Monday, September 23, 2019
Douglas by Randy Cecil
Bridging the gap between children's picture books and chapter books, Douglas offers a longer adventure divided into four parts. I love the detailed charcoal sketches on each page--a very calming, soothing effect and I think the absence of color forces the audience to look a little harder for details on each page.
The book has some repetition and predictability that children will enjoy but also has some elements of suspense and surprise. The main character is a mouse and is given its name in a rather unique way. Douglas stows away in a little girl's pocket and finds itself in a number of predicaments involving both humans and felines.
The words on each page are kept to a minumum so it will not take that long to read. Because the book is over 100 pages, it's a perfect choice for an older child that may still struggle with reading--it provides a longer tale without too much difficulty. It also works well for a read aloud--either read over 4 days (creating anticipation of the next adventure!!) or in one sitting for a child with a longer attention span.
Children will learn a bit about problem solving and following a plan as Douglas makes a valiant effort to return to the safety and comfort of home. Enjoy curling up with this delightful tale of a mouse with a mighty sense of adventure!
Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of Douglas from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.