Monday, July 18, 2011
Book Review: Carla's Cloud Catastrophe
Children's Picture Book: Humor
Carla's Cloud Catastrophe
Beth Bence Reinke
Illustrator; Ginger Nielson
Age level: 4-8
4RV Publishing LLC
Summary from Publisher: This is a tall tale about an absurd cloud phenomenon that creates havoc, threatening to make Carla miss her own birthday party. As she walks to City Hall, Carla encounters silly scenarios in the cloud filled town. The story will tickle the reader's funny bone and resonate with imaginative children who wonder about clouds and what might happen if they fell from the sky.
My take on this book: This is a silly fun book that enhances the imagination of the reader. It is such a wonderful feeling to read a book like this for the simple pleasure of being silly, pretending, and laughing out loud with your child.
The world today has so many serious problems, natural disasters, and heartfelt tragedy that it is absolutely refreshing to read a book like this with my grandchildren. It is a great conversation starter with little ones too. Questions like "What would you do if the clouds fell from the sky?" , "Wouldn't it be fun to play in the soft fluffy clouds floating to the ground?" and " How would you feel if something happened and you missed your birthday celebration?" are all good questions to stimulate a lively discussion and tickle the imagination along with the funny bone.
This is a cute story, fun, refreshing, and a great picture book to read over and over again.