Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers...the place where the reading is always fresh, the ideas my own, and the enjoyment shared for one and all.
Today, we are taking a look at one of the latest releases from an author and illustrator that self admittedly wants to write the books that he wished HE had during his childhood. Thus far from my two adventures through his pages, I'd say he's right on target. Ready to meet today's featured title? Your wish is my cheerfully fulfilled commend. Today's book of choice is...
Julietta the Carpenter can build almost anything using wood, metal or fabric. Her skills are put to the test when she runs afoul of her corrupt King. This new fairy tale introduces a resourceful heroine to the boys and girls of today.
...and that's putting it lightly!
Here we have a King that is anything but just, a kingdom at his mercy which is seriously lacking...and a girl who is on a first name basis with tools of all kinds. Her name is Julietta and to say she is a carpenter would be, in my mind, cutting her skills off at the quick. True, she is handy with wood and metal, but the size of her heart and the sparks of genius flying through her mind at what set her truly apart. Good thing the king hasn't noticed her....wait a second. Uh-oh. Too late.
Once gaining the attention of "his majesty", it seems her future is only to be filled with dismal days in the dungeon. Oh, if only there was some way to convince the King he's made a terrible mistake! If only he'd listen to reason! If only...there was someone with enough creativity, enough imagination to concoct a concept that would act the part of "shiny object" to distract the King long enough to see an alternative to his first line of dispatching his problem, aka Julietta. If only indeed. ^_^ Don't worry folks, this is a children's book so no true harm befalls anyone, but let's just say a happy ending (for some) is just around the corner.
Author/Illustrator Jason Sandberg strikes a happy medium between stories of old and something newly imagined. This ebook welcomes readers looking for a good Picture Book with rich illustrations full of crisp lines (a style favorite I'm beginning to notice) and an appealing color palette, while still satisfying those that stayed for the story. You'll laugh at the King and his snooty self full of enough bad advice for TWO kingdoms and smile at Julietta's resourcefulness when all appears to be lost. It's a story that was written for his daughter a few years back (as I'm told straight from the author himself...how nice!) but whose reach I can see being much more global...and of course its ebook format makes the size of that reach even easier to accomplish.
Ebook ARC for review courtesy of author/illustrator Jason Sandberg. (THANKS!) For more information on this title as well as his growing catalog of works, be sure to stop by his official site or like him on Facebook. This ebook is available now, so seek thee out a copy at the online retailer of your choosing. Need a few suggestions? Just click here.
Until next time...happy reading!