The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

The Name of This Book Is Secret (Secret, #1)The Name of This Book Is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this narrator-heavy books! I found the first couple of chapters a little frustrating as they are SO exposition-heavy, but Bosch’s use of writing conventions as plot catalysts is so much fun! The mystery is mysterious and I am excited to not learn more about the secret.

Good read!

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Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon

Ralph Tells a StoryRalph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The sketchy, child-like illustrations are dynamic rendered in watercolor and colored pencil. Ralph has a hard time telling his story, until he realizes that a story is just something that happened! Complete with “Writing Tips from Ralph” and plenty of white space to let the vignettes breathe, this book is fun, well-written and worth your time.

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Open Very Carefully! by Nick Bromley

Open Very Carefully: A Book with BiteOpen Very Carefully: A Book with Bite by Nick Bromley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love metafiction. This book, rendered with mixed media, follows the footsteps of
A Book
,
We are in a Book!
,
The Three Pigs
, along with the interactive book:
Press Here
.

In Open Very Carefully, a crocodile interrupts the telling of “the Ugly Duckling” and proceeds to disrupt the story until he eats a hole through the end papers and disappears!

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Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford

Infinity and MeInfinity and Me by Kate Hosford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love the aesthetic of this book. It is a fantastic way to introduce the concept of infinity and forever to children. Rendered with mixed media-acrylic and ink among others it looks like–the typography, illustrations and illustrated filigree and designs work seamlessly to make a truly beautiful story. The text and illustrations both suggest deeper philosophical ideas and complement each other to create a greater understanding.

Such. a. great. book.

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Always Listen to Your Mother by Florence Parry Heide

Always Listen to Your MotherAlways Listen to Your Mother by Florence Parry Heide
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The mixed media and collage style is a lot of fun with some Victorian and art nouveau aesthetics.

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The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens

The Fire Chronicle (The Books of Beginning, #2)The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is much improved from the first title in the series. I am enjoying he character development and while some plot points are still quite predictable, the introduction to the history of the villain was quite interesting. A lot of the time I find the descriptions long-winded, but I truly like the characters. I fully intend on reading the third book.

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The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

The Emerald Atlas (The Books of Beginning, #1)The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would give it 3 1/2 stars. I like the characters, but it’s alignment with other high fantasy and ridiculous similarity to the world of Harry Potter made it distracting to follow the plot without rolling my eyes. Predictable, but likeable, nothing unique, but still worth a read, I hope the series forges its own identity with the rest of the books.

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