About the Book
Title: The Ifs | Author: J.D. Pooker | Illustrator: Frank Walls | Publication Date: April 22, 2013 | Publisher: Little Devil Books | Pages: 146 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12
Summary: 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…
Noises in their room that are not the cat.
Homework is mysteriously finished.
A broken shoelace repairs all by itself.
Clothes are put in the hamper on their own.
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.
Excerpts and Links to Reviews of “The Ifs”
The Ifs received 33 new reviews on Amazon, 30 new reviews on Goodreads, and 17 bloggers posted reviews on their websites through this Book Review Blitz.
Angela Burkhead: “The Ifs is a tale of brotherhood, loyalty, and knightly valor as two human brothers fight in a great battle to save the Ifs from their rival tribes. But which tribe is in the right? Borrowing from such beloved stories as The Borrowers, Pooker adds a unique twist in creating a group of ‘little people’ who are seemingly self sufficient and militarized…”
Vincent N. (Goodreads): “Kind of reminded me of the movie “Epic” or Disney’s “Rescuers Down Under.” There is some action and the storyline itself, and with that I mean what’s actually happening, stirs the imagination.”
1977 Books: “A good and exciting read for a middle school age child. I like the message this story projected, brothers no matter what!”
Jane Ritz: ” “The Ifs” is a fabulous mystery for children 3-5th grade. It reminds me of “Where the wild Things Are” in a good and strange kind of way.”
SOS-Supply: “This book has it all – fighting, plotting, sibling rivalry, weird experiences, adventure, mystery and battles. In short, everything that appeals to middle school readers. The plot rolls along at a good pace and hooks you in from the very start, with believable characters that are easily related to – we all know a Landon and a Broden, right..? A must-have for any child’s library with real-life lessons built in.”
Christy’s Cozy Corners: “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.”
Hotcha (Amazon): “What a great story about two brothers who often fought like brothers do and competed against each other.”
Badboatygirl (Amazon): “Great book for all middle school ages, boys and girls!! Fantasy lovers will love this, as well as adventure and anyone who loves a good story.”
Naznin Azeez: “I am in love with this book!. Action packed, adventurous and thrilling!”
Bound 4 Escape: “This is a fun story for middle school age readers, especially since these are normal boys put in an unusual situation that could happen to anyone If there are truly Ifs.”
Darleen W. (Goodreads): “Growing up is tough business, and often our children wage these wars alone. I give a thumbs up to authors who take to heart these issues and open delightful ways for children to draw strength and insight into their own battles.”
Lazy Day Literature: “A great story with fantasy elements that all young children will love!”
Amy B. (Amazon): “This is the perfect story for a child that loves to let their imagination run away with them.”
Autumn (Goodreads): “Overall a good book one that is good for middle age children to read.”
Kathy D. (Amazon): “This is a wonderful story of brotherly love,it will keep you interested from the start,chapter to chapter it takes you on a ride of adventure and scary fun.”
A TiffyFit’s Reading Corner: ” This was such a wonderful book to read, even as an adult. The camaraderie and competition between the two brothers was spot-on from my experience with children and was enjoyable to read!”
Enrique H. (Amazon): “This classic tale reminds me of being a young boy full of imagination and awe. J.D. Pooker did a fine job in describing many scenes both with action and scenery. I almost felt like I was in primary school waiting to juggle homework and playtime!”
Sarah P. H. (Amazon): “I loved the author’s attention to, not only the brothers own emotions, but their astute perception of the feelings and motivations of those around them.”
Niki D. (Amazon): “This story is filled with typical sibling fighting, teasing, bickering, fun, faith, loyalty and love. Thrown into those daily events is some mystery, magic and things that go bump in the night. There is lots of excitement, battles with scary animals and underlying lessons. I thought this was a fast, fun read and would recommend it to anyone who asked.”
Stitch Says: “This book is packed full of mystery, adventure, action and some brotherly love. It’s a fun read and will be enjoyed by both girls and boys.”
ReaderMom (Amazon): “I thought the premise of the book was great: two bickering brothers who actually do love each other, and a hidden tribe of tiny forest people warring with each other.”
BeachBoundBooks: “The Ifs is a lively adventure filled with sibling rivalry, bizarre creatures, dangerous battles, and brotherly love, a winning combination for a captivating read.”
Pam B (Amazon): “It is a great adventure where brotherhood, friendship and courage are being highlighted.”
Sally Writes: “Any middle grader will enjoy this adventure and won’t want to put the book down.”
Cindy B. (Goodreads): “Along the way, they discover that their brother bond is strong and that while they may not always get along, they do love each other. They also learn that not all brother bonds remain strong.”
A Bit Bookish: “I’m absolutely adding this to [my daughter]’s kindle app. She’ll absolutely love all of the action of the battles and the whole adventure. I feel like it would be a great book for most 4th & 5th graders.”
Mommnynificent: “This is an excellent book for boys who are reluctant readers; I think they will relate to it and really enjoy it!”
Rockin’ Book Reviews: “What begins as a slow story soon becomes action-packed.”
Ashleigh S. (Goodreads): “Even more engrossing than Horton and the Whos. The Ifs is a powerful tale.”
Kay LaLone ~ I Love Books!: “I loved this book… Active characters. Great adventure. I’d recommend this book especially for boys between the ages of 7 – 12.”
Arlene M. (Amazon): “A great brotherly story. It keeps them laughing and intrigued!”
Becca W. (Amazon): “I really enjoyed this story of two brothers and the battles and choices that they face. The world with creatures, battles and some love needed brother to brother kept me captivated. You will totally relate to this novel if you have any siblings of what trials and tribulations that siblings can go through.”
Wild About Reading “Donalisa” (Amazon): “The Ifs is a cute and an imaginative story about two brothers that put aside their sibling fighting to help save a world that they didn’t know existed from evil. This book made me think of the Borrowers, one of my favorite books when I was a kid.”
Jemima Pett: “This is a delightfully written story about adventure and things that might live unseen in an ordinary world. It takes play into a serious concern for freedom and self-determination. It considers moral stances, teamwork, bravery and loyalty. But most of all it considers fun!”
About the 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.