Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Great Carp Escape by Irish Beth Maddock Review

Written by Irish Beth Maddock 
Illustrated by Lucent Ouano
An Award Winning Inspirational Fish “Tail” Based on a True Story…”
Calgary, Alberta - Irish Beth Maddock’s debut children’s picture book is based on a true story of her growing up on a lake. This story promotes some very positive values to our kids. It teaches young readers how to be a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves; to respect all creatures, no matter how ugly they may seem, and how knowledge and experience can bring about understanding and compassion.
Tadpoles, clams, and minnows–WOW!
For siblings Beth and Paul, growing up on a lake and exploring the wonders of aquatic life is fun, until the children encounter a startling, “fishy” find along the shoreline. When the kids discover the moustached, scaly blue carp they found lives in the marsh near their home, they become afraid. Seasons pass and Beth and Paul avoid the swampy reeds at all costs–until a natural occurrence brings about a life-or-death situation for the creepy looking carp, right in their own backyard!
With guidance from their father, will Beth and Paul be able to overcome their apprehensions about the carp and help save them before it is too late?
“(This) sweet story’s competent prose makes it easy to follow ... appropriate for young children who enjoy the outdoors and whose parents would like to enhance their moral teachings. A simple kids’ book with a message about respecting all life.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
About the book:
The Great Carp Escape by Irish Beth Maddock
ISBN : 978-1-4866-0508-8
Publisher: Word Alive Press
Publish date: January 13, 2015
Page count: 24
Price: $12.99
About the author:
Irish Beth Maddock was a columnist for two local newspapers, had stories published in Reader’s Digest, and broadcasted on 100 Huntley Street, CHBC Television and CBC Radio. She is a published poet, and has both performed in and directed plays and musical theater productions.
My Review:
This book has a great message. Not to judge a book (or fish) by it's cover. It is what is on the inside that matters. We are all God's Creations, and we should not bully each other. Especially because of looks. I did think that the images were very dark and not that easy to read. The skies are always dark as well. I actually missed one of the paragraphs. I would imagine that it would be difficult for children to read.   However the message, and the overall feel of this book made me happy. I love when animals are rescued!. I am giving this book a 2/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

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