American contemporary, Fairytales, Fantasy, friendship stories, Magic, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery

I Wanna Be a Fairytale Librarian: Grimm Legacy Review

The Brothers Grimm have always been big in children's literature, but they seem to be having a notable resurgence in middle grade right now, thanks to wildly popular series such as The Sisters Grimm, Adam Gidwitz's A Tale Dark and Grimm (and it's sequels), and The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman, the first of two… Continue reading I Wanna Be a Fairytale Librarian: Grimm Legacy Review

Cross over, Fairytales, Fantasy, Gothic, Magic, Urban Fantasy, YA

Angels and Demons in Prague: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Review

When this book originally hit the market, the internet was flooded with raves and fangirls who just couldn't get enough. I admit I steered clear because of the angels and monsters, neither of which I generally enjoy reading about. But after Lisa Doucet from Woozles in Halifax told me that it was one of her… Continue reading Angels and Demons in Prague: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Review

Classics, Cross over, Fairytales, Fantasy, Ghost story, Gothic, Historical Fiction, Magic, middle grade, Personal Faves, Readalouds

A Gothic Masterpiece: Splendors & Glooms review

Be prepared- this review contains spoilers and incessant gushing. A Drowned Maiden's Hair remains one of my favourite contemporary middle grade books and I could not wait to read Schlitz's next book Splendors and Glooms, which seemed perfectly Victorian and gothic and creepy. The wait was worthwhile, and this book has vaulted into my best… Continue reading A Gothic Masterpiece: Splendors & Glooms review

Books for Everyone, Bullying, Classics, Fairytales, Good Books for Boys, middle grade, Spectacular Illustrations

Gorgeous Heartbreak: A Monster Calls Review

A Monster Calls is a gorgeously rendered piece of literary art. A compact, powerful novel, the best way I can describe it is Skellig by David Almond meets J.K. Rowling's "The Tale of Three Brothers" from Tales of Beedle the Bard. This book is a love letter to Siobhan Dowd, a rising YA star who died young of… Continue reading Gorgeous Heartbreak: A Monster Calls Review

American contemporary, Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Fairytales, Fantasy, middle grade

Gorilla Prose: One and Only Ivan Review

What a way to start a new year of reading! This book will require very little convincing to get teachers, librarians and kids to pick it up. It is a rare book that can capture the heart/attention of all three equally. Then again, The One and Only Ivan is a rare book, period. Ivan, a… Continue reading Gorilla Prose: One and Only Ivan Review

Fairytales, Fantasy, middle grade

Snow Queen Revisited: Breadcrumbs Review

The Snow Queen is one of my favourite fairytales. It is the one I would love to rework, if reworking fairytales was one of my writerly strengths (it's not). It has everything a girl could want- evil queen, friendship, strong heroine, weird and wonderful kingdom, etc. Anne Ursu, the author of The Cronus Chronicles (aka Percy Jackson… Continue reading Snow Queen Revisited: Breadcrumbs Review

Canadian, Fairytales, picture book, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations

Double the Tails, Double the Fun:The Melancholic Mermaid

I am so excited to introduce you to this marvelous new picture book written by a dear and talented friend of mine. At it's heart, The Melancholic Mermaid is about two children who feel outcast due to physical abnormalities coming to terms with themselves through an unlikely and touching friendship. It is also funny, magical,… Continue reading Double the Tails, Double the Fun:The Melancholic Mermaid

Christmas Books, Fairytales, Personal Faves, Readalouds

The Twelve Books of Christmas: Matchless

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love read to me, this fractured fairytale! When most people think of The Little Match Girl, they think of a child starving to death outside alone while she looks in on other people's holiday feasts*. Not the most Christmas-y of stories, and definitely one of Hans Christian… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: Matchless

Canadian, Fairytales, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, YA

Toto, I Don’t Think We’re in Zorgamazoo Anymore: Dust City

With his debut novel Zorgamazoo, Robert Paul Weston  accomplished something rarely done in children's fiction: he broke all the rules and in doing so managed to create something truly unique, fresh, and enjoyable. Sometimes when an author tries to do something unique or avant-garde in children's fiction the result can feel a little like an academic experiment and less like… Continue reading Toto, I Don’t Think We’re in Zorgamazoo Anymore: Dust City