The Shepherd and The Squirrel by Janice Blanchett

One tiny squirrel’s hobby leads him into an unexpected friendship with a young shepherd destined for greatness.

In The Shepherd and The Squirrel by Janice Blanchett, Sammy’s unusual hobby of collecting stones grabs the attention of a young shepherd boy named David. They form an unexpected friendship, and when David leaves with supplies for his brothers in the king’s army camp, Sammy tags along. Little did they know that David’s faith will be put to the test and Sammy’s hobby is God’s gift for success.

Having written a children’s book about King David as a shepherd boy facing Goliath, I was immediately drawn to Blanchett’s The Shepherd and The Squirrel. In this charming story, a friendship between David and a squirrel unfolds against David’s life of caring for his sheep and visiting the army camp with supplies for his brothers. The Biblical story of David is a well-known one, but this unique way of bringing it to life is both engaging and sweet.

Jack Foster, one of my favorite artists, provides the colorful artwork for The Shepherd and The Squirrel. His trademark wide-eyed characters fill this story with great emotion.

This story would make the perfect addition to a church or home library.

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BK5DBQ5Q
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Janice Blanchett (October 20, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 31 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985182576

I received a digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

New From Clavis Publishing: Pip’s Book by Guido Van Genechten

“A small story with countless interactive opportunities.” – Kirkus Reviews

I’m Pip and this is my book. Hold on, I hear someone else. Ah, my friend Timothy Vanderlong. Timothy is the longest dog in the world. Would you like to see Timothy?

A funny book about Pip and his friend Timothy Vanderlong. For children ages 3 years and up.

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New Release: Goodnight Little Bookstore by Amy Cherrix

Part lullaby, part love song, this perfectly pitched bedtime book gives a nod to its classic predecessors as it champions the vibrant independent spirit of local bookstores.

Join the Little Bookstore’s friendly staff as they draw the curtain on another busy day of browsing and matchmaking. Choose a bedtime story, say your good nights, and pet the shop’s feline mascot on your way out. Snuggle up to a loved one for a read-aloud, then drift off to sweet dreams of adventure and enchantment to come. Drawing on the best tradition of classic bedtime books, Amy Cherrix’s lilting text brims with sound play, soothing patterns, and repetition, while E. B. Goodale’s bright, inclusive artwork offers people-watching at its best, conjuring the bustling, ineffable mood of a homespun hall of treasures. Penned by a bookseller and illustrated with warmth and zeal, this cozy homage to the neighborhood bookshop ends with a gallery of bookstores around the world, encouraging local engagement and offering a gentle reminder that books are gifts that keep giving, the most comforting treasure of all.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Candlewick (August 29, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1536212512
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1536212518
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 2 – 5 years

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New Release: Last of the Talons by Sophie Kim

After the destruction of her entire Talon gang, eighteen-year-old Shin Lina—the Reaper of Sunpo—is forced to become a living, breathing weapon for the kingdom’s most-feared crime lord. All that keeps her from turning on her ruthless master is the life of her beloved little sister hanging in the balance. But the order to steal a priceless tapestry from a Dokkaebi temple incites not only the wrath of a legendary immortal, but the beginning of an unwinnable game…

Suddenly Lina finds herself in the dreamlike realm of the Dokkaebi, her fate in the hands of its cruel and captivating emperor. But she can win her life—if she kills him first.

Now a terrible game of life and death has begun, and even Lina’s swift, precise blade is no match for the magnetic Haneul Rui. Lina will have to use every weapon in her arsenal if she wants to outplay this cunning king and save her sister…all before the final grain of sand leaks out of the hourglass.

Because one way or another, she’ll take Rui’s heart.

Even if it means giving up her own.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Entangled: Teen (September 27, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1649372809
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1649372802
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 14 – 17 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 10 – 12


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New Release: Beatrice Likes the Dark by April Tucholke

Beatrice likes the dark. She likes black clothes, graveyard picnics, and a sky full of stars. Her sister, Roo, likes the light. She likes bright clothes, picking strawberries, and hot, sunny days. Beatrice and Roo are nothing alike and don’t understand each other. Can Beatrice help Roo love the dark as much as she does? Can Roo help Beatrice love the light? Or are they simply too different to get along?

With lushly detailed artwork, award-winning illustrator Khoa Le brings to vivid life acclaimed author April Tucholke’s heartwarming, slightly spooky tale about two very different sisters who learn to celebrate their individuality, understanding that love runs deeper than their differences. 

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Algonquin Young Readers (September 13, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1643751573
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1643751573
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 – 8 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool – 3

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