I'm delighted to be taking part in this fabulous tour for two wonderful books, today I will be sharing my review for Sarah's Shadow by Nick Jones. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...
If you could change something about yourself, would you do it? When Sarah Simpkins is teased about her shadow in the school playground, she finds herself wishing she didn't have one. That night she has the chance to make the wish come true. But will losing her shadow really make her happy?
My little boy is five and he went through a stage of being pretty obsessed by his shadow so I knew as soon as he saw this book he would be happy. The story is the perfect length especially for my five year old however my three year old also listened and asked questions along the way too.
In the case of Sarah's Shadow I guess you could say be careful what you wish for. As Sarah makes a wish that ultimately she wishes she hadn't made. I loved the overall message of this story which is about accepting yourself. It was also a perfect chance for me to reinforce the idea about not making fun of people and how feelings can be hurt with both actions and words. This story had a range of larger and shorter words that made it easy to understand but also introduced words that my little boy may not have come across before. I have to mention the lovely illustrations as I thought they were brilliant at conveying the story with a good mix of different sized pictures both bright and dark.
Sarah's Shadow is such a sweet and enjoyable story, one that both my children really enjoyed. I asked my little boy what his favourite part of the story was and of course he said "when they were doing the shadow puppets!" Sarah's Shadow is easily a new favourite at bedtime!
Five stars from me!
With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy.
Nick Jones is an author based in Cheshire, UK, but originally from Bristol. He has written a series of joke books and an illustrated children's book. His first joke book, Gagged and Bound, was written during the summer of 2014 and was published by Full Media Ltd later in the year to critical acclaim, garnering positive reviews from numerous book review websites such as Reader's Favorite and The Bookbag. A follow-up, Gagged and Bound 2, was released a year later and received a similarly positive response, and in 2017 Nick returned with the third instalment. Nick returned with a very different book, Sarah's Shadow, in December 2017. He has several new books in the pipeline including two picture books and a children’s joke book.
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