Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Book Review: 'Kell and the Giants' by Darcy Pattison
Darcy Pattison is an Arkansas children's book author and writing teacher. In 1999, she created the Novel Revision Retreat, which she now teaches across the nation. As a children's book author her books have been translated into nine languages, and have been recognized for excellence by starred reviews, Book of the Year awards, state award lists and more. She is the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor's Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children's literature.
Sparsely illustrated by Rich Davis in tiny pen and ink drawings and far more of a `mostly words' format than her other I WANT A DOG and I WANT A CAT little master pieces, the book will appeal to older children (the author has noted age 6 - 12). The story is cute and has some sound ideas and makes up in super heroes for what it lacks in the warmth arena. The author's synopsis is sound: ’If you’re an alien on Earth, you have one giant secret to keep. After a while, even friends want to tell your secret. Kell and Bree plan a birthday party with giants—Big Foot, Cyclops, Goliath and the Jolly Green Giant—while they struggle with keeping their own giant secret. But they have an even bigger problem: Principal Lynx and the Society of Alien Chasers is back with a dog trained to sniff out an alien in a crowd. When Mom is stung by a bee, Kell must find a doctor who can keep a giant secret, too. Will Aliens, Inc. be able to pull off the Giant Party and keep everyone happy? Principal Lynx and the Society of Alien Chasers is back with a dog who can sniff and point out aliens. How can Kell, Bree and the gang avoid the dog and still pull off a GIANT birthday party? Kell is afraid of Earth bugs: flies, wasps and now, bees. How can he survive on Earth with such creatures chasing him all the time? Kell and friends learn about geography of the U.S. But Kell wants to tell his friends about the “geography” of the stars.’
Darcy Pattison writes well and it is wise she chooses not to limit her material to a single category. Stepping into the world of aliens proves a fine territory for her. Grady Harp, May 17
I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it.
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