Book Review: The Werewolf of Davenport

Hello all, I’m here with the last slightly spooky read of the season before we get into holiday books!!! I have some outstanding Christmas books for you all this year and I can’t wait to tell you all about them, but first….

The Werewolf of Davenport (2017, Branford Books, Middle grade fantasy)

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In this sequel to The Midnight Glass, the reader is once again transported to the mysterious town of Davenport where a host of magical and mythical creatures live and work together. The sun now shines in the town once known for eternal darkness, but for Wyatt Dumont the dark times aren’t over. As the gatekeeper, he faces difficult decisions about who to allow into the city, and even more troublesome are the recent attacks by a vicious werewolf. Now Wyatt is seeing a ghost girl and he can’t help but wonder if everything is connected.

As the city adjusts to the sunlight, it seems evil has a greater presence than ever and the citizens wonder if sunlight might be a greater curse than the darkness.

The Werewolf of Davenport, written by D.T. Vaughn, is an exceptional sequel to The Midnight Glass. I reviewed The Midnight Glass last year, and was impressed by it, and I think this sequel is even more exciting and developed than its predecessor.

The characters are more developed and we see Wyatt’s friendships grow, as well as him as a person. The villains are wonderfully frightening and new creatures are introduced. With lots of twists and turns, middle-grade readers will love this page-turning adventure.

Readers should read the first book before picking this one up, as they might be a bit confused without the backstory.

Overall, an exciting, slightly scary, fantastical adventure that readers 10 and up will want to read late into the night. Highly Recommended! 

4 stars to shine at night in the spooky city of Davenport!


Thank you to Branford Books for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Snickerdoodle Takes the Cake

Snickerdoodle Takes the Cake (2017, Holiday House, Picture Book)

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From the publisher:

When Snickerdoodle gets up before the rest of the family, he is thrilled to find one of Mom’s Famous Lemon Poppy Seed Cakes. Unfortunately it has a note on it that says “Do Not Touch.” In this test of his willpower, Snickerdoodle will attempt to bend the rules, and it will not go well for him. But Snickerdoodle will also use his brainpower to devise a plan that just might save the day.
A charismatic clan of chinchillas confronts everyday problems in this humorous story of family life and foibles.

Review:

Snickerdoodle Takes the Cake, written and illustrated by Ethan Long, is a fun read for young children and might teach them something about patience. Parents might be disappointed to see that Snickerdoodle faces few consequences for his actions, but he works hard to make it up to his family so maybe that is a lesson as well. The text and illustrations are engaging and have potential for an exciting story time. This is not a quiet bedtime read, and would be great to read to a group of children.

A cute story with fun illustrations, sure to get lots of giggles and interaction from young children when read aloud. Recommended for children ages 3 to 6 either as a read aloud or for independent readers to tackle on their own.

3.5 stars


Thank you to Holiday House for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Halloweensie Contest Entry

Surprise Ingredient 

Tonight the witch is busy. 

She’s brewing something new,

With monster toes, werewolf nose,

Turtles, toads, and tail of shrew. 

Then candy corn and hairy horn,

Make the flames leap higher. 

But purple, pink, and scarlet flames,

Are not what she desires. 

“A scary shadow!” She exclaims,

“That’s what I am missing!”

But scary bat and scary cat,

Only set the brew to hissing. 

But just as all seems lost,

Someone knocks upon the door. 

With dainty feet, a girl, petite,

Casts her shadow on the floor. 

Scary thing – this child so bold,

And with a squeal,

The brew turns gold.