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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January 22, 2024

SPACE BOY

By Lillian China Smith
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Written by Lillian China Smith and illustrated by Gerry Alvarez, SPACE BOY (A Story About A Boy Who Went To Outer Space And Back) is...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Packed with yummy details and deliciously vivid illustrations, THE DEMON-DOSA DARE by Deven Jatkar is laugh-out-loud funny and provides a fascinating look into Indian cuisine...

January 10, 2024

BING

By Sarah Gourd
Rating:
3.1 / 5.0

Sarah Gourd’s BING is a simple, easy-to-read, and charming book for young children.

Rating:
3.6 / 5.0

Written by Antonietta Quinn and aided by charming illustrations by Eva Morales, ANDREW CONQUERS THE COURT is an engaging true story of overcoming disappointment and...

Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Although Caroline E. Rayfield's prose rather underplays any moments of drama, A LIFE SAVED: Dominica's Story is an inspirational true story of the rescue and...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

Written and beautifully illustrated by Anu D. Misa, ELLA SAYS: Let's Have a Giving Christmas is a charming book for older preschoolers and early year...

Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Gregory G. Allen's THE MONSTERS OF MARYMOUNT MANSION, with illustrations by Shelby Goodwin, delivers a fresh take on the well-worn theme of living with and...

Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Allie Compeau's ASTER AND THE SPIRIT TALKER is an environmentalist fairy tale that over-relies on genre tropes and yet still offers a cozy adventure for...

IR Approved
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Daniel McMillan's BADGER AND TURTLE: Face the Storm is an invaluable educational tool, offering kids and parents a way to turn stressful situations into opportunities...

IR Approved
October 13, 2023

AND

By Kerri Monnerat, Olivia Chalkley, Saige Hopkins (Illustrator)
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

An essential read for children and caregivers everywhere, AND is an excellent tool to help navigate difficult emotions during challenging times. No library, classroom, or...

Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Written by Arthur J. Gonzalez and beautifully illustrated by Krapivina Olga, THE NIGHT THE STARS WENT MISSING is a well-written picture book with an important...

IR Approved
August 7, 2023

GOODBYE KISSES

By Georgia Trussart
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

GOODBYE KISSES by Georgia Trussart is an enjoyable children’s picture book with simple rhymes, cute illustrations and a strong, positive message that parents and caregivers...

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