Michelle Isenhoff

clean kids books

The Squeaky Award

To show my appreciation for excellent and squeaky clean children’s literature, I’ve designed my own blog award to bestow on those books I happen to find extra special. To qualify for the Squeaky Award, a book needs to meet the following criteria: 1.  I have to really, really like the story, because, well, you know, this […]

Savvy, by Ingrid Law, 2009, Book Review

Savvy is a uniquely styled book that won Newbery honors last year. Its most outstanding feature is the rhythmic nonsense words that flood the prose, creating a style all its own  “Fibertygibbity,” “a fizz and a zing,” “jump and jive,” “razzmatazz,” “bumping, jumping,” “stumbled and tumbled,” “gewgaws,” and “…loosening his lip-lock.” Ms. Law has a very […]

Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula, by Elise Stokes, 2010, Book Review

I met Elise Stokes recently in a forum post discussing clean content in children’s literature. I was intrigued enough by our conversation to order her book, Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula. I’m glad I did! Not only are its pages free of objectionable content, they contain all the ingredients required for a superb adventure. […]

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