BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: The Missing Pairs by Yvonne Ivinson

TITLE: The Missing Pairs


PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2021

SYNOPSIS: Fox is missing a sock. Hare is missing a mitten. Badger is missing a boot. But what’s the use of wearing socks, mittens, and boots if you don’t wear a pair? Luckily, Fox, Hare, and Badger have a friend named Bear.And Bear knows just what to do Bear will solve the mystery of the missing pairs. Or will he?

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : When I first picked up this book, I thought about one of my favorite picture book authors, Jan Brett and her book, The Mitten. I wondered if this was going to be a poor “copycat” of Ms. Brett’s story. I’m happy to report I was pleasantly surprised by this unique twist to a story about woodland creatures and their missing winter wear! Author/Illustrator Yvonne Ivinson brings to life Fox, Hare, and Badger’s search for who might have taken their missing sock, mitten, and boot. Friend Bear reaches out a helping hand and soon this foursome is on an adventure of a lifetime. I was NOT expecting the adorable ending. Young readers will have a hard time picking their favorite character in this tale of friendship and perseverance. 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 could elements 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!


“Eight-year-old Hailey loved wearing hats! She had a special hat for almost every adventure of the week! But what happens when she runs out of hats? Who will she be then?

HAILEY’S HATS celebrates one child’s imagination, while challenging ALL children to take another look in the mirror to see the fabulous person looking back at them!

***Ebook on sale now for $2.99! Softcover also available! (***

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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