Published January 2015
Softcover, 44 pages
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani & Son
Last week my son and I read and reviewed The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey, the first book in the Horse Valley Adventure series by Liana-Melissa Allen, a young and talented author who also illustrates her own books.
This time we read the second book in the series titled Donkey's Kite. We enjoyed the first book but we enjoyed this one even more. This time the story revolves around Donkey who cannot get his kite to fly. It's a story that deals with not giving up, working together, and helping others. All these valuable lessons were wrapped up in a story with humorous situations and delightful illustrations.
The story is well-written with a solid plot and good characters. Children will be able to see themselves in these characters. What child hasn't been frustrated when their attempts at doing something fails? What child doesn't feel left out when all the other kids focus on their own activities and don't help out? The illustrations are comical and just simply adorable. My son loved them. Once again that little blue bird in all the pages was so cute, and he is sure to delight younger readers.
As with the first book, this book is ideal for children in the younger grades to read by themselves but also perfect to be read aloud to younger children who will quickly understand the story just by looking at the illustrations. I highly recommend this series and I think it would be a very good addition to any school library.
Note: This book is rated G for general audience.
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Liana-Melissa Allen is a young author and illustrator of children's books and books for youth. She has written, illustrated and published six books. Her most recent one is the colorfully illustrated children's book "Donkey's Kite", the second book of "A Horse Valley Adventure" series. The first was "The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey". The lovable cartoon characters, Max, Lax, Jack and Donkey makes them a favorite of first and second grade students. She is now working on her third book of "A Horse Valley Adventure".
The magical world of fantasy has inspired Liana's imagination since as long as she can remember. Part of this was fueled by her dad reading aloud to her every day when she was younger. As a result, reading is her primary passion along with music. These two passions feed her imagination into stories and drawings, which she joyously sketches out into storyboards for a potential book.
Liana-Melissa is also a dedicated classical/jazz pianist, and mostly enjoys older music, especially from the big band era and the 1940's, 50's and 60's. While playing the piano, her imagination often leads to a great amount of improvising. Frequently, Liana will improvise a theme for one of the stories she is writing. Capturing this improvised music became a priority, which ultimately resulted in theme music for "A Horse Valley Adventure". The "Horse Valley" theme will be used for a short animated video featuring her Horse Valley characters.
Liana-Melissa loves to hear from her young readers. Please visit her website at www.lmabooks.com for more information, and to contact her by email. Visit her on Facebook too.