Title of Book: AbbeyLoo and Gus the Talking Toad
Time length to read: 5-8 minutes
Age recommended: 5 and up
Author: Tammy Cortez
Illustrator: Noemie Gionet Landry
Publisher: Waldorf Publishing
Best place to purchase: Amazon (Click word for direct link)
Price: $6.95 (paperback) $3.99 (kindle) $3.95 (audible)
Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone is having a good year and enjoying January 2016 so far! I know I am. Today I bring you a book full of imagination, which is the best place to be sometimes! AbbeyLoo and Gus the Talking Toad, by Tammy Cortez, is about a little girl who learns that she can communicate with a toad after coming across some magic fairy dust. She gets to see what it’s like to be a toad and even gets the chance to visit the “toad village” in which these toads live. Who knew that the life of a toad was so similar to ours. 😉
I thought this book was cute. It takes on a “dr. dolittle” type of approach by having the girl communicate with this toad. It’s just the type of plot line that you could see in a cartoon show. It challenges every child and brings out their imagination side.
The illustrations, which were done by Noemie Landry, were soft colors, but enough to make the pictures look clay like, which I thought was kind of cool. One page that I felt needed improvement was where AbbeyLoo is sitting around the table at dinner with her family, talking about what she was thinking. However, in that page of illustration, AbbeyLoo and the mom more so had a shocked look on their faces, when nothing shocking had happened. Other than that, the illustrations did depict the story very well.
The only thing that I would change is probably how the story was long enough that it looked more like an early reader chapter book, than a picture book. Maybe it would be good in that form too. In a picture book, I just usually see a few sentences of wording and then the pictures. However, this book had paragraphs on many pages. Nonetheless, the story is adorable. It is very similar to the kind of books I owned as a child.
So if you are looking for a book with a cute story and give your children some imagination, check this one out. It’s a “toad”ally great. 😉
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