Author: J.D. Pooker
Illustrator: Frank Walls
Publication Date: April 22, 2013
Publisher: Little Devil Books
Recommended Ages: 8 to 12
Landon and Broden are brothers. And some days they DO NOT get along very well. They spend most of their days fighting, arguing and plotting ways to get revenge on each other. Then, strange things start happening…
The brothers want to share their weird experiences, but they don’t know if they can trust each other. But when they find out who’s behind all the strange things around the house, they are called to battle. Battle? Whoa! Right there in the forest by their house! A battle with the most unusual creatures and wildest of beasts. And when the battle turns more dangerous than they imagined, Landon and Broden must face their fears, put their grudges aside and learn how to work together.
If you have a child with a big imagination, they will enjoy reading about The Ifs. The Ifs remind me a lot of The Littles. When I was young, I loved The Littles! Just imagine, tiny people living in or around your house. How cool would that be? Landon and Broden find out that it is very cool…and very dangerous! They find that not all Ifs are what they claim to be. They get caught up in an epic battle and learn that sometimes it’s better to just get along.
This is such a cute story about brothers, rivalry, and learning to live with your brother (or sister!). The characters are well-written and endearing. The storyline moves quickly and has some very suspenseful moments! Young children will be captivated by The Ifs.
I recommend it for Middle Grade readers, though younger children will enjoy having it read to them as well.
About Author J.D. Pooker
J.D. Pooker lives in wonderful Wyoming with her husband and two sons, along with a black lab named Ryder and a sweet kitty named Alia. J.D. likes to spend time with her family and go camping, fishing, and snowmobiling.
Her sons are the inspiration for writing children’s stories. She wants to encourage them to be readers and show them how powerful and exciting the imagination can be. She wants them to see that countless worlds exist, and all it takes to get there is a good book.