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Review! Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton

3 Apr

Henry and the Chalk Dragon
Written by Jennifer Trafton
Illustrated by Benjamin Schipper
240 pages – ages 7+
Will be Published by Rabbit Room Press on April 4, 2017 (Tomorrow!)

Synopsis from the Publisher- In the town of Squashbuckle, just about anything can happen, and when eight-year-old Henry Penwhistle draws a mighty Chalk Dragon on his door, the dragon does what Henry least expects—it runs away. Now Henry’s art is out in the world for everyone to see, and it’s causing trouble for him and his schoolmates. To vanquish the beast, Henry must do more than catch his art—he has to let his imagination run wild. And that takes bravery.

What I Thought- This was a really good book! There is a fascinating concept behind the story – what happens when creativity is suppressed until it becomes its own sentient being? I like that the book shows that everyone has dreams and that they are all worthwhile and gives insight to ourselves. The book has a nice inspiring message, along with a really entertaining story. The narration is interesting, with an ingenuous style that leans towards humorous at times.  Trafton has written a marvelous story about not worrying if you fit the mold. Schipper has a great illustration style perfect for the book as well – they add a perfect touch to the story. I think the cover is stunning too. I also want to say that Trafton has a way of making you connect characters to people you know. Many of them seem familiar as if they were people in your home town. The dialogue is believable, adding to the depth of the characters. The setting doesn’t stand out so much, just a normal town with a fairly normal school – but that what makes the story so realistic (besides the art coming to life thing 😉 ) ! All in all, Trafton has written a fabulous story. I really recommend this book!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Feel free to check out Jennifer Trafton’s website HERE, where it features a curriculum and coloring sheets, along with more information about the book!

Dot Day 2015!

16 Sep

Hi Blogosphere! Guess what day it is?

That’s right! It’s  INTERNATIONAL DOT DAY!!!!

Okay, well it’s actually September 15th-ish and I already had a post scheduled yesterday so I am taking advantage of the “ish” part. 😉

As Thedotclub.org (via Peter H. Reynolds, author of “The Dot”) states: “

Celebrate Creativity, Courage & Collaboration!

Imagine the power and potential of millions of people around the world connecting, collaborating, creating and celebrating all that creativity inspires and invites. I hope you will join the growing global community of creativity champions using their talents, gifts and energy to move the world to a better place.”

Dot Day is a day celebrating creativity. It was created for the purpose of bringing people together. So, on that theme, and I was feeling a bit mathematical today, I give you my dot.

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Thank you for reading my post! For more information, visit the official website HERE!

Celebrating Dot Day 2013!

15 Sep

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In celebration of International Dot Day (September 15th-ish) I am making a special blog post today! Dot Day is celebrated around the world. The goal of Dot Day is to help kids (and grown-ups) express themselves and be creative. The day is based on Peter H. Reynolds great picture book “The Dot.”

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For a summary and review of “The Dot” please visit Ms. Tilton’s website HERE.  To learn more about International Dot Day, please visit the official website HERE

Because Dot Day is to celebrate creativity, meet my muse! 😀

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LEGOs – The beginning of creativity for many kids! 🙂 

Check out my sister Josie’s Dot Day Dot by clicking HERE!

Happy Dot Day!

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