Bookcase Bizarro: Children’s Book Reviews September, 2022

This month, we move to the country and make friends with an artist, walk the paths of a lost community, get a first job, fight a few wars, and become a secret rebel with a band of underground artists as well as a lunch lady. We also shine a spotlight on graphic novelist Jarrett J. Krosoczka, whose tween/YA memoir shines it's own light on family addiction.

Bookcase Bizarro: Children’s Book Reviews July, 2022

This month, we celebrate carnival and the birth of a new baby, run wild through the summer streets of Brooklyn, remember a beloved grandfather, are sorely tempted by a website that grants wishes, go down a very different kind of rabbit hole, watch art come to life, and fight the power with a band of magically-deprived 'troubled' girls. We also ask the question: what is solarpunk?

Bookcase Bizarro: Children’s Book Reviews June, 2022

This month, we mourn the loss of a favourite river and readjust after moving to the city, and learn how to add up life's ups and downs in new ways. We grow a walnut tree from a walnut gifted by an ailing grandfather, and go on a pilgrimage with a boy whose hunched back hides a beautiful secret. We oppose Senator McCarthy's witch hunts during the Red Scare in 1950s America. We learn that the news can be influenced by political expediency, reclaim a magical destiny for all women and fight behind a shield wall in 9th century Briton.

Bookcase Bizarro: Children’s Book Reviews May, 2022

A Children's Writer Reviews and Recommends a Monthly Selection of Children's Books Picture Books The Doug and Sheila Browne Books to Grow Into Selection Middle Grade Novel Middle Grade Graphic Novel Special Feature: Poetry Welcome to the May edition of Bookcase Bizarro!This month, we attend a midnight fair with an unexpected cast of characters, process … Continue reading Bookcase Bizarro: Children’s Book Reviews May, 2022

Bookcase Bizarro: Children’s Book Reviews April 2022

This month, our picture book panel tackles a colourful trio of books from Jim Averbeck, the Fan Brothers and Jillian Tamaki. We visit a family trapline with David A. Robertson, go up against an evil astrologer with Mahtab Narsimhan and experience life in a refugee camp with Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed.