Review: The Octopus Barber –by Joseph Kelly

octopus-barberThis is a delightful collection of poems on subjects ranging from teamwork (one of my favorites) and remembering the club password, to gadgets and the history of a stone. “A Kiss” is priceless, turning an old storyline on its head. More thoughtful entries, like “The Tinest Ant and the Giantest Bear,” give children something to ponder after they finish reading.

The illustrations by Supakit Chiangthong are a perfect match for the words, with unexpected angles and vivid colors. The Octopus Barber is a treat, and passes my acid test for poetry—the verses are easy to read aloud—with flying colors.

(I received a free copy of The Octopus Barber in return for an honest review.)

My Rating: 5 stars

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Review: Whip Eye –by Geoffrey Saign

whipeyeThe story of an unhappy girl befriended by an unusual parrot, this first installment in The Whip Eye Chronicles moves at breakneck speed. Samantha Green and her neighbor Jake try to keep their friend Charlie out of the clutches of the villainous Magnar. Sam is still grieving the loss of her mother a year ago.

Estranged from her father, Samanth gradually comes to trust Jake as their adventures first strain then strengthen their friendship. This for me was the most satisfying aspect of the story. I also liked the part played by the various animals. I did find the back story hard to follow at times, especially the differences between the Great Ones, Originals and Lessers. But all in all, this is a book I think preteens and teens alike would enjoy.

My Rating: 4 stars 

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