This month, we get a cautionary lesson on efficiency and quiet quit, go jigging for halibut, try - and fail - to outrun ourselves, create a cardboard kingdom and freeze time in order to get one more day of summer, which turns into a nightmare. We've also got a couple of terrific YA recommendations for those of you who are into superhero re-tellings or dystopic horror.
Bookcase Bizarro: Children’s Book Reviews January, 2023
Children's book reviews by a children's writer. This month, we roll our eyes at clueless Dads, stand up to a bullying troll, face down racist microagressions, learn to listen to the horses, and travel back in time through a forbidden apartment.
Bookcase Bizarro: Best Books Roundup December, 2022
A yearly round up of recommended children's picture books and middle grade fiction for 2022.
Bookcase Bizarro: Children’s Book Reviews November 2022
This month, we compare ourselves to excavators, tin cans and mushrooms, attempt to take over the world, await the birth of a new Ojibwe horse, confront scheduling challenges with Spider-man, fight ghosts with a ghost-zapping light, learn the difference between being in a street gang and becoming a baker's apprentice, and revisit an historical pandemic.
Bookcase Bizarro: Children’s Book Reviews October 2022
This month, we plant a city garden in 1950s Brooklyn, NY, during The Great Migration, search for an aurora on a cold winter's night and hide from the scary things that drift down from the ceiling when the lights go out. We re-discover the meaning of family and connection through the eyes of a girl who is possibly somewhere on the autism/Asperger's spectrum, and the various people she touches with her very practical generosity. We fight racism with Superman and experience a whole different kind of heroics rowing alongside a working class athlete during the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. True to our ever-evolving format, Bookcase Bizarro is pleased to announce a new feature: Tween and Teen Non-Fiction, with a focus on narrative non-fiction for older readers.