Top 10 of 2018: #6




The Bookshop Girl

by Sylvia Bishop

Property Jones was found in a cupboard at the Whitehart Bookshop.  Netty and Michael were fine with this.  When no one came to claim Property, Netty and Michael adopted her.  Everything is great except for the fact that the bookshop is losing money.  When a contest appears in the paper offering a chance to win the largest bookstore in England, it seems like all their dreams are coming true.  Unfortunately, their problems are just beginning and Property Jones has a secret that is in danger of being revealed.  This book has a bit of everything: quirky characters, tons of action, odd buildings, lots of mystery, suspense, forgeries and even danger!  This fun book is a great younger grade chapter book.  Black and white drawings are scattered throughout.


I’m Sad

by Michael Ian Black

A child, a sad flamingo and a potato are friends. Wondering why sad is a thing, the child and potato try to cheer flamingo up. It doesn’t work, but then a wise crack creates laughter and flamingo feels a bit better. Nice story letting children know that it is okay to be sad.



Prickly Hedgehogs!

by Jane McGuinness

Adorable illustrations of Hedgehog and her babies )did you know baby hedgehogs are called hoglets? I didn’t!) as they hunt for food and prepare for winter.  There’s plenty of information in easy, kid-friendly asides and it also contains a short index, more information about wild hedgehogs, and books and websites to find further information.  A lot of information about a super-cute animal packed into an equally charming picture book.


I Love You More Than…

by Taye Diggs

A sweet affirming story for kids and parents who don’t live together full-time.  The tone is just right – not too sad or cheesy – and I really liked Diggs’ style of writing.  Just a gorgeous way to remind kids that love crosses any distance.  I grew up living far away from my dad although we were very close, and I would have loved to read a book like this as a kid.


Mother Ghost: Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters

by Rachel Kolar

Judging a book by a cover sometimes does pay off.  Roland Garrigue’s cover illustration of a kindly-looking witch riding a bat pulled me right in with it’s charmingly dark, but not scary vibe.   The text and illustrations inside definitely did not disappoint.  Kolar’s rhymes, fractured versions of traditional Mother Goose rhymes, are perfect to share with prek through school-aged kiddos around Halloween (but could be enjoyed any time of year for those interested in ghosts, goblins, and a good laugh)!  Good for giggles in a group or one on one!