Thursday, November 27, 2014

Book Review: Crowned by Julia Dweck

By Julia Dweck
Publisher: Sleepy Sheep Productions
Published: Oct. 22, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

 Age Level: 4 - 8 | Grade Level: P - 3
Sleepy Sheep productions presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy with Quinn the Queen Fairy. Quinn, an adventurous dreamer, is a young fairy in search of a fairy King, so she can become the fairy Queen. Can she find a hero to sweep her off her feet? When a two-headed ogre invades the fairy's village, Quinn must find a way to become her own hero and save her friends and family. A timeless story for a new age with engaging games and fun fairy facts from the bestselling author, Julia Dweck with vivid Illustrations by Beth Trott.

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My Thoughts:

Crowned starts out with these three words “Believe in yourself.” That’s what this book is about.

Quinn is a fairy with the dream of becoming the fairy princess. So she makes all the preparations. She gets her dress ready. She prepares her sceptre. She puts her crown on her head and then tries to think how to find a hero to make her into a queen. She goes in search of one kissing all the frogs, looking in all the mirrors and all the other things princesses have done in fairy tales. She doesn’t find one.

So when she comes upon an ogre, she takes matters into her own hands and stands up to him herself. All the fairies in the land decide to make her queen because she is brave and smart.

It’s then that Quinn realizes that all she had to do was believe in herself and she could reach for her dreams herself. She didn’t have to wait for someone to fulfill them.

I really enjoyed the rhyming style of this story. It helps make the story flow and is fun to read.

The pictures are a delight! I think they were my favourite part of the book.

The lesson about believing in yourself is so important for young girls. Believe in yourself. You don’t have to wait for someone to do it for you, just believe in yourself and reach for your dreams.

The best part of Julia Dweck’s books is the messages they have to teach young children. I rated Crowned 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Julia writes children’s stories for digital and traditional publication. Her stories span the spectrum of humor, fantasy, and edutainment in rhyme and in prose. Julia’s background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read about and what makes them giggle. Julia collaborates with some of the leading artists in the world of children’s literature. Julia is also a designer of educational adjuncts for children’s literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers.

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