Picture Book Saturday: Sally Lightfoot's Journey (C.S. Walkingheart)

The Deets:
audience: wee ones
pages: 42
publisher: Pilothead Press (April 22, 2012)
ASIN: B007WS81CC
genre: picture book
Find it on Amazon
source: copy from author in exchance for a review



SALLY COVER TEXT 1.jpg
Sally Lightfoot, an incredibly colorful shore crab, is swept out to sea in this brilliantly-colored children's picture book adventure. While on her impromptu expedition she encounters many exotic creatures (such as jellyfish-eating sea slugs), not all of which are friendly. Will Sally make it back to shore?




This is honestly one of the better picture books I've read in a while. I wish it was traditionally published, and not just an e-book.

The illustrations were great. Very detailed and fully of vibrant colors. I loved them all! The colorful reef images were so bright and realistic looking.

The best part of this book is actually the story. It was told in a rhyming format that was not forced or silly. Each of the ryhymes fit perfectly together to tell a great adventure story. It seems that too often I read picture books that have fantastic illustrations, but the story itself is lacking. Well, not this time. It's the full package. If that's not enough, there is even an index in the back to tell you about some of the lesser known sea creatures. I had no idea there was really a Sally Lightfoot crab!

I really enjoyed this one. I think any child that enjoys the ocean or sea creatures would find something to love about Sally Lightfoot's Journey.


Minute review: Poison (Bridget Zinn)

The deets:
Audience: MG or YA
pages: 288
publisher: March 12th 2013 by Disney Hyperion
ISBN: 9781423139935
genre: fairytale
source: eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review




PoisonSixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.



In one word: cute.

I didn't expect this to have such a MG feel to it, but it was okay. I am such a sucker for fairytales that I was fully able to enjoy a story that was a little too squeaky clean to be YA.

I found this to be a fun read, but not really remarkable. I loved that the main character was so fierce. She really did not need anyone to save her. She was fully capable of taking care of herself. But of course, it wouldn't be a fairytale if it stayed that way. Enter Fred. Such a dreamy bloke with a great sense of humor and a heart of gold.

Of course, not everyone is what they appear to be. Right? Right.

That's all I'm really going to say about that. This was a fun, light read. Nothing heavy or thought provoking. Certainly not life-altering. Just fun and enjoyable. There was one little surprise that I didn't anticipate, but I won't tell you what that was!

If you enjoy fairytales, this is a perfect addition to your book shelf.

 


Mini-review: Debris (Kurtis Wiebe)

The Deets:
Audience: YA/MG
Pages: 128
Publisher: February 19, 2013 Diamond Book Distributors
ISBN: 9781607067207
genre: graphic novel
source: e-arc from Netgalley



Debris TPB
In the far future, humanity has doomed planet Earth to rot and decay, covering her surface with garbage.

Now, ancient spirits called the Colossals rise from the debris and attack the remaining survivors, forcing the human race to the brink of extinction.

After an attack leaves their people without water, Maya, the last Protector, sets out on a journey for pure water, to save the world before the monsters bring it all to an end.
 
 
The cover image doesn't do much to show you what this book will be about. Debris was one part Alien, one part Transformers, and one part something else. Like the synopsis says, the story takes place far in the future. In this grim future, Maya, a kick butt heroine has to set out to save her people-- the remaining few of humanity.

Her quest takes her to some very dark places. She battles monsters that look like they could be from Transformers/Aliens. Maya is pretty hard core, which I thought was awesome. I was fully expecting a male leading role in Debris, so finding a girl willing to swing a sword and slice up aliens was epic. The story was original, and paced out pretty well. Like most graphic novels, the plot is too condensed. But that's graphic novels, eh?

What really stood out was the amazing illustrations. Every page was full of great details and vibrant colors. The characters' faces were very expressive... all the way down to their eyes. I think the illustrations really made this book. They were able to capture the futurustic feel perfectly, while still retaining some of the believability of a story set on earth.


The Lost Girl read-along: Week 2

Last week we read and discussed the first 54 pages of Sangu Mandanna's The Lost Girl. This week we are finishing up part one by reading pages 55-100. Didn't get a chance to share your brilliance last week, or new to the read-along? No worries. You can check out that post HERE.



As you read this week, think about this:

Sean tells Eva that there's nothing wrong with being an echo and that she represents hope. How is Sean's argument true? How is it not true? What else might echoes represent?




For week 3, we will be starting part 2 of The Lost Girl. I will post the discussion questions next Sunday, so check back then to post! Remember, you get 2 entries in the giveaway for every comment you leave on the blog, plus an additional 1 entry for posting on the Facebook page (LINK HERE). So don't be shy! It doesn't matter when you post either, just as long as it's before we finish the book.

Week 1 discussion questions here.

Week 2 discussion questions here.

Week 3 discussion questions here.

Week 4 discussion questions here.

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