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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IR Approved

GOD CREATES A SNAKE

By Charles Peterson
Rating:
4.5 / 5

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

IR Approved

RICE & ROCKS

By Sandra L. Richards; Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan
Rating:
4.5 / 5

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...

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

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

IF OUR WORLD WAS WHITE

By J. J. Markatt
Rating:
3.0 / 5

"IF OUR WORLD WAS WHITE" explains what would happen if colors were lost to the world.

A child gets to the heart of heroism in: HECTOR’S HEROIC DAY

By Patrick Jones
Rating:
5.0 / 5

A young boy badly wants to be a hero – but what kind?

A Feline Finds A Way to Catch A Criminal in: INSPECTOR DEWEY

By Kristen Heimerl, illustrated by Irene Bofill
Rating:
4.5 / 5

“Inspector” Dewey is a clever cat. In this sweet children’s story, he reveals how he solved the crime that gained him the title “Hero of...

IR Approved

A girl’s discovery of bees inspires respect for nature in: BEES IN LORETTA’S BONNET

By Lois Wickstrom (author) and Francie Mion (artist)
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Upon discovering a nest of woodcutter bees in the winter woodpile, Loretta loses her bonnet to a gust of wind, but spring brings the promise...

IR Approved

Cooperation and friendship are the key to a safe return in BENJAMIN BIRDIE’S FIRST FLIGHT

By Michael Dotsikas
Rating:
4.5 / 5

An impatient little bird is determined to get the early worm leaves its nest too early in this charming children’s story about cooperation.

Yummy Stories

By Lil L. Alexander
Rating:
3.0 / 5

YUMMY STORIES transports children to a magical land where animals and people thrive on healthy fruits, vegetables and social mores.

Nick’s Very First Day of Baseball

By Kevin Christofora
Rating:
2.5 / 5

Nick is signed up for baseball and ready for his first day of baseball practice.

Princess Lizzie and the Time Travelling Magic Cloak

By Dr. Van
Rating:
2.5 / 5

A young girl must travel through time in order to help her friend and by doing so encounters a world very different from her sheltered...

IR Approved

Every Walrus Can Fly

By Brian Phillips
Rating:
4.0 / 5

“Would you believe me if I said every walrus can fly” begins this imaginative story of three-year-old Royce, a walrus with aspirations to fly.

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