Monday, June 10, 2013

Alex and the Lava Pit - Book Review

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"The Man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can't."
                                            ~Mark Twain

Title:  Alex and the Lava Pit
Author:   Dr. Shreyas Gandhi
Illustrator:  Denis Ivanov

Alex and his brother Derek are two young crocodiles that reside in Crocodile Cove.  They love adventures and experiencing new things so one day they decide to take their curiosity to a lava pit.  They invite their good friend Peaches, who is a parrot,  to accompany them.  Along the way they  explore a waterfall, take a dip with some fish and crack themselves up with Peaches's potty humour.  (your kids will experience the same effect upon reading this part).  Finally they arrive at their destination and there is an eruption of surprises and anxiety.  They discover the the pitfalls of being near a volcano and the joy of being safe when you use your smarts and seek safety.  Optimistic Alex immediately looks forward to their next adventure together.

The illustrations add much to the storyline.  They are bold, vibrant and cartoonish.  The primary colour pallet is engaging and sure to enhance the imagination of any child reading the story.

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About the author:

Dr. Shreyas Gandhi is an electrical engineer by profession, but extremely passionate about creating and developing stories for young children. He was born and raised in the United States, and has been residing in Los Angeles, California for over 30 years. He is married with 2 children. His boys are 13 and 7, and the focus of his time and energy. Dr. Gandhi received a Doctoral degree in Education from Pepperdine University in 2009, and looks forward to continuing to develop the Amazing Adventures of Alex the Crocodile picture book series. For more information or to contact Dr. Gandhi, please send him an e-mail:
Dr. Gandhi is former professor of Math, an avid runner, and also a licensed private pilot. He enjoys travelling, meeting new people, and attending live sporting events with his children. Dr. Gandhi is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

About the Illustrator
Denis Ivanov is a graphic artist from Novi Sad, Serbia. He’s lived his entire life in Serbia, and earlier this year graduated from the University of Novi Sad with a degree in graphic design. He is currently pursuing an advanced degree from the University of Novi Sad in case hand illustration.
Denis started to draw at an early age. He specializes in kids’ illustration and recently won a logo contest for the Alex the Crocodile series. In this contest he competed against some of the world’s top artists, and has since signed a contract to illustrate the children’s book series the Amazing Adventures of Alex the Crocodile. For more information about Denis, please visit

Book Review Rating:   7  (Couldn't put it down!)

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