Book Review: Ammi-Joan Paquette

I discovered a fabulous mix of reality and fantasy in Ammi-Joan Paquette’s Tiptoe Guides. The photography and illustrations combine to create a child’s adventure exploring what might be hiding in the water or flowers they see around them.

The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids leads the reader along the shore, allowing them to discover tide pools where baby mermaids love to splash and treasures that might catch a mermaid’s attention. The reader follows the mermaids as they feast, chase dolphins and play hide-and-seek in the coral reef with their seahorse buddies. A glimpse of the fantasy world of a mermaid in the real places we see along the shore make this a book young readers will choose more than once.

The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies is a similar adventure as the reader looks for clues in everyday places where fairies might be. In the tulips, under the waterfall and blossoms on a tree are all places where the reader may find some fairy magic. Bareback chipmunk riding and hide-and-seek provide some fairy entertainment.

Both books are a beautiful look from our world into a fantasy world that will attract young, adventurous readers.

Ammi-Joan is multi-talented. Not only is she the author of these and other books, but she is also a literary agent. We are excited to welcome her as an agent working with the conference next week.