Way Back Wednesday ~ Can I Tell You a Secret – Anna Kang

With summer vacation quickly approaching, I wanted to revisit this favorite.  This review was originally posted on August 19, 2016.

Can I Tell You a Secret is a precious book that features a little frog with a big secret – He is scared of the water and cannot swim!  This would be a problem for anyone to be sure, but it is a huge problem for a frog.  Ultimately, Monty the frog learns that conquering your fears is a lot easier when you have the help of a friend.  Can I Tell You a Secret is a darling book that would make a terrific read-aloud.

Can I Tell You a Secret? Book Cover Can I Tell You a Secret?
Anna Kang
Juvenile Fiction
May 31, 2016

I Love Jesus, But I Want to Die: Finding Hope in the Darkness of Depression – Sarah J. Robinson

This powerful book provides an encouraging guide for those that struggle with mental illness.  Robinson shares her personal story living with depression and her recovery from a Christian viewpoint.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

I Love Jesus, But I Want to Die Book Cover I Love Jesus, But I Want to Die
Sarah J. Robinson

Way Back Wednesday ~ Celebrate You – Sherri Duskey Rinkler

This review was originally posted on June 8, 2020.
Celebrate You would be a great graduation gift. It is filled with charming pictures that highlight the ups and downs experienced to reach a myriad of important milestones. This one is a winner!
Celebrate You! Book Cover Celebrate You!
Sherri Duskey Rinker
Juvenile Fiction
Balzer + Bray
March 5, 2019


The Giraffe Who Found Its Spots – Ardisan Books

The Giraffe Who Found Its Spots is a wonderful story that follows a young giraffe searching for a place to fit in and be accepted.  Ultimately, the giraffe learns that being yourself is always the best option.  This delightful tale is filled with a colorful, fun illustrations.  It would be a terrific read-aloud option.

The Giraffe Who Found Its Spots Book Cover The Giraffe Who Found Its Spots
Adisan Books
Juvenile Fiction
October 30, 2020

Way Back Wednesday ~ Mars Needs Moms! – Berkeley Breathed

This review was originally posted on January 18, 2010

Personally, I had no idea that the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Bloom County and Opus wrote children’s books.  This one was given to me for my first Mother’s Day.  It is a delightful celebration of the special love between parent and child.  A little boy who does not fully appreciate his mother is soon provided a lesson of the power of her love like no other when martian raiders with big nets come to capture some greatly needed mothers.

The text is well written and engaging for young readers as well as those with more life experience.  The illustrations truly are show stoppers.  You will find that you want to linger as long as possible to study each illustration.  The use of vibrant color is lovely and  humorous details both large and small will delight and have you finding things you didn’t see before again and again.

Mars Needs Moms! is a very special book and worthy of sharing with a Mom you know…

Mars Needs Moms!
Juvenile Fiction
Philomel Books

Go Get ‘Em Tiger – Sabrina Moyle

This book is a winner.  It focuses on the importance of grit, hard work, being kind, and having fun while dealing with the ups and downs of life.  Although a board book targeted to little ones, it includes wisdom for all ages.

Go Get 'Em, Tiger! (a Hello!Lucky Book) Book Cover Go Get 'Em, Tiger! (a Hello!Lucky Book)
Juvenile Fiction
Abrams Appleseed
March 10, 2020