Sunday, December 11, 2016

Book Review: A Squiggly Story (Children's Series)

This is a series I will be running for a little while, highlighting some excellent children's literature. During the coming months, there will be many children's books. Stay tuned to learn more about it. Read previous posts in this series here. 

A cute and fun loving little boy wants to grow up faster. He wants to learn how to write and read just like his big sister can do. Unfortunately, he is just a little fella still. She tries and works with him. Explaining to him, in words, the little guy can understand, start with learning letters.

Little defeated but still eager to learn. He quickly choices the letter "I." He is making squiggle letters, and he turns them into meaningful words in his mind. He shares his story with everyone, his sister, and his whole class, although he can't seem to figure out how to end this masterpiece.

The little girl is a sweetheart. She encourages her brother in ways beyond her years. She tells him that he can do whatever he wants. She is eager to bring out his creative side. Boy, does this little guy have an imagination. He can complete his story.

This little book will inspire your little ones to be writers and attempt to make stories even if they can't write just yet. The book is packed full of cute little illustrations,  adorable conversations that take place in dialogue bubbles. It makes it feel much more like a comic book over a picture book per se.

This book has a powerful message of imagination, self-discovery, and expression. It gives you a great glimpse into the mind of blossoming children. I believe this is a must read for all family and children of all ages. I highly recommend this book.

I received this book via Netgalley from Kids Can Press for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Goodreads Description: 

A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there's a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn't know many words. “Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter,” his sister explains patiently. “Why don't you start there, with a letter?” So the boy tries. He writes a letter. An easy letter. The letter I. And from that one skinny letter, the story grows, and the little boy discovers that all of us, including him, have what we need to write our own perfect story.

This picture book from award-winning author Andrew Larsen playfully and imaginatively explores a young child's process of learning to express himself. It promotes the idea that stories are available for everyone to tell, whatever way we can, and will inspire pre-readers to try writing stories of their own. The lively, fun illustrations by Mike Lowery incorporate story panels with dialogue bubbles, adding visual texture. Also helpful, the boy's story is shown both as he actually writes it --- with just a few letters, some punctuation marks and typographical symbols --- and as he imagines it. Celebrating self-expression, self-discovery and imagination, this book would enhance an early language arts lesson on writing, particularly on the parts of a story. It beautifully highlights the exciting worlds that are opened up when children begin to read and write. In a sweet touch, the boy and his sister model a close and supportive sibling relationship.

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