The Big Book Adventure
Author: Emily Ford
Illustrator: Tim Warnes
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books, an imprint of Printers Row Publishing Group, 2019
Two friends are comparing their adventures of the day. One friend has gone to a tea party, visited with a mermaid, visited Gran in her cottage in the woods with friend Red (and is pretty sure that someone else is lurking in those same woods), and found buried treasure on an island. The other friend has had a similarly busy day – learning how to fly, taking a trip to space and encountering aliens, lunching with a dragon, visiting three bears, and taking a magic carpet ride. Sound impossible? Not with a good book, it isn’t. These two friends have found the real magic of reading! And best of all is the fact that these adventures can be shared.
I love how this book introduces young readers to classic stories and brings home the point that reading opens up whole new worlds and experiences for them. If the adventures don’t sound interesting enough, the illustrations will convince anyone to go out and get copies of these stories. They are truly magical themselves. Each page is unique to the story being read. There is the dark and scary forest to be traveled with Red. The pirate’s treasure is done in sepia tones so necessary for old maps. We travel across a deep blue sky strewn with stars on the magic carpet ride or we find ourselves swimming in a beautiful aquamarine underwater world.
Together Ford and Warnes have produced a book that will excite youngsters (and perhaps those of us who are just young at heart) to go out and find these – and more – adventures. I can’t think of anything better a picture book could do.
*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.