Elspeth Lorraine

Book Reviews

“Lizzy and the Cloud” By Terry Fan and Eric Fan

Lizzy and the Cloud is the first Fan Brothers book I ‘ve read even though these authors/brothers are uber popular. When I'm choosing books to review I like to go by my mood, the cover, and how the book feels in my hands. Lizzy and the Cloud has weight. The first read through is simple. In an alternate world of muted misty blue, lemony yellow, soft gray and a hint of grass green tones, lives Lizzy. One day at the park she buys a cloud from the cloud vendor...

September 23, 2022

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“Dress-Up Day” By Blanca Gómez

Everyone should know I love a dress up moment, so Blanca Gómez's Dress-Up Day was always going to be my jam. A little girl is excited to wear her new bunny costume for Dress-Up Day at school, until she has to stay at home sick! Her mom encourages her to wear the costume the next day and she hops to school proudly, only to feel like maybe it wasn't such a good idea...

September 16, 2022

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"All Cats Welcome" By Susin Nielsen and Illustrated by Vivian Mineker

For my first Book Review back I’m pleased to bring you, “All Cats Welcome” by Susin Nielsen and illustrated by Vivian Mineker. Leonard the cat is lonely...

September 9, 2022

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"Nigel and the Moon" By Antwan Eady and llustrated by Gracey Zhang

Nigel is a boy with big dreams. Huge dreams. Maybe too many dreams? Nigel tells the moon his dreams at night and the moon keeps them safe. "Among the stars, he twirls, quietly soaring in the still of the night... Now the moon isn't the brightest body in the sky. Nigel is." During career week at school...

July 23, 2022

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"Oona and the Shark" by Kelly Dipucchio and Illustrated by Raissa Figueroa

I thought it would be best to kick off summer with a lush and magical ocean book and as usual, I am right. "Oona and the Shark" is the second Oona book about a charming inventor mermaid with a huge afro...

July 23, 2022

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"A Perfect Fit" by Mara Rockliff and Illustrations by Juana Martinez-Neal

Lithuania-born Jewish emigrant Lena comes to America with the words of her grandfather "If she could help another person, that would be real success" as her guiding principle in the new country. After refusing an arranged marriage she finds work in a sewing sweatshop with her sister and discovers her love of fine fabrics, fashion and shiny things...

July 23, 2022

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"Out On A Limb" by Jordan Morris and Illustrated by Charlie Mylie

A little girl named Lulu breaks her tibia and fibula and receives a yellow cast. At first, she has fun managing daily life with her new cast. Kids at school ask questions and she gets to recount the story over and over. But once the attention wears off, Lulu becomes despondent as her cast itches and even a visit from her Grandpa can't cheer her....

July 23, 2022

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"The Library Fish" By Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Illustrated by Gladys Jose

When a fishbowl is placed on the front steps of the library with feeding and care instructions, Mr. Hughes the librarian welcomes the fish inside to become The Library Fish. This spunky fish helps check out books to patrons and travels in the bookmobile...

July 23, 2022

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Welcome to my first update! Here you will find publishing news about my process and work, my Doodles which I do when I'm supposed to be writing, and industry news/reviews of books I think you (yes I mean everyone regardless of your age) should read...

July 23, 2022

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