TITLE: The Box Turtle
AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Vanessa Roeder
PUBLISHER: Dial Books For Young Readers, 2020
Terrance the turtle was born without a shell, so he uses a cardboard box instead. Terrance loves his box. It keeps him dry on soggy days, safe from snooping strangers, and is big enough to cozy up with a friend. But when another turtle points out that Terrance’s shell is, well, weird, he begins to wonder whether there might be a better shell out there…
Eventually, and through much trial and error, Terrance learns that there’s nothing wrong with being different–especially when it comes to being yourself.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : I love Terrance the turtle in Vanessa Roeder’s picture book, The Box Turtle. He’s a scrappy little critter, born without a proper shell. He is given a box to use and is quite happy with his life until others start making fun of him because he’s not like all the other turtles. Apparently even turtles have feelings, and Terrance soon goes in search of a new shell to call home. Roeder’s whimsical illustrations take young readers on a fantastic journey of discovery where a new home isn’t always the cure for hurt feelings and true friends don’t really care what a person…or turtle…calls home. A wonderful addition to any library!
RATING: ***** 5 Stars *****
1 star…probably not worth your time.
2 stars…there are some things to like, 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!
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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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