DJ Geribo

Author & Artist

Kids Book Reviews

Kids books are among some of my favorite books. There are so many creative authors out there who have learned how to engage the young mind for more than five minutes - a challenge, for sure! In my review of these books, I include books that are written for pre-schoolers up to tween ages (3 years old to 8 years old). There will be picture books but also books that have a story that a 3 year old could follow. And I also include chapter books that aren't too complex for an 8 year old to understand. If there are any books in this age range that you would like a review for, just send me an email and I will be happy to provide my review.

I Saw Esau

burro's turf painting by dj geribo

I Saw Esau, edited by Iona & Peter Opie, Illustrated by Maurice Sendak was a great find. Every year we attend a fair that has tents set up that are full of great deals on books, linens, clothes, white elephant items, jewelry, frames, furniture, and a variety of other items. Of course, I always visit the book tent and always find several books to purchase (it is a fundraiser, after all, so I feel good about helping and I get my book fix satisfied).

Read more: I Saw Esau

Ragweed

maple syrup for sale

Ragweed by Avi, illustrations by Brian Floca, is my 4th Avi book and, as with the first one I read, I love this book and I've become a big Avi fan.


In the first Avi book I read, Poppy's Return, Ragweed was mentioned several times. Not just because Poppy named one of her sons Ragweed but because he was named after his uncle Ragweed, a mouse who was independent and left his home in Dimwood Forest to find his way in the world.

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Poppy's Return

white-footed-mouse-painting-by-dj-geribo

Poppy's Return by Avi, illustrations by Brian Floca, is a wonderful book.  I absolutely adored this book. And when I finished it, my husband, Jim, read it and loved it just as much as I did. Of course, now I want to read all of his other books, too! Apparently, there are many books about Poppy, her beloved Rye, and many of the other characters in the "Tales from Dimwood Forest" series of books. I guess I have my summer reading list now!

Read more: Poppy's Return

The End of the Beginning

Fall Marshes painting by DJ Geribo

The End of the Beginning by Avi, illustrations by Tricia Tusa, is a tiny book, small only in its size, with a big-as-life story that teaches many lessons given by the main characters, a snail named Avon and an ant called Edward. Avi is my new favorite children’s book author, and he has more than 70 books to his name! These stories will entertain me for many months to come.

Read more: The End of the Beginning

The Year of Billy Miller

Blue Bird, Gray Day painting by DJ Geribo

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes was very sweet, a feel good book for 7 or 8 year olds. I like the way the author set up the year in quarters by talking about a specific person in his life; his teacher, his dad, his sister, and his mom.

Read more: The Year of Billy Miller

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My Books

The House at the Top of the Trees is now available for purchase!!!

Nat and Devon love riding their bikes more than anything else. But on this day, the road they've ridden on so many times before takes them to a place they never could have imagined. Is it a kid's paradise or a prison from which there is no escape?

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Upcoming Events

New LRAA Gallery Opens

The Lakes Region Art Association now has a gallery space to show and sell their members' artwork.

Grand Opening for the gallery:
Saturday November 7th from Noon to 8pm and Sunday November 8 from Noon to 6pm.

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