Microreview: The Gift of the Crocodile, retold by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Reynold Ruffins

The Gift of the Crocodile is a tale from Indonesia’s Spice Islands, retold by Judy Sierra and illustrated in vivid colour by Reynold Ruffins. Why I like this book: It’s a fairy (folk?) tale! Damura, our protagonist, is more complicated than the standard Disney-type fare — no surprise there, as …

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The domovoi’s gaze wandered, and his mouth drooped open. “I am weak,”  he slurred. “And the wood-guard is weak. Our enemy has loosened his chain. Soon he will be free. I cannot keep him out.” “Who is the enemy?” “Appetite,” said the domovoi again. “Madness. Terror. He wants to eat …

Review: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Hardcover, 247 pages Published May 10th 2011 by Feiwel & Friends Source: Purchased “One ought not to judge her: all children are Heartless. They have not grown a heart yet, which is why they can climb high trees and say shocking things and leap so very high grown-up hearts flutter …