Friday, September 30, 2016

The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip, by Carrie King

“The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip” is a children’s picture book written by British writer Carrie King. The picture book is recommended for children from below 7 years old. Nursery nurse Caroline Dixon, from, has reported reading it to children as young as 2 years old, with good results.

This picture book also has a full-length novel version with the same title; that version is recommended for children aged 11 to 14.

Although the picture book and the novel have the same title, the stories are merely related, not identical. One can read the picture book without having the novel’s plot spoiled. Indeed, the picture book makes a good introduction to the novel.

One of the things that make a picture book truly wonderful is the illustrations – and certainly, there are wonderful illustrations in “The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip.” It will not come as a surprise when the day comes that these illustrations increase in value as a collection.

As for the text, the rhymes and alliterations are truly attractive to little children. The story itself holds good and timely values, such as care for the environment, and has a charmingly quaint setting.

All in all, the picture book is a refreshing read for adults and children alike.

“The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip,” by Carrie King, is a runner-up in the 2012 Sharp Writ Book Awards, in the Children’s Book category.


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  2. So, so sorry, I meant to post a comment not delete it! I just wanted to say that after nearly a year I have finally found this review of my work. As you can tell I am not a Tech Head.

    Anyway, Greetings to you all from across The Pond and thank you so much for all you do for writers!

    Joni-Pip (the full blown children's adventure), is now in the hands of a Film Company. I know winning this award has really helped in that process.

    May you have many, many more successes,

    Carrie King

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