Welcome to Through the Looking Glass

Welcome to Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews. Over the years I have put together a wonderful collection of reviews, features, and author and illustrator biographies for you, 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. I hope this will help you to find excellent books for the young people in your lives. If you are looking for books for yourself or adult friends and family members, we hope that you will find books that you will enjoy reading. Many books written for younger readers have a great deal to offer adults. Please consider buying books through this website. Your purchases help to support our work, and give us the means to improve this online resource.

Soon after the pandemic began in earnest here in the United States I caught the dread disease. It took me until around October of 2020 to start feeling human again, but, alas, it soon became evident that I was one of the many who has what doctors are calling Long Covid.  I am now, finally, in a better place, rather than being stuck in the seemingly neverending loop of feeling a bit better and then crashing. I have to be careful not to overtire myself, to husband my resources, but I can work again and this makes me very happy indeed. I have missed being here with you.

During my many days of lying on the sofa, covered with dachshunds, I thought a lot about what I want TTLG to be like going forward. I have decided that rather than publishing new issues of the journal six times a year, I will make this site a library, a repository of all my reviews, features, author and illustrator biographies, and the other materials that I have created over the last twenty years. I am now in the process of making changes to the site for the ‘renovation’, so please forgive any oddities that you might find.

The blog that is associated with this site, is going to be the place where new content will be posted. There you will find new reviews, articles, interviews with great authors and illustrators, book giveaways, information about interesting contests and bookish events, and more.  All the reviews that I post on the blog, and any new features that I create there, will be placed in the TTLG library on this website.  Please do visit the blog regularly to see what I am up to.

In September of 2012 I launched a 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. I hope you will come and read Gryf”s blog posts.

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,