Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Josephine Carson Barr

Title: The Goodbye Chair

Author: Josephine Carson Barr
Illustrator: Simon Barr
Publisher: Veritas Aotearoa Publishing
Ages: 4-8


Nannie is feeling sad. She has been looking after Nicholas for two weeks and is leaving to go home. Nicholas, who is going back to preschool, comes up with a plan to make Nannie feel happy again.

Why you should read it:

I don't get the chance to review picture books published from other countries often, but when a New Zealand author asked if I would review her book, I couldn't say no. THE GOODBYE CHAIR will capture young readers' interests for several reasons. Illustrator Simon Barr's artwork is stunning and has a depth to each drawing which nicely compliments the simple story line. Author Josephine Carson Barr has also included some cultural insights to the lives of New Zealand children which would interest those wanting to learn more about other cultures. Finally, the overall theme of dealing with family separation as relatives return home and children return to school after vacation will resonate with readers of all ages. While the story line presentation doesn't always follow what is generally found in picture books from the US, I enjoyed THE GOODBYE CHAIR and think it would make a nice addition to any home or early elementary school library.

Like-o-meter Rating scale **: 4 out of 5...think about it.

**5 out of 5...grab it!
4 out of 5...think about it.
3 out of 5...take or leave it.
2 out of 5...maybe not for you.
1 out of 5...forget about !

Blurb: Addie comes from a long line of readers or "story catchers" as her family likes to call themselves. Every time Addie tries to catch a story on her own the wiggly words play tricks on her. She tries different ways to make those words sit still but it will take a little faith for Addie to become the next STORY CATCHER.

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