TITLE: The Mermaid
AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Jan Brett
PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2017
SYNOPSIS: “When Kiniro, a young mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral, she is so curious that she goes inside. She’s thrilled to find a just-right breakfast, pretty little chair, and, best of all, a comfy bed that rocks in the current.
But when the Octopus family returns home, they are not happy to find that someone has been eating their food and breaking their things. Baby has the biggest shock when she finds the mermaid asleep in her bed!
Luckily, shock turns to happiness when Kiniro gives her a thoughtful gift before escaping from the twenty-four arms coming her way.”
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : I have followed Jan Brett’s career most of my adult life. I am fascinated with her technique of creating a story within a story through her gorgeous illustration found on each page as well as along the borders. In THE MERMAID, Ms. Brett has taken the classic story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears to create an underwater version complete with a beautiful mermaid and a family of sea creatures. Young readers will love the retelling of this traditional fairy tale and people like myself who appreciate the beauty of delightfully crafted illustrations will cherish each page of Ms. Brett’s book. A great addition to any library!
RATING: ***** 5 Stars *****
1 star…probably not worth your time.
2 stars…there are some things to lie, but could elements have been stronger.
3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers but others might find it lacking something.
4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.
5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!
“Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.”
***Coming in August from STORY CATCHER PUBLISHING in both ebook and paperback editions!***
Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.
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