My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannet

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannet (published 1948) won the Newbery Honor upon publication. It is an adventure story about a child and geared for a child.

In this story, a child named Elmer Elevator (called “my father” throughout the book) befriends an alley cat, who tells him of a captured dragon forced to work  on Wild Island, near the Land of Tangerina. Continue Reading

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Sometimes a clever and intriguing story line makes a novel great. Sometimes, it is the interaction of a number of interesting characters. And other times, a novel is great because because of the carefully developed setting that gives life to the situations and characters. In One Came Home (January 2013, Knopf Books for Young Readers), Amy Timberlake manages to win in all three ways. Continue Reading

100 Hungry Monkeys by Masayuki Sebe


What is better than a fun story about hundreds of little animals (like 999 Tadpoles)? What is better than a Where’s Waldo search?

Try 100 Hungry Monkeys by Masayuki Sebe (Kids Can Press, 2014)!

In this story, 100 hungry monkeys need something to eat, so they start looking for it and they end up having an adventure. Each page has adorable illustrations of the monkeys with additional things to find in the illustration.

It’s a fun trip with the same crazy illustrations by the same illustrator as in Let’s Count to 100! and 100 Animals on Parade. This book is more difficult than those two, because in this book all the animals are monkeys. They are similar to each other, and yet each one is different.

Raisin liked reading this book. He said it was difficult to find things on each page. Strawberry was a bit too young to truly enjoy it, but even she liked the monkeys.

Note: I received a digital review copy of this book for review consideration.