Welcome to the new series where you can share your reviews for any children’s books you have read recently and posted on your blog, Amazon, Goodreads or any other online bookstore. If you would like more details here is the post that explains how it works: Showcasing Children’s books
The first review is shared by children’s author Annabelle Franklin for A Reluctant Little Prince by Jean M. Cogdell.
About the book
This little boy wants to know what he will be when he grows up. An astronaut or maybe the President? One thing he knows for sure, he can’t be a “Little Prince,” if his mommy’s not a Queen. What will he be when he grows up?
This story is written in simple rhyme and filled with sweet illustrations of a “Little Prince” with a big imagination and a lot of questions.
Young boys will enjoy hearing how one “Little Prince” discovers a world of possibilities.
Annabelle’s Review for the Book
Young children love humorous rhymes, especially when combined with colourful pictures. This delightful tale has both, as the small hero dreams of all the wonderful things he could do with his life. Favourite lines: ‘And when I’m Mr President/I’ll give everyone new toys/Each day will be a holiday/For all the girls and boys’. If only!
I can see this book becoming a firm favourite at bedtime – fun for parents to read aloud, and great fun for children to listen to while they look at the pictures.
Other children’s books by Jean M. Cogdell
Books by the reviewer Annabelle Franklin
One of the Reviews for The Slapstyx on Goodreads
Even though this book was written for the 8 – 10 year age range of readers, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were well rounded – both the good and the not-so-good ones with well developed desires and motivations for their actions. The trouble the young sisters found themselves in was presented with enough humor I couldn’t decide if I wanted to laugh or shake the adults silly.
None of the characters were predictable until after you had gotten to know them a little bit, which is refreshing with younger books. Each of them had their own unique voice, which made keeping track of who was talking very easy.
The setting was well done. Even the fantastical elements highlighted the realism, rather than detracted from it. I have seen a picture of the house that inspired this story. Even without that picture, I could easily envision the surroundings and where everything was from the quietly written descriptions and the explanations presented in the dialogue. When the story entered purely into the fantasy realms, there was a definite sense of surrealism for the good guys, and a bit of dry humor to keep the darker aspects of the bad guys from being oppressive.
Through out, the dry wit displayed in Annabelle’s writing kept the plot fresh and interesting while the character driven plot twisted and turned through the ride of childhood’s unwanted interest, ability to get into things they shouldn’t, and frightening results. The pace of the story was well done, and had several places that could serve as a stopping point after a bed time read without interfering with the flow of the narrative should someone be reading this straight through.
The tone of the work handled the age appropriate language with grace, and never sounded condescending of a younger audience. Even the not-so-pleasant ingredients that make up some of the dirty problems were not just age appropriate, but done with the typical understated British humor. (Mind you, I’m American, so I may have missed some of the humor or found some that wasn’t intended.)
I think you get the idea of how this works and it would be great if you could help promote children’s books by sharing your reviews with us.. just put the link to one or two in the comments and if I need more information from you I will ask you to email me..
Thanks for dropping by and I hope you are leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.