Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Book Review: George Shrinks by William Joyce

By: William Joyce
Published by: Laura Geringer Book / Harper Collins Children's Books
Released on: February 20th, 1987
Ages: 7 &  up
Source: borrowed
4 stars: I Enjoyed It
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

This classic story by William Joyce--in which young George wakes up to find that he's shrunk to the size of a mouse--has shrunk to classic board book size. Now toddlers--who still might not be able to reach the cookie jar on top of the fridge--will have a book just the right size for their own enjoyment. Full color. -quoted from Goodreads

What a fun and entertaining read. This story is full of adventure, imagination and it's one kids of all ages will enjoy as they get to know George and follow him on his adventure of being little! George dreams of being small and one morning he awakes to find he's shrunk. Being small doesn't stop George from taking care of his younger brother and his responsibilities. Making everything into a grand adventure, George is able to do everything his parent's note asked him to do, and then some. 

I really liked the concept behind this story and the fact it was easy for kids to identify with the things George does, regardless of whether or not he's his average size, or the size of a mouse. Not only are the words easy for young kids to read, but the illustrations are engaging, and help hold the readers attention through the duration of the book. It's fun to see all the things George does. This is a fabulous book for young readers who have recently learned the read, as the words are ones they're familiar with.
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~