Book spotlight: Buckaroo Buckeye: A Little Nut with Big Dreams by Kristin Anderson Cetone

Book Details:

Book Title:  Buckaroo Buckeye: A Little Nut with Big Dreams
Author: Kristin Anderson Cetone
Illustrator: Nadia Komorova
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  36 pages
Genre:  Friendship, Social Skills & School Life, Bullies, Growing Up & Facts of Life
Publisher:  KLAC Enterprises, LLC
Release date:  September 1, 2012
Tour dates: May 21 to June 15, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Winner of the Mom’s Choice Silver and OneBookAZ Awards!

There’s a new cowboy in town! Hit the trail with Buckaroo Buckeye, a lovable little nut who falls from his tree in Ohio, as he dodges the bumps and bullies along the way in a magical journey to find his true place in the world.

Created by Reading Specialist Kristin Cetone, Buckaroo Buckeye teaches children 4-8 to: • Learn to ignore bullies
• Improve their self-esteem
• Connect with reading
• “Dream, Believe and Achieve” no matter their size!

Your child will be inspired by Buckaroo’s determination in this touching story with unforgettable characters illustrated by Nadia Komorova. Get yours today!

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Meet the author:

Buckaroo Buckeye grew out of author Kristin Anderson Cetone’s imagination and joy of reading.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, she traveled many miles before putting down roots in the Arizona desert. Influenced by family, education, life experiences, and a desire to teach others, Mrs. Cetone discovered her purpose—just like Buckaroo Buckeye did.

Her true calling and passion is writing and helping others become successful readers. She created Buckaroo to encourage children to believe in themselves and follow their dreams while dodging the bumps and bullies along the way. Reading will help guide the way. Being a Reading Specialist, she has also created Nuts About Reading™ an informal, supplemental, online reading service. She shares her insights and suggestions to help parents strengthen their children’s reading process and become successful readers.

Her joy now is to inspire and help kids to find the Buckaroo Buckeye in themselves.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram


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Book review: Florence & Leon by Simon Boulerice

  • Title & author:  Florence & Leon by Simon Boulerice
  • Publisher:  Quebec Amerique / Orca Book Publishers
  • Date published:  April 9, 2018
  • Pages:  32
  • Genre:  friendship, disability, shared experiences

DESCRIPTION:  Florence and Leon have never met. Florence is a swimming instructor. She has a small problem with her lungs: it’s as if she’s breathing through a straw. Leon is an insurance salesman. He has a small problem with his eyes: it’s as if he’s seeing the world through a straw. One day Florence and Leon bump into each other, literally, and this mishap turns their lives upside down. Over slushy drinks with proper straws, Florence and Leon find out how their differences make them alike.

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MEET THE AUTHOR:  Award-winning Québécois author Simon Boulerice writes principally for the theater but has also published novels for adults and children as well as poetry collections. Florence & Léon (QuébecAmérique) was nominated for the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Illustration (French). Simon still does the splits at least once a day.

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How long does it take to fall in love? 32 pages and a striped straw!

What a delightful and intimate story of two very different people who meet unexpectedly with a “bump”.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this book was originally written in French and want to read it in that language as well.  The English translation was well done.

This would make a wonderful gift for a sweetheart.





Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms by Robert Paul Weston

  • Title and author:  Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms by Robert Paul Weston and Misa Saburi
  • Publisher:  Penguin Random House
  • Published:  February 20, 2018
  • Pages:  40 pages
  • Genre:  Children’s literature / children’s picture books / culture


Sakura’s dad gets a new job in America, so she and her parents make the move from their home in Japan. When she arrives in the States, most of all she misses her grandmother and the cherry blossom trees, under which she and her grandmother used to play and picnic. She wonders how she’ll ever feel at home in this new place, with its unfamiliar language and landscape. One day, she meets her neighbor, a boy named Luke, and begins to feel a little more settled. When her grandmother becomes ill, though, her family takes a trip back to Japan. Sakura is sad when she returns to the States and once again reflects on all she misses. Luke does his best to cheer her up — and tells her about a surprise he knows she’ll love, but she’ll have to wait till spring. In the meantime, Sakura and Luke’s friendship blooms and finally, when spring comes, Luke takes her to see the cherry blossom trees flowering right there in her new neighborhood.

Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms captures the beauty of the healing power of friendship through Weston’s Japanese poetry-inspired text and Saburi’s breathtaking illustrations.

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Meet the author:   Robert Paul Weston’s first novel was Zorgamazoo, a Booklist top ten debut of 2008. Born in the UK and raised in Canada, Robert Paul Weston lives in Toronto, where he currently teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto.

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This little story is about Sakura, a Japanese girl whose life is transplanted from Japan to America. She misses her grandmother, Obaachan and the little things they would do together in the spring when the cherry trees were blooming. Sakura finds learning a new language to be a bit tricky, as English sounds are very different from Japanese words. Her new little friend Luke is helping her adapt to her new life in America, such as making snow angels (I adore the snow angel picture!)

The story is written in a series of traditional tanka poems. A lovely little book that teaches children that, although learning a new language and culture can be difficult, it can have it’s own rewards and joys.

Book review: Chloe in India by Kate Darnton


  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (January 12, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553535048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553535044


A poignant and delightful story involving class, race, social customs, and a unique friendship that questions them all.
Though they’re divided by class, language, appearance—you name it—Chloe and Lakshmi have a lot in common. Both girls are new to Class Five at Premium Academy in New Delhi, India, and neither seems to fit in. But they soon discover how extraordinary an ordinary friendship can be and how celebrating our individuality can change the world.

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BLink_Kate_Darnton_2045224gMeet the author:

Kate Darnton is a writer and book editor from Boston. She lived with her family in New Delhi for five years. They now live in Amsterdam.




This book appealed to me because the setting takes place in New Delhi, India.  Chloe’s family has relocated from Boston and she has been enrolled in a private school called Premium Academy.  She feels out of sorts, and is reluctant to make friends.  She’s a bit of a rebel or “firecracker” and often finds herself in uncomfortable situations.

The author lived in New Delhi for five years so her descriptions of of the city were delightful.  This is how she describes the time before the monsoon rains come:

Delhi heat is heavy and wet and there is no escaping it.  It’s all around you, every day, pushing against your skin, into your lungs. It’s like living in a greenhouse with no walls.

Having experienced this myself I could really relate to what Chloe was feeling at the time. She’s morose, lonely and envious of the pretty Indian girls with their long, black, silky hair. Learning Hindi isn’t easy for her, not like her sister Anna, her complete opposite in character. Chloe tries to fit in with the most popular girl in school (whose father is extremely wealthy) and with time succeeds.

Then along comes Lakshmi, a new girl in school who doesn’t seem to have any friends. Lakshmi is different from the other girls and as their friendship grows, Chloe discovers in Lakshmi a resilience of character and loyalty that she doesn’t find with the other girls in school.

Although this story revolves around the two girls, the plot twists and turns and evolves into other issues that affect the daily life of people in the city.  This was such a good book, I couldn’t put it down.  It should be placed in all middle grade school libraries.  I would love to see a sequel to this story!

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.