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

MEET DUKE AND BRODY!

By Melody Cooper
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

MEET DUKE AND BRODY! is a children’s picture book with a good moral story at its heart.

IR Approved

THE INVENTOR IN THE PINK PAJAMAS (If Not You, Then Who? Book 1)

By David and Emberli Pridham
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

David and Emberli Pridham's THE INVENTOR IN THE PINK PAJAMAS is an educational picture book that teaches kids about inventions and inventors.

LITTLE BLUEBIRD

By Erin Murphy Welch
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

LITTLE BLUEBIRD by Erin Murphy Welch is an beautifully illustrated tale that shows kids how differences make us special.

IR Approved

DRAWN IN

By Jillian Her, Kevin Cook
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

DRAWN IN is a unique and colorful story that will inspire children of all ages to explore their own imaginations .

THE TIGER LIKE ME

By Kelsey Lee
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

THE TIGER LIKE ME by writer and illustrator Kelsey Lee is a picture book for early to intermediate readers.

SWALLOWED BY A SECRET

By Risa Nyman
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

With the help of a new friend, Rocky investigates what is being hidden from him about his father's death in SWALLOWED BY A SECRET by...

COOPER GOES TO THE VET: Golden Retriever

By Donna Santini
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

It’s time for Cooper’s regular check-up at the vet. But this golden retriever isn’t happy about it! Will his owners manage to get him there?

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...

IR Approved

GNARLYS OF THE NORTH WOODS

By Mary Cuffe Perez
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

This spirited tale--presented from the viewpoints of Gnarlys, Gnomes and other creatures--explores daily life in the woods including the impact of humans on nature.

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...

THE WONDERS OF THE PECULIAR PARASOL

By Mark M. Even
Rating:
3.1 / 5.0

When three young relatives head for a birthday party, their adventurous play brings them into contact with a parasol with the capacity to transport them...

IR Approved

TORC THE CAT SAVES THE BUNNY

By NONA
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

TORC is a cat with a big heart and big dreams. No feline fantasies of cat-and-mouse for this furry guy, who instead aspires to become...

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