Children - MidChild

The Puppets of Spelhorst by Kate DiCamillo - Book Review

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The Puppets of Spelhorst (The Norendy Tales) By Kate DiCamillo, Julie Morstad (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536216752
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Published: Candlewick - October 10th, 2023

One of the most beautifully written books I've ever read, this breathtaking folk tale of lost love and the hopes and dreams of five extraordinarily endearing puppets (a king, a wolf, a girl, a boy, and an owl) brought me to tears when I read it to my daughter at bedtime. Filled with incredible Gorey-esque drawings by Julie Morstad, this story deserves to be read and cherished by readers of any age. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


The Clackity (Blight Harbor) by Lora Senf - Book Review

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$8.99
ISBN: 9781665902687
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 18th, 2023

Searching for her missing aunt in an abandoned slaughterhouse, Evie meets a dark and frightening creature with a sewn up eye and a too-wide grin called The Clackity. In order to save her aunt, she makes a deal with the monster to visit seven haunted houses in a row and bring him the ghost of a serial killer, the Cow and Piggy Man. An addictive, beautifully illustrated adventure that feels like a modern Alice in Wonderland mixed with Miyazaki's Spirited Away. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe - Book Review

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780316493895
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 6th, 2021

My daughter is ridiculously in love with this series. She tore through them and is rabidly awaiting the next Julie Abe book. In her words: "I loved it because it is about a witch who has to fight a magic storm that will destroy the town she has come to love. I am obsessed!" A must-read for witch enthusiasts and especially for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


Deephaven by Ethan M. Aldridge - Book Review

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780063283169
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 5th, 2023

This book breathes new life into the coming of age academic adventure genre, enhanced so much more by its dazzling, evocative illustrations. Nev is a wonderful protagonist, determined and clever, and their new friend Danny is full of warmth and heart, both characters just as eager as the reader to discover what lies lurking in the halls of Deephaven and all its mystery, magic, and intrigue. This is a timeless yet unequivocally modern classic in the making, and I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for Nev's next adventure. ~ Reviewed by Bethany Marsfelder


When You Trap a Tiger: (Newbery Medal Winner) by Tae Keller - Book Review

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$8.99
ISBN: 9781524715731
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Published: Yearling - January 3rd, 2023

My 8 year-old daughter tore through this book, completely transfixed the entire time. In her words: "It's about a Korean girl and her grandmother who can see a magical tiger. It is a very good book. It might be long but I think it is a VERY good book. It's magically exciting." ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


Skunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger 1) by Amy Timberlake - Book Review

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Skunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger 1) By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781643750057
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

A beautifully illustrated goofy chapter book about an uptight rock scientist, Badger, who's entire peaceful life is upended by a new roommate, Skunk, and a ridiculous amount of chickens.
I had such a nice time reading this to my daughter for bedtime, well-written and funny in that hard-to-find way that entertains both the reader and the listener. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


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