Animal Stories, Contests, Fairytales, Fantasy, Funny Books, Magic, picture books, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Uncategorized

Magical Contest Alert: Win a Custom Illustration of your Pet!

How much do you love that little guy? Now imagine YOUR pet with the fantastic beasts treatment! November is the month of fantastic beasts, and the good folks at Penguin Random House Canada are running a wonderful contest to celebrate all things magical.The prize? A signed copy of If I Had a Gryphon AND a… Continue reading Magical Contest Alert: Win a Custom Illustration of your Pet!

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, Early Chapter Books, Fairytales, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Readalouds, Uncategorized

Middle Grade Monday: Charmed Thirds

They say good things come in threes, the third time is the charm, etc, etc. Basically three is the luckiest, most magical of numbers. I hope this is the case for these three series, all near and dear to my heart, which happen to have third installments out this fall. These three series walk to… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Charmed Thirds

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Classics, Fairytales, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, Gothic, Magic, middle grade, Mystery, Uncategorized

Middle Grade Monday: Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

Sophie Quire lives with her father, a bookmender, in Bustleburgh. Her mother died mysteriously years before. Bustleburgh is becoming a dangerous place for Sophie and her father. All nonsense, particularly that found in books, is outlawed. So when a blindfolded boy and a cat with hooves show up with one of four magical books promising… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

Fairytales, friendship stories, Good Books for Boys, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Readalouds, Uncategorized

Middle Grade Monday: Wolf Wilder

Katherine Rundell restored my faith in middle grade whimsy with her much-lauded Rooftoppers, so I was very excited to check out this wintry tale of a girl who helps the pet wolves of Russian aristocracy adjust to a wild, wolfish life. Feo and her mother are wolf wilders, humans who take in pet wolves abandoned… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Wolf Wilder

Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Classics, Early Chapter Books, Fairytales, Fantasy, middle grade, Personal Faves

Middle Grade Monday: The Enchanted Egg

  I tend to recommend middle grade that falls in the 11-13 range, or "upper middle grade." It's a bit more  issue-driven and appropriate for kids with a certain emotional maturity. For a great discussion of what this age group encompasses, check out the re-cap of the Middle School is Hell panel  featuring Mariko Tamaki, Kate… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: The Enchanted Egg

Animal Stories, Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Fairytales, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, Graphic Novel, Magic, middle grade, Readalouds

Middle Grade Monday: Harriet the Invincible

If you don't already know Ursula Vernon, you will soon. This author-illustrator is on the verge of making it big. The creator of the very funny Dragonbreath series as well as a few equally hilarious middle grade novels, Vernon's new series Hamster Princess casts my new favourite rodent in a proposed series of fractured fairytales.… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Harriet the Invincible

Books for Everyone, Fairytales, Fantasy, friendship stories, Magic, middle grade, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Readalouds

Middle Grade Monday: Monstrous

This cover captured my heart long before its heroine Kymera did. But now that I've read her tale, Kymera's story is one that will stay with me for a long time. In an overall strong book the character of Kymera is perhaps the strongest element and I have no doubt that other readers will root,… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Monstrous

Canadian, Classics, Cross over, Fairytales, Ghost story, Gothic, middle grade, Mystery, Personal Faves, Spectacular Illustrations, YA

Feeling Halloweenish: 4 Spooky Books

It's my favourite time of year! Pumpkins, black cats everywhere, clever costumes, and amazing ghost stories. What's not to love about Halloween? Here is a round-up of some spooky, atmospheric and down-right terrifying books perfect for those of us who wait all year for October: The Swallow by Charis Cotter If you've read Summer Days,… Continue reading Feeling Halloweenish: 4 Spooky Books

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Fairytales, Funny Books, Personal Faves, picture book, poetry, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Storytime, Summer Reads, Uncategorized

What to Read This Summer- Picture Books

I have a soft spot for (and two entire bookshelves dedicated to) picture books. This summer reading list was probably the most fun to prepare. Whether you like mermaids, food, Jill Barber, cats, dinosaurs or meta-fiction, there is definitely a picture book out there for you and the wee ones in your life. Here are… Continue reading What to Read This Summer- Picture Books

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Of Ghosts, Mice & Manors: Goth Girl Review

There are ghost stories and there are mouse stories, but to my knowledge Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the first book to weave both together and boy is it a charmer! One of our favourite gems at the Flying Dragon Bookshop was the Ottoline series by UK National treasure, Chris Riddell. These deluxe little… Continue reading Of Ghosts, Mice & Manors: Goth Girl Review