came up on a library search for another book and it looked fun. It was a cute book, but I think that a lot of the Shakespeare references would be lost on a younger reader, and the readers who understand the references aren’t the target audience here.

It was a quick read, so I don’t feel like I wasted my time reading it, but it was just OK.

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Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

Heart Berries

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this up for required reading for school. I had attempted to read it when it was part of On City One Book when it first was published, but I got sidetracked and never got to it.

I had a hard time following the story and who the main character was writing to. Even once I figured it out, I still wasn’t thrilled with the book. It read more like fiction than a memoir to me.

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Do Not Wish For A Pet Ostrich! by Sarina Siebenaler

Do Not Wish For A Pet Ostrich!

Do Not Wish For A Pet Ostrich! by Sarina Siebenaler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a cute book about doing your research before choosing your perfect pet. It seems that an ostrich isn’t quite perfect for anyone who doesn’t live in large open spaces and doesn’t know how to feed one.

The illustrations are wonderful and the story is cute. It would make a perfect bedtime story.

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The List by Jade Chang

The List

The List by Jade Chang
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When I picked this up, I was expecting a romance story. Instead it was a how to do book. My issue with it was that it was presented as Wiccan magic for most of it. I’m not sure that the magic in the book was from the origin of the idea of the list or if it was just the power of positive thinking. Either way, I was not a fan.

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