Shhh! I’m Reading!
On a rainy Sunday afternoon, Bella is reading the best book ever. Before she reaches the most amazing part of the story, she is interrupted. First by pirates, then dancing penguins and googly-eyed aliens who want to play with her. But Bella prefers to read. Time and again, her room is invaded, and always right before she gets to the amazing part. If Bella can stay focused, she might just get to the end of her book.
Author John Kelly has written a whimsical and funny story with an earnest child protagonist. The lyrical refrain is a joy to read aloud and makes for great page-turns that leave readers wanting to know if Bella ever gets to the end of her book. Illustrator Elina Ellis uses vibrant colors to create several worlds inside of the child’s bedroom, making great use of the space on the page. There are spontaneity and chaos happening all around and the artwork pays tribute to and celebrates a child’s imagination. Bella is an inspiration to the child who has trouble focusing. She stops all distractions in order to find some quiet time to read. The story’s end is satisfying and hilarious.
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
|Author||John Kelly • Elina Ellis, Illustrator|
|Page Count||32 pages|
|Amazon||Buy this Book|