Yolanda Ridge

Children's Author

Plastic, Ahoy!




My friend, Patricia Newman, has a new book out that is perfect for Earth Day!

Check out my review on the Authors for Earth Day facebook page.

Plastic, Ahoy! is aimed at students in grades 4-8. But it’s also an interesting and important read for anyone who uses plastic – in other words, everyone!


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Don’t Turn the Page!

dontTitle: Don’t Turn the Page!

Author: Rachelle Burk

Illustrator: Julie Downing

Publisher: Creston Books

Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge

ISBN: 987-1-939547-06-4

I have to admit, when I first saw the title of this book, I expected a funny adaptation of:

Mo Willems’ “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” or

Mélanie Watt’s “Have I Got a Book for You!” or

Michaela Muntean’s Do Not Open This Book!

But the similarity to these titles ends with the exclamation mark.

Instead, Don’t Turn the Page! is a cozy book within a book that belongs on the bedside of every toddler. Starting with the beautiful cover, this book encourages parents and kids to snuggle up together and get ready for bed. But like most toddlers, Sami the porcupine doesn’t want to go to bed because she is not tired. Gently and patiently, Mama plays along – getting Sami to read a book about a sleepy cub as he goes through his own bedtime routine. And before Mama can turn the page, Sami’s putting on her pyjamas, brushing her teeth, and cuddled into bed.

With beautiful illustrations and a rhythmic narrative that gradually slows as the story progresses, Don’t Turn the Page! will not get kids excited like the pigeon- but it will put them to sleep. Exactly the outcome every parent wants at the end of a busy day.

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What a dinner party taught me about writing fiction


My latest post on the

Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors

dinner parties

and fiction writing.

What’s the connection?

Bon Appetit!

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Dear Lucky Agent

My WIP (which has been “in progress” for almost three years) is finally ready to query!  I’m in the process of gathering a list of potential agents (fingers crossed) and came across this lucky agent contest with Writer’s Digest.

So I’m throwing my hat in the ring (or ring in the hat, as I told my husband) and hoping the logline and first 200 words of Inside Hudson Pickle will appeal to Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency.

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Fox Talk

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Author: L. E. Carmichael

Photographer: Jody Bronson

Publisher: Ashby-BP Publishing (August, 2013)

Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge

ISBN: 9780988163874

Interest: Ages 7 and up

In the interest of self-disclosure, the author of this wonderful non-fiction book for kids is a friend of mine. But when I picked up the book at our local library, I did not expect to love it so much.  And my 8-year-old son found it just as fascinating.  An interesting topic, laid out in an easy to understand format, I highly recommend Fox Talk for children of all ages (and adults)! Although I won’t be getting a pet fox anytime soon, it helped me understand – and appreciate – animal communication.nI’ll be listening closer next time my cat meows or dog barks.

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Saying No

Here’s a link to my somewhat grinchy post on the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors;

 Saying No


Happy Holidays, everyone.  See you in 2014!

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Interesting link on facebook

Writing tips from Santa, Frosty, Rudolph, and the Gingerbread Man!

Courtesy of Darcy Pattison.  Happy Holidays!


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First Lutheran

Today I got to meet the students at First Lutheran School in Kelowna!  We connected via FaceTime so I was able to read them a few pages from Trouble in the Trees and answer their questions from the comfort of my home in Rossland!  I wish we’d had more time together but it was great to watch them dance and hear them protest on screen. My thanks to Janine Draper for inviting me into the school to virtually celebrate their literacy week!

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Grade Reading

I’m please to announce that the grade reading sites has found a new administrator!  Due to the complications imposed by shipping and e-reader compatibility, I will no longer be contributing reviews to the site but I encourage you to go and browse through all the book selections.  Here’s a link to one of my favourite grade one books  to get you started:

In the Tree House by Andrew Larsen and Dušan Petričić


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Heaven in Paved with Oreos

With a new job doing freelance writing for our local paper (Rossland News) I haven’t had much time to do book reviews, but I did get the opportunity to interview Catherine Murdock about her new book, Heaven is Paved with Oreos.

Check out my Mixed-Up Files interview and enter to win a copy of the book which features D.J. Swank of the amazing Dairy Queen Trilogy.


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