Indie book reviews

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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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March 23, 2022

NURSE FLORENCE, HOW DO WE SMELL THINGS?

By Michael Dow, RN, MS
Rating:
3.4 / 5.0

An illustrated, in-depth lesson on the sense of smell.

IR Approved
February 23, 2022

EATING THESE FOODS MAKES ME…

By Kalifa Rodriguez M.Sc, RD, CBS
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Registered dietician Kalifa Rodriguez provides a children's guide to nutrition in EATING THESE FOODS MAKES ME..., using colorful illustrations and simple explanations to introduce young...

July 15, 2020

TEENA AND DEENA: HIDE AND SEEK

By C.C. Strachan
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

TEENA AND DEENA: HIDE AND SEEK by C.C. Strachan is children’s picture book about learning to play hide and seek.

IR Approved
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Four friends go on a sometimes harrowing quest to find the Great Diamond--and understand the differences between rock and mineral characters--ultimately leading to a sense...

IR Approved
February 17, 2020

KINGDOM OF THE SILVER CAT

By Thomas M. Carroll
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A school bus is accidentally diverted to a strange new world, and the children on board discover that each has been granted a certain magical...

November 20, 2019

BATHING KITTY (and Other Mischievous Poems)

By L. W. Lewis
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

BATHING KITTY (and Other Mischievous Poems) is a collection of verse for the younger set.

IR Approved
September 16, 2019

GOD CREATES A SNAKE

By Charles Peterson
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

GOD CREATES A SNAKE is a picture book for children about Snake’s conversation with God on “Creation Day.” 

IR Approved
November 14, 2018

CASPER AND JASPER AND THE TERRIBLE TYRANT

By Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Twin 12-year-old boys battle despot Wilhelm Scream as they search for their imprisoned parents in the Lands of Yonder.

July 19, 2017

THE CURSE ENDS: THE STORY OF THE 2016 CHICAGO CUBS

By Jeff Attinella; Illustrated by Mike Pascale
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A beautifully illustrated version of the amazing story about how the Wrigley Field-based professional baseball team overcame the century-long “Curse of the Billy Goat” to...

IR Approved
June 23, 2017

RICE & ROCKS

By Sandra L. Richards; Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A young boy goes on a journey with his aunt and magic pet parrot to see how people enjoy rice and beans all over the...

March 24, 2017

A young girl makes friends in nature in PICCADILLY AND THE WALTZING WIND

By Lisa Anne Novelline, illustrated by Nicola Hwang
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A little girl tries to make friends with the autumn wind, so that it will dance with her.

February 13, 2017

OUR FIRST DANCE

By June Kang
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

A father explains his “daddyhood journey” with the use of colorful doodles.

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