Tildy's Book Reviews

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The Great Caper Caper: Volume 5 (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast) Cover Image
Reviewed by: Tildy
Posted: June 18, 2022

This may just be the best Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast mystery yet! The light in the fridge has gone missing, and our valiant heroes must assemble the tastiest crew of their friends to get it back from the compensating caper villain. Familiar faces, ridiculously good rhymes, and a delightful conclusion for all will have readers in giggles and returning to the previous books just to keep the fun from ending. The fabulous duo of Funk and Kearney have done it again.

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Witch Hazel Cover Image
Reviewed by: Tildy
Posted: June 8, 2022

Not just for spooky season!  Fall in love with this gorgeously illustrated and gently told story of two witches. As Hazel and Hilda clean their house, the stories Hazel shares are enchanted into the dust, captivating young Hilda through the seasons, until one day it's Hilda's turn to tell stories and remember. Molly Idle is a deft storyteller whose soft style will warm your heart.
 

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Farmhouse Cover Image
Reviewed by: Tildy
Posted: June 8, 2022

An incredible work of art from Sophie Blackall, Farmhouse feels like a doll house come to life, and even more so when the reader realizes the story is based on a real family and their home, and this is Blackall's memorial to them. A quiet meditation on family, love, and the memory of the spaces we once occupied, this is a perfect story for all ages. 

Love Radio Cover Image
Reviewed by: Tildy
Posted: June 2, 2022

Smooth, sweet and radiating with Black love and joy, Love Radio is everything you want in a contemprary YA romance. Prince is a radio DJ with his own show, where he doles out love advice. Dani is an aspiring writer and incredible student. When their paths cross in the library, sparks fly. I loved how deep each of these characters were, with their own struggles and strengths. Their flirtatious banter and their chemistery and creativity are totally engrossing, and it's impossible not to hope these two go the distance, even from the very first pages. 

Abuelita and Me Cover Image
Reviewed by: Tildy
Posted: May 31, 2022

When Abuelita and her grand child are at home, they have fun in everything they do together. But when they have to go out into the world, they are faced with microagressions. When an impatient bus driver harasses Abuelita on their way home, they're hurt and scared. In the days after the incident, both are given the space to process their pain, sadness and anger. They’re able to support each other with love and bravery as they venture back out into the world. In addition to this moving story are beautiful, warm illustrations that highlight Abuelita and her grandchild’s tenderness for each other. A wonderful story of love and resilience, this book also works well as a conversation starter for young readers about how members of our communities face discrimination in their daily lives.

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega Cover Image
Reviewed by: Tildy
Posted: May 23, 2022

 Charlie is a smart, kind, and funny narrator, and as a fat girl, often feels invisible next to her vivacioius best friend. This story is so much about Charlie's experiences learning how to put herself first in her relationships, with her friends, family, and in romance, while remaining thoughtful and considerate. This  made me feel so seen, and for anyone who has ever felt less-than, who has struggled with their weight, or not being confident, outgoing, or pretty enough for their friends and family, Charlie will cuddle her way into your heart.

The Great Zapfino Cover Image
Reviewed by: Tildy
Posted: May 23, 2022

Terrified to perform the incredible leap, Zapfino runs away from the circus and begins a new life as an elevator attendant. But when a fire erupts, can Zapfino face the fear he escaped? Marla Frazee's charming illustrations and Mac Barnett's indelible words and influence will have any reader with their heart in their throats, cheering Zapfino on all the way. 

Mel Fell Cover Image
Reviewed by: Tildy
Posted: April 14, 2022

Just delightful and a perfect springtime read! Mel decides to fly for the first time, and dives straight down down down. Her other animal friends try to catch her but Mel is doing exactly as she meant to do. A creative and sweetly illustrated book, a great story on how to be brave with giggles thrown in--plus a totally deserved Caldecott honor!

Part of Your World Cover Image
Reviewed by: Tildy
Posted: April 14, 2022

Alexis, an ER doctor upholding a family legacy at a city hospital, and Daniel, the mayor and do-it-all man of a tiny town his ancestor founded, find themselves wanting to be a together after a roadside rescue and ensuing “one-night stand.” As always, Jimenez is able to perfectly balance her tone, turning what could be a lighter story into something that is much more real and unforgettable. While their are mentions of domestic violence, there are many more laugh out loud moments, joy, and of course the HEA.

Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail Cover Image
Reviewed by: Tildy
Posted: March 23, 2022

This is the story of a first night of Passover seder mixed with a sweet story of a boy and a cat. The paths of a young boy celebrating with his community cross with a kitten alone in the cold of early spring when the celebration welcomes the spirit of Elijah. Lovingly and warmly illustrated, this book provides a mirror for Jewish families across the diaspora and a window for readers to learn about Passover and its connections to history, family, and friendship.

Clutter: An Untidy History Cover Image
Reviewed by: Tildy
Posted: March 18, 2022

This one was fascinating! I loved how Jennifer wove the history of clutter and hoarding in with her own experience dealing with detritus from her mother's house. A really interesting look into how we ended up with so much stuff as a cutlture, from Victorian objets d'art to the Sears Roebuck catalog, and how we might consider dealing with all our clutter now and in the future. Perfect if you need a break from spring cleaning!

Lizzy and the Cloud Cover Image
Reviewed by: Tildy
Posted: March 4, 2022

How can you not love everything the Fan Brothers do? Once again, they've taken a simple concept and turned it into something beautiful lyrically and illustratively. Lizzy and the Cloud is a new pet story for young readers, and everyone can swoon over their gorgeous art, while also getting in your feels about letting things you love grow and letting them go.

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