Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Book Review and First Wild Card Tour: The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!MY REVIEW:

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card authors are:
and the book:

WaterBrook Press (January 11, 2011)
***Special thanks to Staci Carmichael, Marketing and Publicity Coordinator, Doubleday Religion / Waterbrook Multnomah / Divisions of Random House, Inc. for sending me a review copy.***


A former schoolteacher, Donita K. Paul is the best-selling author of the Dragon Keeper series, The Vanishing Sculptor, and Dragons of the Valley.

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Evangeline Denmark likes to turn bedtime stories into picture books. She lives in Colorado with her engineer husband, their two noisy boys, her author mom, and Willie, a cattle dog who tries to herd the entire family into one room.

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Vincent Nguyen has illustrated numerous children's books and is also a part of the art departments for 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios.

Product Details:

List Price: $11.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 030744645X
ISBN-13: 978-0307446459

AND NOW...THE FIRST FOUR PAGES...press the pictures to better view them:

I loved the cover of this little hard back book and thought my brother and I might enjoy the chance to review a book together. The illustrations are cute and filled with bright colors and I think the age appropriateness for the book was good for his age (7) and younger. The short story in the back of the book was especially enjoyable. I thought the idea of a question and answer guide in the back was a good idea for kids and parents (or siblings) to go over together. It makes them more aware and think about what they have read. It was a fun book to read together.
I would have liked a stronger moral to the story. There were many good values in the book including helping your friends, manors and thinking of others comfort, but the book never really felt like it was moving towards a “point”. My mom read the book to my brother as well and agreed with my determination.
On the whole it’s a cute story, but not the greatest children’s book I have read. I think a stronger moral to the story would have made for a better story arc.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through FIRST for my copy to review.

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