When you open a book and before you even get to the first chapter you read a statement that says “No chickens were hurt during the course of writing this book, because chickens are good and we LIKE chickens” you know the book is going to be a little bit quirky and a lot of funny.
Andy Lee is not someone you think of as an author of a children’s book, well I don’t anyway, I usually associate him adult humour. Andy is quite adamant that the pages shouldn’t be turned….but it is just too tempting of course and well read on to find out more…
“We are all different , as different as can be…But now look closer” and just like that I was engaged from start to finish, the author had captured my attention and imagination from the first page.
The joy in his face and words didn’t stop. He would get so excited about so many details about the book. Constantly pointing to what delighted him most in the book. He and I had never met before, yet he was not afraid to share his happiness with me.
I loved this Thea Stilton Graphic novel and thought it gave a beautifully strong message to young girls and boys to believe in themselves, and that they can do anything you put your mind to!
I find great value in stories like Antoinette because to a child it is simply a story about a dog, her family, her friends, discovering abilities and one missing friend Ooh-La-La!
Nate reminds me of your typically pre teen and teen (yes I am stereotyping here, and no I probably shouldn’t be), looking a little crazy in the school picture (not from lack of trying to look ‘normal’), driving teachers a little exasperated and denying he is on a date (it was the only seat left…really it was).
I was led on a journey getting to know Jordan/Julian and her/his desire to be accepted, to have her time in the spotlight only having to disguise herself to do it and bonding with a group of guys all unique and valued in their own way.