Benny and Penny, books 1 and 2

In Benny and Penny in the Just Pretend, Penny wants to play with her big brother Benny. But Benny thinks little sisters are a pain. Maybe if they play hide and seek, Penny will hide and Benny can just not…

Marvel Origins Series

This series is designed as an introduction to the Marvel universe for the grade school set. Here we read about the back-stories of different Marvel superheroes: Thor, Captain America, Spiderman, X-Men. Each book is written in a very straightforward way,…

The Book of Human Insects

The Book of Human Insects is not necessarily what I would call an enjoyable read. Yet, quite like main character Toshiko Tomura, there is something so tantalizing and irresistible about the book that you can’t help but be drawn to…

Anya’s Ghost

    First her mom tries to feed her greasy syrniki, then she gets ignored by the boy she has a crush on, the weird nerd tries to catch her eye, she has a fight with her only friend over…

Nina in That Makes Me Mad

Nina in That Makes Me Mad

Sometimes being a child can be frustrating. Nina doesn’t do wimpy frustration though – when things happen that she doesn’t like, she gets MAD. Nina’s annoyances include patronizing grownups telling her what she likes, other kids who won’t play to…

Lucille

I was uneasy at the start of Lucille. First off, the art is incredibly spare. Characters are drawn with simple, slightly wobbly, lines and little or no shading. Backgrounds are minimal and there are no panels. Altogether, it gave the…