BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Nothing Special by Desiree Cooper

TITLE: Nothing Special

AUTHOR: Desiree Cooper


PUBLISHER: Wayne State University Press, 2022


Six-year-old Jax can’t wait to leave Detroit and spend a week with his grandparents in coastal Virginia, where he’s sure he’ll be spoiled with the kinds of special things he enjoys at home: toys, movies, and hamburgers. As he dreams of the adventures he’ll have, his PopPop has other ideas. He fills their days with timeless summer fun-crabbing, shucking corn, and counting fireflies.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : Everything about this book brings back overwhelming memories of growing up in the deep South. Going with the family to the nearest rocky beach for some crab hunting. Making homemade kites and flying them in the nearest open field. Shucking all the corn dumped on our front porch by the traveling vegetable man. I have some of the same sweet memories Jax has to take back home! And the lovely illustrations remind me of Claymation’s cartoon characters I would wait all year long to watch on TV each Christmas season. Nothing special memories for some folk, but they meant the world to me. A great addition to any library!

RATING: ***** 5 Stars*****


1 star…probably not worth your time

2 stars…there are some things to like but some elements could have been stronger.

3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers, but others might find it lacking something.

4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.

5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!


What do books and a martial arts tournament have in common? For Alex, Billy, and Nathan…A LOT! Based loosely on a true story, follow these three friends as they work to raise enough money to enter their school’s tournament. Who will win, who will lose, and who will learn a valuable lesson? Read THE WARRIORS THREE to find out! 

Fourth Degree Black Belt and award-winning children’s author, Donna L Martin, creates a sports adventure story for any boy or girl who has ever struggled with self-confidence or wanting to give up on their dreams of winning at something.

Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.

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