Saturday, 6 July 2019

Kiddie's Corner: Mini Reviews #5

Iced Out by CK Smouha

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Release Date:  5th November 2019

The story of a walrus and a narwhal, who, with the help of a beluga, discover that being different can be cool! 

My Thoughts: 
Iced out is a short, sweet, children's story about Wilfred and Neville - a walrus and a narwhal in a class of seals. They don't fit in, they have no friends and they don't even like each other. One day, a new girl, Betty, joins the class - a Beluga whale. Wilfred and Neville are both smitten and in the chaos of competing for Betty's attention the three become fast friends and school was no longer horrible.

Ultimately, it's a book that makes it clear it's okay not to fit in with the masses and that once you find your tribe, you'll be ok for things are better when you are not alone.

The pictures were fun, the language was simple for early readers and all in all it was an enjoyable little book that made us smile.

If The Shoe Fits by Deborah Guarino

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Release Date:  28th November 2019


Ever wonder what might have happened if a certain glass slipper had been placed on the wrong maiden's foot . . . and fit?! In this comic twist on a classic fairy tale, Murray, a humble shoemaker, creates a pair of glass slippers for a frantic fairy godmother when her wand runs out of power, setting off a rollicking chain of events that may force him to disappoint a prince, risk the fairy's wrath, and sacrifice the secret love of his life.

My Thoughts: 
This story was so much fun! A quirky and amusing new take on Cinderella where the fairy godmother gets Cinder's shoes from a shoemaker instead of making them by magic and the prince ends up slipping a slipper onto the foot of the wrong woman! I laughed. A lot.
The story isn't actually about Cinderella herself... It's the tale of Murry - the shoemaker - and his love Mona whose dream is to marry the prince.
The pictures were fun, the story was entertaining and everyone in the house liked this quirky, unconventional, fairytale.

It was wordier than a lot of kid's books so it's definitely one you'll need to read to younger children and the prose has a rhyming rhythm that takes a little getting used to but it worked well at keeping the pace of the story up.

I recommend this for boys and girls alike! It's adorable.

Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes by Jef Aerts and Sanne te Loo

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Release Date:  21st January 2020

Adin and Dina are best friends. They live in the beautiful countryside surrounded by cherry trees. Their favorite game is to plant cherry pits around their little village – in the cracks in the sidewalk and in the flowerbeds outside the post office. Then one day Adin and his family move away to the city. Will Adin and Dina's friendship survive the new distance between them?

My Thoughts: 
I don't have a whole lot to say about this story beyond I highly recommend it! It's a beautifully illustrated and beautifully written story about friendship. Touching, simple and elegant - I was completely caught up in it while reading. It was like a soothing balm to the soul that lingered long after I'd finished reading it bringing warmth and joy.
Absolutely wonderful.

*All books were review copies received via Edelweiss+ *

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