A Halloween Tree (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Has anyone read Ray Bradbury’s story, The Halloween Tree, or seen the animated film adaptation of it with Leonard Nimoy? I would definitely recommend it, especially the special, since the focus is on how Halloween as a holiday has developed over the centuries.] Have you seenthe Halloween Tree where pumpkinsContinue reading “A Halloween Tree (A Poem)”

Wolfwalkers: The Graphic Novel (A Short Book Review)

Based on the film by: Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart Adapted by: Sam Sattin Published by: Little, Brown Books (Hachette Book Group) Trailer for the animated movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_Z_tybgPgg The Cartoon Saloon animation studio has achieved a great deal of acclaim with their beautifully drawn movies in recent years, focused around stories and legends from IrelandContinue reading “Wolfwalkers: The Graphic Novel (A Short Book Review)”

A Little Treasure Trove Known as the US Review of Books

Website: https://www.theusreview.com/ The US Review of Books offers a nice little archive of books to discover, and as the name suggests, they also review books–from self-published works to ones handled by traditional publishers. Many of the books mentioned on their site are mostly those that haven’t received too much publicity in mainstream media, but theyContinue reading “A Little Treasure Trove Known as the US Review of Books”

Journal Entry #14

Oh my goodness, I am now an official book reviewer for the US Review of Books! It’s the first regular, paid freelance writing position I’ve gotten after the steady stream of transcription assignments I usually did dried up. The whole thing really does feel like the beginning of a brighter chapter in my life, whichContinue reading “Journal Entry #14”

Journal Entry #12

I have some great news to report. The US Review of Books accepted my application to become a book reviewer, and if everything goes well with my first review for them, I will get taken on as a permanent part of their team. It is an exciting opportunity, especially since I’ve heard great things aboutContinue reading “Journal Entry #12”

Through the Eyes of a Bird: A Book Review of Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kiki’s Delivery Service is the lighthearted, magical tale of a young witch named Kiki who leaves home to make her own way in the world, accompanied by her talkative black cat Jiji. The author, Eiko Kadono, found inspiration for this story thanks to a picture drawn by her daughter, which showed a witch riding aContinue reading “Through the Eyes of a Bird: A Book Review of Kiki’s Delivery Service”

A Short Look at Roald Dahl’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

Roald Dahl has become famed for his seemingly boundless imagination and whimsical tales, which have led to children’s classics such as Matilda, The Witches, BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Peculiar but wondrous occurrences are at the heart of his works, drawing in children and adults alike with reminders that anything can happen inContinue reading “A Short Look at Roald Dahl’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More”

The Fairytale Rhythms of Inkheart

Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart is a fairytale tribute to the magical qualities that stories possess. Young Maggie resides with her father, a well-traveled bookbinder she has always called Mo, in a humble farmhouse where books crowd every available nook in piles and stacks. They lead quiet but pleasant lives dominated by a love of reading, untilContinue reading “The Fairytale Rhythms of Inkheart”

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