Ben Faulks has captured my imagination and got me to run with it to discover who I am, just as the boy in the book does. The boy goes on a journey of self discovery and awareness that is portrayed in a way to make you laugh and be at ease with differences.
I don’t normally do this but I have to be honest with my readers, I just couldn’t read this book…Yep you heard me right, I tried and tried and I juggled my way through the first couple of chapters. I wanted to enjoy reading about those ghosts…
This book is like DisneyLand, as your make your way through it there are surprises on every page, discoveries to be made and clues to follow. When this book arrived on my doorstep I literally said “WOW”, I knew in an instant that this would be a most treasured and loved book.
Without a doubt this picture filled book of facts about awesome animals will be running off the shelves. I am serious, this book is not only packed full of interesting information but its also a colourful wonderland that will have your least enthusiastic reader turning the pages wanting to learn more.
One thing I have noticed working in a library is that the children always rush to the Non Fiction area, and I think there is something wonderful about that. It is like they have a thirst for knowledge even though they don’t realise just what they are going to be gaining from reading or looking through these books. The Story of Paintings: A History of Art for Children is recommended for children over the age of 7, but this book can be also be used in so many ways for children even younger.
For me a good book involves being totally lost in a story and it never matters to me whether it is a book for children or an adult. I got lost in this beautiful story of Quil, Bailey and the other interesting characters that live in Hoopers Bend. The book begins with Quil finding a china mug with her unusual and not so popular name written on it.