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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

THE ADVENTURES OF MILO CHOW

By Caroline Rayfield
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

The day-to-day adventures of a little Chow Chow puppy after he’s adopted from a rescue shelter are chronicled in this children’s book.

IR Approved

A FISH CALLED ANDROMEDA

By Cynthia C. Huijgens
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A beautifully-illustrated inspirational story tackling universal themes of loss and discovery.

A FEMICH CHRISTMAS

By R. J. Amezcua
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

R.J. Amezcua brings a seasonal tale of magic in which the other-worldly characters battle to restore the Heart of Christmas in A FEMICH CHRISTMAS.

IR Approved

ALICE AND JACK HIKE THE GRAND CANYON

By Amy Graves, Pam Schweitzer
Rating:
4.9 / 5.0

ALICE AND JACK HIKE THE GRAND CANYON is an illustrated children's book that follows a family's venture into the Grand Canyon National Park, for which...

IR Approved

BAKAASUR – The Ice Cream (Maker) Monster

By Deven Jatkar
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Baba has decided he wants ice cream for his birthday. Seven cousins recoil in horror as they know they’ll have to tackle the dreaded Bakaasur...

IR Approved

LULU AND THE MISSING TOOTH FAIRY

By S. E. Richey
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

An illustrated depiction of a young girl’s first visit from the Tooth Fairy-in training.

ELIJAH GOES TO CLEVELAND

By Mark Darden
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

In ELIJAH GOES TO CLEVELAND, a young boy explores the Ohio city as part of a scavenger hunt and learns about some of its more...

IR Approved

MAYA AND MARCUS GO TO THE BANK

By Kennedy Thibou Jr.
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

In MAYA AND MARCUS GO TO THE BANK, author Kennedy Thibou, Jr. shows two young siblings learning about the banking system to educate children on...

SNOODLES, KIDOODLES, POODLES AND LOTS AND LOTS OF NOODLES!

By Steven Joseph
Rating:
3.3 / 5.0

Everyone in the future has cars fueled by pasta, and they’ve never been happier—except for one sauerkraut lover, who seeks a silly revenge on the...

IR Approved

OTTER’S COAT: The Real Reason Turtle Raced Rabbit

By Cordellya Smith
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

A clever twist on a beloved fable complete with a timely message for young readers.

IR Approved

THE TALE OF BRIAN AND THE HOUSE PAINTER MERVYN

By Lance Lee, Meilo So (illustrator)
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Wealth is meaningless when the son of the richest man in Sandstone-by-the-Sea develops a mysterious illness that confines him to his bed. The desperate Dad...

THE ADVENTURES OF BIG DOG: Troubles and Triumph

By Grandpa Donald R. Draayer
Rating:
3.3 / 5.0

Two siblings get an opportunity to watch their neighbor’s ‘big’ dog–will the experiment dash their hopes for a dog of their own?

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