Thursday, April 3, 2014
Grudge Keeper: Children's Book Review and GIVEAWAY!
No one in the town of Bonnyripple ever kept a grudge.
No one, that is, except old Cornelius, the Grudge Keeper.
With those delightful opening lines, I knew I was in for a real treat with The Grudge Keeper, a new picture book from author Mara Rockliff. Cornelius filed away all the grievances and complaints that every villager ever had. Peace and harmony reigned in the village and all was well . . .
. . . Until the day the wind blew and blew and every single grudge that Cornelius had ever stored was spread out for all the townspeople to find.
That's the point at which Rockliff's tale comes full circle. The fact that the story ends with a beautiful, valuable life lesson for both children and adults is hidden inside of Rockliff's skilled storytelling. As I read The Grudge Keeper to my children, I found myself caught up in the rich vocabulary and humorous lines and it was easy to miss the important moral of the story. I won't tell you what it is - you'll have to read the book yourself.
Eliza Wheeler's illustrations create larger-than-life characters that really blend well with the text. Not only do they complement the story line, but they also add depth and feeling to those characters. Some of the facial expressions were absolutely perfect - Big Otto's and Elvira Bogg's were my favorites. Wheeler's colors were soft and pleasant as the story opened, and then the grays took over as the tale itself darkened, but the soft colors returned with the story's happy resolution.
Today, I have a rare treat for you: a GIVEAWAY! Peachtree Publishers has saved a copy of The Grudge Keeper for one lucky Tolivers to Texas reader! So leave a comment below (not on Facebook) along with your valid email address and I'll pick one lucky winner.
The contest closes next Monday at 10 pm CST, and the winner will be announced Tuesday morning, 4/8.
This is another great book from Peachtree Publishers! Tomorrow - check out another review for The Grudge Keeper at Geolibrarian.