Friday, September 30, 2016
The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip, by Carrie King
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.