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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PEKE-A-BOO!

By Wendy Zambrana
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

In PEKE-A-BOO!, written by Wendy Zambrana and illustrated by Anne Zimanski, Samantha a Pekingese dog has lost her favorite ball. Can young readers help her...

PEARL LOVES HER NAME

By Clare McBride
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

PEARL LOVES HER NAME by Clare McBride is the journey about how a young girl learns to appreciate her name.

DANIELLE

By Richard Soukop, Sonya Soukop
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

DANIELLE by Richard and Sonya Soukop is an illustrated children’s book that tells the story of Jonathan and his brother Joshua, and their adventures in...

IR Approved

HOLI COLORS!

By Deven Jatkar
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Maya has been looking forward to celebrating Holi with all its colorful delights all year – but on the eve of the festival, an accident...

IR Approved

MOUSE’S SPLASHY TUESDAY

By C. Lovelady
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Mouse, who hates being called Lily Anne, enjoys bacon and does valiant battle against an evil rainstorm with the help of her loyal dog Chewie.

ASH FOREST (AND THE KING’S GOLD)

By Stephen R. Pratt
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Good magic battles evil in the children's book ASH FOREST (AND THE KING'S GOLD) by Stephen R. Pratt.

GOODNIGHT SWOGG THE SILLY FROG

By Grump C
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

GOODNIGHT SWOGG THE SILLY FROG, by Grump C, is an illustrated children's book about a frog who just can't fall asleep.

YOUNGHO AND CHADORI: The Door to the Spirit World

By B.K. Chu
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Youngho Kim is your average 12-year old. But behind his impishness lies some true sadness: he's being bullied at school, his family is drifting and...

IR Approved

BULLIES AND PEEPS

By J.D. Suhre
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Meg is considered an outcast in accordance with the dictates of the fifth-grade social scene. That's okay with her until the leader of a catty...

AMANDA’S WHALE TALE

By Kerrie Elizabeth Godding
Rating:
2.8 / 5.0

Written and illustrated by Kerrie Elizabeth Godding, AMANDA’S WHALE TALE tells the story of a girl who drifts out too far at sea and is...

MADAME X AND THE WORLD BENEATH

By Eileen Conway
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

MADAME X AND THE WORLD BENEATH is a captivating children’s book ideal for intermediate independent readers or read-alouds with children ages eight through 10. Ten-year-old...

IR Approved

HERE COMES INGO

By Odeta Xheka
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

HERE COMES INGO is a beautifully-illustrated, text-free picture book that welcomes children to the world of imagination.

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