Thursday, August 21, 2014

An Armadillo in Paris - a book review


An Armadillo's happy
 When he's sleeping in the sun,
An Armadillo's happy
 When he has a little run,
And he's very happy
 When he finds some ants to eat,
For armadillo's happy
 He's never sad at all,

An Armadillo's happy
 When he rolls up in a ball,
An Armadillo's happy
 When he bumps into a wall,
And he rocks with laughter
 When the rain begins to fall,
For Armadillo's happy
 He's never sad at all,

An Armadillo's happy
 When he's playing with a twig,
An Armadillo's happy
 When he's running from a pig,
And he's so delighted
 When he finds out where he is,
For an armadillo's happy
 He's never sad at all.


Today's featured book:

Title:  An Armadillo in Paris

Author/Illustrator:  Julie Kraulis

Peeking inside is always fun.  Shall we?

 About the book:

Ahhhhhh!!1 Beautiful Paris!  The home of the best croissants in the world, the Arc de Triomphe, Café Gustave, the famous street Champs-Éysées, The Louvre, artists, poets and the beautiful Seine River.

 Arlo, a little Armadillo from Brazil, is encouraged by his grandfather's journals to go there and explore the splendour and ambiance of one of the most visited cities in the entire world. "Arlo feels it, the twitch in his left claw. The twitch that only stops when the adventure begins..."  And begin it does...

His grandfather's writings urge him on through the wondrous sights, sounds and smells that only Paris can deliver.  He wants Arlo to ultimately encounter the number one lady of Paris....the infamous Iron Lady or as she is so affectionately referred to in Paris, the Dame de Fer.

After absorbing the flavour of the bustling culture of Paris,  Arlo decides to visit a local street market and purchase all the ingredients necessary to pack a perfect picnic to share with this mysterious Iron Lady if she will have it (and him).  Will he discover where she is?  Who she is?  Will she welcome him to her city and finally unveil her true self?  You might just be surprised what she is all about.

This fun, informative book will open your eyes to the history, the French culture, and the everyday life of those living in the grand city of Paris, France.  It will provide access to learning more about the city and especially about the celebrated Iron Lady.  The author cleverly inserts a back page.  I am very fond of back pages because they give opportunity to dig deeper into the subject matter in the book.  Listed there are very interesting and informative facts about the renowned Lady that I am sure both young and old will enjoy.

The illustrations are created in  soft, muted colour, are whimsical in design, and very appealing to the eye. 

About the author/illustrator:

“We both believe and disbelieve a hundred times an hour, which keeps believing nimble.” -Emily Dickinson
Toronto-based artist and author Julie Kraulis is passionate about ideas: the unexpected, profound, whimsical, smart. Since completing her Bachelor of Design in Illustration at the Ontario College of Art & Design, Julie has created images that form a diverse body of work ranging from fine art to illustration to design. Her creative journey is one of hope and disbelief, soaring and stumbling. All that she encounters in this wide world becomes her inspiration and she delights in sharing these treasures with others. She is a stop and smell the roses kind of gal who loves to create.

Book Review Rating:  8 (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!  Have an amazing day everyone.

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