La La La : A Story of Hope

by Kate DiCamillo illustrated by Jaime Kim reviewed by Kerry Neary A  most unusual book about the way music can move our lives, La La La: a Story of Hope, is written by  enigmatic international author Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Korean born Jaime Kim. This is a metaphorical story about a lonely little girl … Continue reading La La La : A Story of Hope

All of the Factors of Why I love Tractors

by Davina Bell illustrated by Jenny Lovlie reviewed by Melissa Salisbury All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors is another delightful rhyming book by Davina Bell that celebrates the wonderful, and sometimes frustrating, obsessions children can develop with their favourite subject or object. When Frankie McGee wants to borrow the same book on … Continue reading All of the Factors of Why I love Tractors

Who’s Afraid of the Quite Nice Wolf?

by Kitty Black Illustrated by Laura  Wood reviewed by Kerry Neary Let’s get whimsical. Whimsy is that typical feature of stories for the young that leaves readers feeling upbeat and chuckle-happy. It can begin with the cover. Take the title Who’s afraid of the quite nice wolf? The reader can sense immediately that this book … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of the Quite Nice Wolf?


by Jasmeen Ismail illustrated by Jenni Desmond reviewed by Kerry Neary It’s the illustration rather than the title that foretells the whimsy in Joy.  The cover picture is a spirited kitten chasing a ball of string across the page as it unravels across the page. Most of the story is told through the illustrations with … Continue reading Joy

Books That Drive Kids Crazy #5 The Book That Never Ends

by Beck & Matt Stanton reviewed by Kerry Neary The series is called Books that drive Kids Crazy. To that they can add adults.  This is #5, in a series that included such wonders as Did You Take the B from My  -Ook?, The Red Book and This is a Ball. The book is set … Continue reading Books That Drive Kids Crazy #5 The Book That Never Ends

Allergic Alpaca

written by Kiah Thomas illustrated by Connah Brecon reviewed by Kerry Neary For a reviewer it’s always a thrill to receive an alphabet book that is more than the usual letters, matching words and pictures and Allergic Alpaca, is such a book. Alpaca enjoys being at the front of the alphabet along with other A … Continue reading Allergic Alpaca


by Jess McGeachin reviewed by Kerry Neary Sometimes children’s stories take a leap of the imagination but children are so used to this from their let’s pretend games it doesn’t bother them. In Fly, Lucy finds a small bird that can’t fly. Being a fix-it sort, she thinks she can help. She gathers a few … Continue reading Fly