Welcome to Through the Looking Glass

Welcome to the September and October 2013 issue of Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews. I have put together a wonderful collection of reviews for you for this issue, and I hope you enjoy reading the reviews as much as I enjoyed writing them.

As always, the books reviewed on TTLG are carefully chosen by the editor. We only review books that suit the scope of TTLG, and that we feel have something to offer readers. Therefore, all our reviews are positive ones. We hope this will help you to find excellent books for the young people in your lives. If you are looking for books for yourself, we hope you will find books that you will enjoy reading. Please consider buying books through this website. Your purchases help to support our work, and give us the means to improve this online resource.

For this issue I have chosen to focus on books about Monsters! Readers of all ages are drawn to books about monsters. Some of the books in this feature will give readers chills, while others will delight them with tales of bumbling and ineffectual monsters, or monsters that are actually rather lovable. There are books in this feature that will suit all kinds of readers of all ages.

September is the month when many children go back to school. In this feature, there are titles about school life that will suit readers of all ages, and I hope young readers will find something in the collection that will engage, entertain, or inspire them.

September is also the month when summer starts to unwind and when many people experience the first signs of fall. Leaves start to turn red, gold, and yellow. Frosts begin to nip at the plants in the garden, and in October farmers and gardeners start to harvest the fruits and vegetables that they have tended for many months.

For this month’s Editor’s Choice title, I selected Kiki Strike: Darkness Dwellers by Kirsten Miller. This is a wonderful adventure that young adults and adults alike will enjoy.

Finally, take a look at the Bookish Calendar page for reviews about Elizabeth I of England, Pablo Picasso, the Great Depression, and much more. This calendar is a great tool to use at home and in the classroom to help children incorporate books more fully into their lives.

There are several bookish events taking place in September and October that I would like to tell you about. They are:

September 24th to September 28th is  Banned Books Week

October is National Book Month (USA)

October 7th to October 14th is Children’s Book Week (UK)

October 13th to October 19th is Teen Read Week (USA)

In September of 2012 I launched a new project that I would like to tell you about. It is a story blog called Talon Diaries, and it is written by a colorful and very unusual character who is called Gryf. Gryf ‘s story posts appear every Wednesday. Do take a look and subscribe to the blog.

For those of you don’t know already, I also publish a blog about children’s books and the children’s book world. On the blog I post reviews, interviews with great authors and illustrators, I offer book giveaways, and I tell you about interesting contests and bookish events. Do visit the blog and sign up for the feed. In the coming year, I will be posting new picture book reviews on Mondays and poetry book reviews on Fridays.

Some of the titles I reviewed several years ago are now out of print. Though you cannot buy these books in every bookshop, many of them are still available for purchase on websites like Amazon.com.

I hope you enjoy this new issue, and I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,