Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Book Review: The Squirrel's Birthday and Other Parties by Toon Tellegen

✰✰✰✰ Welcome to the magical world of Toon Tellegen, where each tender story has a dream like quality. The animals in Tellegen's world are just like us; they love parties. This collection of short stories includes 9 delectable treats ready to please both kids and adults alike. The open-ended stories have a philosophical quality that leads to creative discussion.

Each story is beautifully illustrated with pen & ink watercolor drawings by illustrator, Jessica Ahlberg. Her delightful and humorous artwork adds to the poetic quality of the stories with soft, muted shades that complement the sepia print perfectly.

The Bottom Line: The Squirrel's Birthday and Other Parties is a charming collection of sweet stories as tempting as birthday cake. Dutch author and poet, Toon Tellegen, invites the reader into his magical world filled with animal adventures. These stories are perfect for reading to your favorite youngster at bedtime. This tiny treat is sure to be treasured by those who love animal stories and fairy tales. Recommended for children in grades K - 4.

The Squirrel's Birthday and Other Parties by Toon Tellegen, illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg, and translated by Martin Cleaver. Hardcover published in 2009 by Boxer Books. 156 p. ISBN: 978-1-906250-93-5 Also, be sure to check out Toon Tellegen's other books: Letters to Anyone and Everyone ISBN: 978-1-906250-95-9 and Far Away Across the Sea ISBN: 978-1-907152-37-5 For more information, visit the Boxer Books website.

No comments: