Monday, February 9, 2015

Book Review ~ The Squickerwonkers by Evangeline Lilly


Title: The Squickerwonkers
Author: Evangeline Lilly 
Release Date: November 18th 2014
Published By: Titan Books 
Page Amount: 42 pages, Hardcover 

GoodReads Blurb: 
Meet Selma of the Rin-Run Royals, a clever little girl who is spoiled to the core. One day Selma stumbles upon a gang of colorful marionettes, and gets more than she bargained for. The remarkable Squickerwonkers of the fabulous Squickershow are about to teach Selma that she'll not always get her way. 

Evangeline Lilly is best known for her work as an actress, but her foremost passion has always been writing. This is her first published work. Beautifully illustrated by Johnny Fraser-Allen, this eccentric and visually stunning cautionary tale will appeal to adults and children alike. 

I absolutely love Evangeline Lilly. Lost is my favorite show ever. So of course I looked up all of the actors. When I found Evangeline Lilly's website there was a blog there and one of the categories was "Writing". I thought that what I read was great. I have a blog post that I did  while ago when I first found her blog. You can check that out here ( I was so excited when I read that she had a book coming out and I knew that I had to get it when it did. I think that I waited over a year before I was finally able to get my hands on this book. I was so excited when I did that I read it that night. 

I thought that it was wonderful. It was more of a dark, cautionary children's tale. I liked that Evangeline Lilly wasn't afraid to approach a children's story in a darker way than a lot of children's authors today do. I thought that the writing was lyrical and poetic. Even though it was a cautionary tale it was fun to read just for the use of language alone. I like reading it out loud to hear how the poetic, lyrical lines sound. On top of that, the artwork was gorgeous and I could just look at the illustrations and be happy with the book. Put the two together and you have a magical, wonderful children's book that will become a permanent part of my library. And I will mot definitely be collecting all of the books that will be in this series. I adore this book. Evangeline Lilly has said that she wants to give adult writing a try and I'm very excited for when we get to read that. 

I give The Squickerwonkers 5 quills!! 


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