Monday, May 28, 2012

A Boy and A Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton

What would you do if your boat ride never ended?

Random House Children's Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this ebook for review.  It's written for ages 8 - 12 year and  will be published June 12th.

This is a whimsical tale with a bit of magic, some silliness, and lots of odd events.  The boy gets in the boat to ferry across to the other side.  He takes his lunch, in case he gets hungry and settles in for a short trip.  But it's not a short trip...

The boy's emotions range from disgust that it's taking so long, to worry, to mistrust, and to hate and then back to friendship since there is no one else accompanying him and they must get along.

My favorite part of the story is the sea monster and how they manage to overcome it.  It's silly, fun and disgusting and I bet your children will be referring to with a special code word you'll learn in the book.  (Not one you'd expect either.)

Why not read this book aloud and talk about the various adventures these two have?  You could use different voices for the boy and the bear, you could act out fishing, or you could be "scared".   It'd be fun to read aloud and act out the scene!

The story is pretty mellow and I enjoyed reading it.  Grab yourself a copy and settle in for fun on the sea.

Happy reading.

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