Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Little Crooked Bookshelf

by Ellen Potter
Illustrated by Qin Leng

This week's pick is by Cottager Jamie Michalak.

What it's all about . . . 
Piper Green lives on an island, takes a lobster boat to school, and has a Fairy Tree growing in her front yard. For a reason that soon becomes clear, she always wears a pair of green earmuffs -- until her new teacher tells her to remove them. Trouble follows, and Piper turns to the Fairy Tree for help. Is it really magic and can it fix Piper's problems?

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf . . .
We're big fans of Ellen Potter's OLIVIA KIDNEY series, so we couldn't wait to read PIPER GREEN AND THE FAIRY TREE, the first in Ellen's new series of early chapter books. This book didn't disappoint. Just right for kids transitioning to chapter books, this charming and funny story pairs perfectly with Qin Leng's lively black-and-white illustrations.

Our favorite lines . . .
Sleeping with earmuffs is not easy. Especially if your head is extra round, like a bowling ball, which mine is. I probably have the roundest head you've ever met.

Take a peek inside . . .
From PIPER GREEN AND THE FAIRY TREE. Illustration copyright 2015 by Qin Leng.

Why kids will love it . . . 
So many reasons! Here are four: 
1. an island setting
2. a feisty and likeable heroine
3. lots of laugh-out-loud moments
4. and a hint of magic
Readers will want to follow Piper from book to book.

Why grown-ups will love it . . .
Looking for a crowd-pleasing read-aloud this summer? PIPER GREEN AND THE FAIRY TREE and its sequel, TOO MUCH GOOD LUCK*, are just right for sharing -- and making kids giggle. 

Note: Reviewed from an advance copy sent by the publisher. 

*Check out Book Two!


  1. This sounds like sooo much fun! And I am a recent convert to Qin Leng's wonderful artwork. Check out Hana Hahimoto, Sixth Violin and Flock of Shoes. They're gorgeous!

  2. Thanks for the recommendations, Joanne! We'll be sure to check them out.

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  4. wow!!! so great to read such a nice review! I haven't received my advice copy yet, but can't wait to hold it in my hands!

  5. The Little Crooked Cottage has the most entertaining reviews around! Thank you!

  6. Thank you, Qin & Ellen! And thanks for creating such lovely books! xo Mr. Pig