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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Kid Konnection: The Ice Cream Hotel by Jack Johnston

The Ice Cream Hotel by Jack Johnston, illustrated by Annette Cable
Norwen Publications
ISBN: 978-0985286903
Published 2012
Hardcover, 32 pages
Ages 4-7

About the book:
It's time for an imaginative trip to an incredible, edible resort just for kids: The Ice Cream Hotel! Load up the car, whistle for your pooch and head off to a world where fun and ice cream are the only things on the menu. Take a dip in the hot fudge pool, make some new friends at the shake shack, and drop in on the best ice cream party the world's ever seen in the great hall-of-halls ... all this and more is waiting for you at the Ice Cream Hotel!

Our Thoughts:
This was such a delightful book. It was fun to read and we loved the colorful illustrations. I couldn't help thinking that this reminded me of a Dr. Suess book as I was reading the rhyming text and looking through the imaginative drawings. My son took the time to look at every illustration carefully. He's a kid who pays attention to details. He thought this was a cool book. 

The book starts with the words, "When life just seems blah, and lacking in flavor...When the colors of your world leave nothing to savor..." and then goes on to introduce the reader to a wonderful imaginative place, The Ice Cream Hotel. I love books that bring children to dream of doing what is different, to use their imagination, to invent, to explore.

At the end of the book it tells us that there are at least fifty-five tennis balls scattered throughout the pages, so we went back and went looking for them. The website www.TheIceCreamHotel.com also offers some simple activities such as word searches, coloring pages and puzzles for kids to do. This is a beautiful book for lovers of everything sweet, especially ice cream.

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.

Reviewed by Laura and Son

Disclosure: Thanks to author for sending us this book for review. We were not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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