Friday, March 12, 2010

I Spy a Dragonfly

Carla Burke

Join a little boy and his Mom on a fun and colorful journey where they discover the beauty of the Dragonfly. This book also has some fun activity pages in the back for your enjoyment.  

My Take:

I have to say "I Spy a Dragonfly" might have been one of the easiest books to review, because I put it through the 2 year old test and it passed with flying colors!  I have a very energetic 2 1/2 year old, and she was glued to the book while I read it to her, and insisted on thumbing through it for quite sometime after we were finished reading.  She loves her "Dragafly Book".  The writing was good, there was a bit of repetition on each page, which is good for a preschool book, and the illustrations were absolutely beautiful.  The book also had something that most books don't, coloring pages at the end.  My daughter flipped for that, she couldn't wait to play the games on the coloring pages.  This is a great book for a young child that loves color, the outdoors, or cute bugs.  Given the cute writing, gorgeous illustration and coloring pages, I rate "I Spy a Dragonfly" a 2, Borders with a Coupon.

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

A few words with the author:

The Book Buff: What inspired you to write your first book?

Carla Burke: I wanted to write a children's book after my second child was born but didn't have a clue what to write about.  In 2005 my brother died tragically. Shortly after his death I discovered he loved dragonflies.  The next year when Spring came there were literally hundreds of dragonflies flying around our house all the time.  I told my son who was 4 at the time to hold out his arm and be patient and a dragonfly might land.  That's how "I Spy a Dragonfly" was born.

The Book Buff: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Carla Burke: It's about discovering nature through the eyes of a child

The Book Buff: Do you have something you are working on at the moment that you’d like to share with us?
Carla Burke: I am working on my next children's book about a little girl living with peanut allergies.  It is called "My name may be Peanuts, but I say Naayyy to PB& J".

The Book Buff: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Carla Burke: Don't just say you are going to do it. Do it!

If this book were a movie it would be rated G, suitable for any and all audiences.

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Lisa Marie Mary said...

I absolutely love dragonflies, so this sounds like a wonderful book! Just from the front cover, it does look like it has nice, colorful pictures, too! I swear I could spend just as much time in the kids' section at the library! LOL

The Book Buff said...

I know how you feel, I love reading books to my little girl, they are always so bright and positive!

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Anonymous said...

Great Review! Finding a good book for my 18 month old boy is very important to me.
I loved your blog.
Thanks for your review of my blog @ linkreferral. It is always helpful to have a review from other moms!

The Book Buff said...

A really good way to get a large volume of books for your little one, is to go to a used book store. At the one closest to me, the little toddler books are 50 cents. They are always in good shape, and its good to get them cheap, because if your toddlers are like mine, she likes to read them herself, and they can get a bit beaten up.

Swati said...

Looks so cute - and I enjoyed the author interview!

GMR said...

Enjoyed the review! The small child test can definitely speak volumes about a book such as this....can't wait to see your other reviews! (Just came over from bookblogs.ning.) Thanks for sharing...and happy reading!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kate! Loved your comments; review; and interview and enjoyed my visit - good luck to all of us :-)
Jackie Griffey
PS: I just put a new novel on Kindle (I think - you have to wait 48 hours LOL)

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

My kids review the children's books alongside me, so I know just what you mean by 'the 2-year-old test' !

I love your rating scale, 1-5 with descriptions ... very fun :)


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