Saturday, December 21, 2013

Kid Konnection: Tweezle Into Everything by Stephanie McLellan

Tweezle Into Everything by Stephanie McLellan, illustrated by Dean Griffiths
Pajama Press
ISBN: 978-1927485477
Published: August 15, 2013
Hardcover, 32 pages
Ages: 3-7

My 9 year-old son and I thought this book was absolutely adorable! And for several good reasons. Firstly, the author deftly uses metaphors and creative language to bring alive a time in a child's life that signifies growing up changes. Tweezle is the youngest of three, a toddler, in the cute and colorful monster family. His family think he can be annoying sometimes--"You're the lint at the bottom of my pocket!" Pumpkin yells--but mischievous Tweezle has a mind of his own and proves he is growing up when his idea to help a small friend in need succeeds.

Secondly, the portraits of family life in this book, from sibling spats to moments of parental affection are realistic, endearing and attractive to youngsters, including my son who is a middle-grader but was enchanted when reviewing this book with me. We read it twice, pointing to things we loved and laughing at the comical situations and illustrations of Tweezle's troublemaking.

We also loved the illustrations by Dean Griffiths. My son likes to look at the facial expressions of characters, and there are plenty in this book. They are so well portrayed, from the look of older sibling know-it-all to the mother's not-again look of frustration, this book is a delight to read and peruse for little ones and older ones alike. The second time we looked through the book, my son noticed little clues in the pictures that led to Tweezle's actions. Kids always seem to notice things grown-ups miss!

This heartwarming story celebrates the youngest member of a family beautifully. It's a story that every child with an older or younger sibling can relate to. Highly recommended!

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.

Reviewed by Laura & Son

Disclosure: Thanks to Erin Woods from Pajama Press 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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