Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Review: The Journey of the Noble Gnarble

The Journey of the Noble Gnarble
The Journey of the Noble Gnarble by Daniel Errico

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Free e-book found here: http://www.magickeys.com/books/noblegnarble/index.html )

This is the tale of the noblest Gnarble of them all-- unlike his fellow gnarbles, who are content to stay on the ocean floor, this fellow decides that he has to see the sun before he dies. In spite of his nay-saying friends and neighbors, who say that he just isn't built for such an adventure, he sets off. He meets a host of other creatures on his journey to see the sun, most of them with ridiculous names, and most of them eager to eat this gnarble who is so far from home. The meter and ludicrousness of the names of all the creatures brings Lewis Carroll to mind, and the poem is very fun to read out loud. The paintings that accompany the text are brightly colored and imaginative, full of made-up animals (with their silly names), making this a good book to share when people are in a silly mood. Recommended for grades K-2.

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