Review: Cicada by Shaun Tan

I have mixed feelings about Cicada. It’s beautifully illustrated, I feel like it has an important message about human existence, and yet it’s pretty depressing for a children’s book. Cicada starts with an insect working at a human job but being treated as sub-human. He can’t afford a home, so he lives in the company […]

Review: Red by Jed Alexander

I realized it’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a children’s book. We’re in that fun phase where Middle Brother wants the same books over and over, so it’s been a while since I’ve read a new one. Red actually isn’t new. We’ve had it four a year or more. We enjoyed it for a […]

Review: Cursed by Thomas Wheeler

Thing I’m not proud of as a parent: We listened to Cursed as a bedtime story for my toddler. Hear me out. I was listening to it at 1.5 times, so it was too fast for him to catch most of it, and he doesn’t know a lot of these words yet, anyway. But the […]

Review: Where’s Buddha by Marisa Aragon Ware

You guys, I’m a bookseller, and that means I’m picking up books all the time: new books I happen to check in at my store, used books I see on the shelf, ARCs and finished copies at conferences. I’m also a book tourist, so I stop by independent bookstores whenever I travel and buy at […]

Review: Nancy’s Genius Plan by Olivia Jaimes

It’s possible that not all parents will appreciate Nancy’s Genius Plan. It probably depends largely on your child. Nancy’s plan is to sneak past everyone and eat her aunt’s cornbread. If you have a child predisposed to sneaking, this book may not be for you. However, it’s an incredibly cute interactive board book. You have […]

Review: My First Yoga ABC by Teresa Anne Power

You haven’t really gotten to know me as a mom yet, so you may not know that I’m a scrunchy one. I’m all for natural childbirth if you can do it. I didn’t have time to choose for my last two, but big brother had to be induced and there was definitely an epidural. I […]

Review: The Babysitter from Another Planet by Stephen Savage

Middle brother has been weird about storytime, lately. He says he wants to do stories, he spends a great deal of time picking out the book he wants, and then after the first page, he announces “The end,” and forcibly closes the book on me. He’s an active toddler, so this isn’t totally unexpected. I […]