Sweet Penny and the Lion* Book Review

Book: Sweet Penny and the Lion Author:  Richardf Fairgray Illustrator:  Alexander Burke Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Sky Pony Press (March 6, 2018) Language: English ISBN: 9781510734845 Genre:  Juvenile fiction Ages: 3-6; grades preschool-1 Price: $16.99 Purchase: Online Brief Summary: Nice, quiet, good, polite, obedient bullied Sweet Penny changes to a tougher one when she enters a lion’s dark belly.  CRACK!  KICK!  PUNCH!  Sometimes being brave and bold is as important as following rules. This Critic’s Review: What is the perfect child?  Our everyday world puts so much stress on kids.  Kids need time to find themselves and be themselves.  Too […]

All the Woman in My Family Sing * Book Review

All the Women in My Family Sing Editor: Deborah Santana Paperback: 365 pages Publisher: Nothing But the Truth Publishing (January 30, 2018) Language: English ISBN: 9780997296211 Genre: Nonfiction essays Ages: Adult Price: $16.95 Purchase: Online or at local retailers Brief Summary: Consider Women Write the World–Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom as the alternate title All the Women in My Family Sing. Its 69 authors, all women of color, share their perspectives of 21st Century life. Their prose and poetry reflects their own personal struggles, traditions, and life views. Explore with them cultural identity, gender, and sexuality; immigration, migration, and […]

The Throne of Caesar by Steven Saylor * Book Review

The Throne of Caesar, A Novel of Ancient Rome Author: Steven Saylor Hardcover: 392 pages Publisher: Minotaur Books (February 20, 2018) Language: English ISBN: 9781250087133 Genre: Fiction Ages: Adult Price: $27.99 Purchase: Online or at local retailers Book Jacket Introduction: It’s Rome, 44 B.C., and the Ides of March approach. Julius Caesar, appointed dictator for life by the Roman Senate, has pardoned his remaining enemies and rewarded his friends. Now Caesar is preparing to leave Rome with his legions to wage a war of conquest against the Parthian Empire. But he has a few more things to do before he […]

Star Wars Forces of Destiny, Tales of Hope and Courage as Told by Maz Kanata * Book Review

Book: Star Wars Forces of Destiny, Tales of Hope and Courage as Told by Maz Kanata Author:  Elizabeth Schaefer Illustrator:  Adam Devaney Hardcover:  96 pages Publisher: Fun Studio International (October 22, 2017) Language: English ISBN: 9780794440367 Genre:  Juvenile fiction Ages: 8-10; grades 3-5 Price: $11.99 Purchase: Online Brief Summary: Label Star Wars Forces of Destiny, Tales of Hope and Courage as “The choices we make, the actions we take, the moments–both big and small–shape us into forces of destiny.” Like a chapter book, each short story reflects part of the Star Wars Galaxy. Its six short stories about female heroes Rebel […]

Book Review: The Cozies The Legend of Operation Moonlight by T. L. Fischer

Book: The Cozies, The Legend of Operation Moonlight Author:  T. L. Fischer Illustrator: Kory Fluckiger Paperback: 283 pages Publisher: Book Baby (October 22. 2017) Language: English ISBN: 9781947682016 Genre:  Juvenile fiction Price: $10.99 Purchase: Online Brief Summary: Six figments , invisible and unseen to all except a baby, helped by Great-Grandfather and the Flying Fayesband, band together to save kidnapped Bingo. Ride along with them on Dinmont then the flying ship the Dismount. Their journey from innocent country abode to evil of the city is pure imagination. This Critic’s Review: Canadian T. L. Fischer blends Barrie, Travers, and Dodgson into […]

Napping Princess, a Film by Kenji Kamiyama * Blu-Ray + DVD Review

The product featured was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way. Napping Princess DVD Release Date: January 30, 2018 Run Time: 111 minutes Genre: Anime Age: 12-18 Number of Discs: 1 Studio: Shout Factory Rating: NR ASIN: BO765MNMBZ SMRP: $26.99 Available: Online and at local retailer Official Synopsis: Napping Princess is an action-packed sci-fi fantasy that shows that following your dreams is sometimes the best way to discover […]

Love Beats Rhymes * DVD Review

The product featured was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way. Love Beats Rhymes DVD Release Date: January 2, 2018 Run Time: 106 minutes Genre: Musical drama Age: 12-18 Number of Discs: 1 Studio: Lionsgate Rating: R ASIN: BO7676K6RLX SMRP: $19.98 Available: Online and at local retailers Official Synopsis: When struggling rapper Coco (Azealia Banks) enrolls in a poetry class, she thinks her rhymes will impress her teacher, […]