Getting to be part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day is not only an honor for me, it’s a great way to find new books to bring to you.
And you know that’s my favorite thing ever.
So when I was offered the chance to get at PJ LaRue’s Mystic Princesses books, I dove right in.
There’s a pun there. You’ll get it later.
You know I love me an Indie author. Almost as much as I love a good Dystopian trilogy. With The Never Dawn Series, I got both.
And I fell completely in love.
Author R.E. Palmer, who is from my favorite place, England (okay, so the U.S. is my really favorite place, but England is my dream trip), has turned out a non-stop, page-turning, drooling-on-yourself-and-wishing-your-eyes-weren’t-so-gritty-from-lack-of-sleep powerhouse that he should be getting paid Suzanne Collins’ advances for.
I totally mean that.
“The sudden perking sound of a tractor starting woke Jenny. The first thing she saw was an airy curtain lifting lightly on an August morning breeze.”
So begins one of the most lyrical, gentle middle grade books I’ve ever read.
My favorite thing in the whole world (as you probably know) is sinking in to a truly good story and living there for a while. And I must say, I got that and more with Jenny Wren by Dawn L. Watkins from JourneyForth Publishing.
Oh my. This book, y’all.
I’ve mentioned before what a huge Cinderella story freak I am, but have I made it clear that I’m also a huge Alice fan?
I mean, I feel like you should know that, what with all my Jabberwocky mentions, the salivating over doing the Dinner and a Movie for Alice: Through the Looking Glass and all the tea parties I insist you throw.
Maybe you’ve not been paying attention, though. So let me just tell you, I heart all things Wonderland.
And Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David D. Hammons is no exception, my friends. In fact, it’s topping my list of Alice re-writes right now.