Friday, October 24, 2014

"Crowned!" by Julia Dweck

by Julia Dweck

Crowned! is Julia Dweck's latest release. You can read my review below. 
You can also read my earlier posts and reviews of some of Julia's other books: Blucy (blog post), Mary had a Sleepy Sheep (blog post), Humpfree: The Humpless Camel (blog post), Faux Paw (blog post), Zippity-Zoo (blog post), Monkey Fun! (blog post), and Jump! (blog post).

Sleepy Sheep Productions presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy with Quinn the Queen Fairy.
Quinn, an adventurous dreamer, is a young fairy in search of a fairy King, so she can become the fairy Queen. Can she find a hero to sweep her off her feet?
When a two-headed ogre invades the fairy's village, Quinn must find a way to become her own hero and save her friends and family.
A timeless story for a new age with engaging games and fun fairy facts from the bestselling author, Julia Dweck with vivid illustrations by BethTrott.

And suddenly, a dreaded sound,
As something wicked stomped the ground.
A gruesome ogre, wide and tall,
And both heads said, “I’m King of all!”

Now looking round, Quinn was alone.
How could she stop it on her own?
But fairies always locked their doors
When ogres came to settle scores.

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
Quinn the fairy wishes to be crowned Fairy Queen, so she starts making preparations: she makes a scepter, a cape, and a royal throne; she places a crown on her head and wears her mother's dress. Then, through reading her books, she discovers every queen needs a king to rescue her. So, she sets off to find one. But does she really need a king to save the day? Follow Quinn's adventure and find out if wishes really do come true.
Little children will find Quinn to be a very likable heroine, and they will have fun with the references to other fairy tales as Quinn sets off to find her king. The author's rhyming verses are delightful as usual. The illustrations by Beth Trott are adorable and rich in detail; I'm sure the kids will find something new every time they read this book. The author and illustrator both reinforce the story's message by telling us about their own childhood dreams. The book includes a fun counting activity and information about some famous real-life queens.
Great fun, especially for your little princess.

About the Author
Julia Dweck writes children's stories for digital and traditional publication. Her stories span the spectrum of humor, fantasy, and edutainment in rhyme and in prose. Check out her newest ebooks, Blucy, Mary had a Sleepy Sheep, Humpfree: The Humpless Camel, Faux Paw, Zippity-Zoo, Monkey Fun!, Jump!, and Crowned!.
Julia's background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read and what makes them giggle. She's collaborated with leading artists in the world of children's literature to produce over thirty books. Her titles have garnered placement on Amazon's bestsellers in children's color picture books multiple times with two #1 bestsellers: Pie-Rits and Zombie-Kids. These titles have been chosen by Amazon Editors for the prestigious "Kindle Daily Deal". Many of Julia's titles have earned placement on Amazon's top ranked lists based on customer review.
In her spare time, Julia is a designer of educational adjuncts for children's literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers. She presented at the 2012 National Center for Family Literacy for her creative use of technology in the classroom.