I am not a book review person, but when a friend of mine finally got her childrens book published, I could not resist giving it a little plug here!
Karen's sister was my friend Taina, in New Orleans, who had the gallery where I had work. Thankfully, they decided to move back to Southern California the year before Katrina hit. So all I have are fond memories, and if you seach the blog for a post on using cigar boxes for shrines, you will find a photo of us. (see, the blog mistress is too lazy...)
"I Live In A House With A Cat And A Mouse And A Mom and A Dad And My Sisters"
by Karen Ringeride
Karen's book is bright and fun; a very small child would enjoy the rhyming text and the illustrations are stylized enough that a child a bit older could successfully draw something close to describe their family life.
It is a story of family, and adventure, and misadventure, and ultimately all ending well.
Each page is saturated with pure color---a perk for kiddies and artists ,too, who haven't quite grown up....ahem!
With the text being in rhyme, it is easy for children as well as adults to read aloud and have fun with the words......
....And I do have to apologize for the pages not being perfectly flat but I will not break the spine of a book! Also, my camera was overwhelmed by thebright colors and these do not really represent the intensity of the printed page.
If you have a little one, or want a gift for someone who does, this is a delightful romp to read and is actually from Karen's real life; about a mom and a dad and four sisters who loved each other very much!
Visit her at: http://www.iliveinahouse.com/
Now go have some fun with your own family adventures, and who knows? Someday you might put them to paper too!