New from Clavis Publishing

Worm is throwing a party, so he must go shopping in town. Shop with Worm to find everything he needs. Along the way, you’ll discover many different colors.

A cheerful look-and-point book about colors. For children ages 2 years and up.


Hardcover with jacket | 32 pages | 9.84 x 10.20 | ISBN: 9781605377940

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Abby’s grandma makes so much food that Abby organizes a surprise party. Everyone is invited! Family members, friends, and people from the neighborhood come to dance, eat, and get to know each other better. Hip hip hooray, who wants chicken satay?

A celebratory book filled with rhythm, music, and plenty of good food. For party animals ages 5 years and up.


Hardcover with jacket | 32 pages | 9.84 x 10.20 | ISBN: 9781605378404

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The Queen’s Favorite Witch Vol. 2: The Lost King by Benjamin Dickson

Join Daisy Sparrow, Queen Elizabeth’s right-hand witch, for her next adventure in The Queen’s Favorite Witch Vol. 2: The Lost King by Benjamin Dickson.

As Queen Elizabeth struggles with the pressure from her advisors to marry and turn over her power to a male sovereign, Daisy is certain she has seen Prince Philip of Spain before, and there is something not quite right with him.

The Lost King is the second volume in The Queen’s Favorite Witch graphic novel series, but you don’t need to read the first book to understand what is happening here. The author weaves a magical story that blends history and fantasy into a fun adventure.

In Daisy, the author has created a young witch still learning how to use her abilities, who has found herself a trusted consultant to the Queen of England. They confide in each other, and their relationship is warm, though Daisy is certain not to overstep the boundaries of class. Luckily, Daisy’s other companions encourage and help along the way.

Rachel Smith provides the vibrant and colorful artwork to complement the storyline. And historical facts about Queen Elizabeth I can be found at the back of the novel.

As a lover of comic books as a child, I find graphic novels such an engaging art form. I look forward to more of Daisy’s adventures.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Papercutz (August 22, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 112 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1545809836
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1545809839
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 7 – 12 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 2 – 3

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

Men of the 65th by Talia Aikens-Nuñez

Teens and young adults will enjoy learning more about the heroic service of the 65th Infantry Regiment in Men of the 65th: The Borinqueneers of the Korean War by Talia Aikens-Nuñez.

The author weaves an historical account of the only Puerto Rican unit in the United States Army from its inception through its courageous fighting during both World Wars and the Korean War despite facing discrimination. Filled with historical photos, maps, graphs, and tons of extra historical information, Nunez shares the story of the Borinqueneers, whose legacy was recognized in 2016 when they received the Congressional Gold Medal.

I chose to read Men of the 65th because my father-in-law served during the Korean War, and because I don’t know a lot about the conflict. These brave men of the 65th impressed their peers with their ingenuity and determination. They faced discrimination, capture, and were largely overlooked by history, but through a grassroots effort would finally be recognized for their contributions.

If you enjoy history, especially military history, stories of those who have overcome discrimination, or accounts of bravery, Men of the 65th is an excellent choice.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Zest Books ™ (May 2, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 136 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1728479142
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1728479149
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 11 – 18 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 6 – 12

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

The Second Chance Farm by Janice Blanchett

The Second Chance Farm by Janice Blanchett is a heartwarming story of how a rescued goat helps a wandering stranger realize everyone deserves a second chance.

A farmer finds a lost goat and brings him back to his farm. Christening him Rusty, the goat grows up alongside the other farm animals. Then one day, Rusty notices how different he is from the others and thinks he should walk away from the only home he has ever known. The lessons Rusty learns about family and forgiveness help him when a wandering stranger arrives at the farm looking for work.

What a unique way to approach the parable of “The Prodigal Son.” Instead of the son being the main character, Blanchett creates a touching story of a rescued goat helping the son who took his part of the family fortune and wasted it. This story is beautifully told and is accompanied by the creative artwork of Jack Foster (one of my favorites). The author then suggests the reader discover the rest of the wandering stranger’s story in the Gospel of Luke.

The Second Chance Farm will make a great addition to church and home libraries.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0C47LV217
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Janice Blanchett (May 5, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 31 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985182545

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.

The Giving Back Tree by Tarky Lee (Review & Giveaway)

For those who always knew the rest of the story of the selfless giving tree was left unwritten, author Tarky Lee has brought the story full circle with The Giving Back Tree.

Inspired by The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Lee creates a story of how the lonely stump, long ago forgotten, is found by a girl who loves and appreciates her, allowing the tree to heal and bring forth a new beginning.

The Giving Back Tree is one of the most inspiring stories of the healing power of love that you’ll ever read. The artwork harkens back to the original story, making this a story all ages can enjoy. A feeling of nostalgia will wash over readers familiar with the original, while this modernized story speaks volumes to the magic of love and joy and the importance of appreciating the world around us.

Touching and inspiring, you will want to read The Giving Back Tree over and again.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BQZGZVH9
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gullet Publications (April 11, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 42 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985870909

I received a copy from the author through Goddess Fish Promotions. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.