atripp's Book Reviews

The Truth About Hawks by Maxwell Eaton

The Truth About Hawks by Maxwell Eaton

Did you know that some hawks can see ultraviolet light and track their prey by the glow of animal droppings and urine? Or that hawks are mostly awake and hunting during the day? These are just some of the things you will learn from this delightful and informative picture book full of interesting tidbits! These […]


Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson by Jennifer Bryant

Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson by Jennifer Bryant

“If you can read, you can do anything – you can BE anything.” This is what August Wilson’s mother told him as a child in Pittsburgh. Growing up, he spent hours in the library and books, filling his mind with their words and hope. While he faced harassment and discrimination in school, he never lost […]


Lupin Leaps In by Georgia Dunn

Lupin Leaps In by Georgia Dunn

First published online as a webcomic, Lupin Leaps In follows house cats Lupin, Elvis and Puck who report the “news” from their perspective. As they detail their lives at home with “the people” (referred to as Woman, Man, Toddler and Baby), readers are informed of all the breaking news – from the ceiling cats, the […]


Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington

Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington

This is a gorgeous picture book detailing the life of the surrealist artist Leonora Carrington. It begins, as many biographies do, with her childhood and how she loved to draw the animals she saw. From there, we learn about what inspired her, how she rejected becoming a “proper lady” in order to become an artist, […]


Strange Planet by Nathan W Pyle

Strange Planet by Nathan W Pyle

Nathan W. Pyle began “Strange Planet” as an Instagram comic and it soon became an Internet sensation! Now his posts have been collected in this charming little book that celebrates simplicity and absurdity in our everyday life – as observed by adorable alien creatures in familiar scenarios. Everything from throwing surprise parties to ordering takeout […]


Guts by Raina Telgemeier

Guts by Raina Telgemeier

In yet another graphic memoir, young Raina struggles with anxiety about mean girls, feeling left out, food sensitivity, and a fear of getting sick and puking – all of which Telegemeier writes about with compassion and humor. She reminds us that we all experience worry and stress – it’s part of growing up – but […]


Guest: A Changeling Tale by Mary Downing Hahn

Guest: A Changeling Tale by Mary Downing Hahn

What would you do if your baby brother was snatched away and replaced with a nasty changeling? And what if it was your fault? That’s the trouble young Mollie Coverall is facing. She may never see her adorable baby brother again, her family is falling apart and the worst part is that her mother is […]


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