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10 Books I Loved (But Failed to Review) in 2018


Since this blog began over a decade ago, the number of reviews I write has fallen each year. The reason makes no sense: reviews can be difficult and time-consuming to write. Wait. That makes perfect sense.

So here, then, are 10 books I loved but didn’t review in 2018. Check them out if you get a chance.

The Field

The Field by Baptiste Paul, illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara

Princess and the Pit Stop

The Princess and the Pit Stop by Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Dan Santat


Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu

Rescue and Jessica

Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky, Patrick Downes, illustrated by Scott Magoon

All Summer Long

All Summer Long by Hope Lars0n

The Fish and the Cat

The Fish and the Cat by Marianne Dubuc

New Shoes

New Shoes by Sara Varon

A History of Pictures

A History of Pictures for Children by David Hockney, Martin Gayford, illustrated by Rose Blake

My Worst Book Ever

My Worst Book Ever! by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Bruce Ingman


Thirty Minutes Over Oregon by Marc Tyler Nobleman, illustrated by Melissa Iwai

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I hear you on Thirty Minutes Over Oregon. Wish I’d gotten to it too.