Reviews from Educators & other Professionals

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“…signature prose—marked by inventive, engaging and especially lyrical fiction…Annabelle, does not disappoint, and her vibrant and unique narration leads the readers…through a story filled with adventure, uncommon insights, and the curiosities that exist in the mind of a child.”  by poet Amy Allara –  September 7, 2015


“…nothing short of original — and filled with vibrant, intelligent, and engaging prose for the young reader.  The title of the series itself is an excellent cue as to what one can expect to find — an inventive narration by the title character and well-written, accessible yet still imaginative dialogue between characters.”

“From the very first line, a line that very well could be lifted from a poem’s stanza due to its phrasing, the reader is invited into a story that taps into a world of surprises, secrets, playfulness and emotion. Woodring clearly knows how to engage a young reader but is also willing to challenge them with exuberant and inventive descriptions of everyday activities.  In her writing, she also acknowledges and validates that children possess a certain level of emotional intelligence and trusts that her readers will be able to understand Annabelle’s experiences by way of her realistic and smart narration.  Sometimes this can be a missing element in children’s literature as there can exist an assumption that such emotional intelligence is not yet in place at such young ages.”

“The expressive illustrations by Kasia Simura succeed in bringing Woodring’s prose to life, and offering readers a chance to see the characters and scenes but still leaving room for a child’s imagination to fill in the rest throughout.”

It’s lovely when readers take time to share their enthusiasm. Thank you!