Monsters are Afraid of Babies [Nicholas Tana]

I laughed when I first came across Monsters are Afraid of Babies by Nicholas Tana, illustrated by Jessica Abbott and Elise Leutwyler. And then I thought about how perfect it would have been for my boyfriend's nephew when he was getting a little sister. This is such a clever way of introducing the idea of a younger sibling to…

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Casper Tock and the Everdark Wings [Abi Elphinstone]

"...if you feel like a celebratory sob, tissues are in hatch four." Casper Tock and the Everdark Wings by Abi Elphinstone of The Unmapped Chronicles is the fantasy I wish I'd had when I was a child. Known as Rumblestar in the United Kingdom, Elphinstone's brilliantly woven tale about a shy young boy hiding from bullies who…

Epic Air Fryer Cookbook [Emily Paster]

I'm not typically a cookbook kind of person. I don't buy them, I rarely peruse them and yet a few weeks ago I went ahead and requested the Epic Air Fryer Cookbook by Emily Paster. And honestly, my reasoning for this was solely because my boyfriend had just bought an air fryer for our apartment. It…

The Little Android [Marissa Meyer]

There's something truly magical about Marissa Meyer's retellings. In so many ways I've fallen in love with every tiny piece of writing that pertains to the world of The Lunar Chronicles. As an avid fan of the story of The Little Mermaid, Meyer's The Little Android is unquestionably a story I've fallen in love with each and every time I…

Railway Jack [KT Johnston]

Railway Jack by KT Johnston and illustrated by César Samaniego is such an amazingly inspirational story about a disabled man and the service animal, a monkey called Jack, who changes his life. After losing both of his legs in an accident, Jim struggled to keep up with the daily requirements of his job. He soon…

Tales from Behind the Window [Edanur Kuntman]

In many ways, Tales from Behind the Window by Edanur Kuntman is an extremely difficult read. A graphic novel that follows the story of the author's grandmother, an Anatolian woman whose life was filled with many hardships as a result of the male dominance within her culture. The most egregious of which was the forced marriage at…

Of Curses and Kisses [Sandhya Menon]

Over the years, retellings have come to be one of my favorite types of novels. Of them all, Beauty and the Beast is one that I've always been rather eager to pick up. With its added diversity, there was no question that I'd be incredibly excited to pick up Sandhya Menon's Of Curses and Kisses. A modernized Beauty and…