A Bevy of 4-Star Books to Delight Readers

  • Robert Desmarais


Dear Readers,

We are delighted to recommend a diverse group of children’s books for your reading pleasure. Remarkably, more than half of the books in this issue were “highly recommended” by Deakin reviewers, so I wanted to take this opportunity to explain the significance of a 4-star rating. Our reviewers are looking for books with captivating stories from start to finish that are worthy of reading over and over. Many of the books we review are illustrated, so we also pay close attention to the artful marriage of words and pictures. A four-star rating demands excellence in the book’s design and writing quality, and of course, the book should have a story that inspires readers to think and learn. It certainly isn’t easy to earn a 4-star review from our reviewers, and for that reason, I would like to congratulate the authors, illustrators, and publishing teams who produced the eight books that earned a 4-star rating in this issue: Cheerful Chick, Down by the River, Gluten Free is Part of Me, Here Comes Rhinoceros, That’s Not Hockey, Una Huna?: What Is This?, What’s My Superpower?, and You Hold Me Up. The creators of these excellent books deserve commendation for a job well done, and we owe them our thanks for capturing our interest and imagination.

I am thrilled to see so many books recommended by Deakin reviewers for their overall quality and I hope you’ll find something in this issue to fire your imagination.

Happy reading!

Robert Desmarais, Managing Editor

How to Cite
DesmaraisR. (2019). A Bevy of 4-Star Books to Delight Readers. The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, 8(3). https://doi.org/10.20361/dr29425