First, the facts:
Title: Phoebe’s Birthday
Author: Joanna Johnson
Illustrator: Eric Johnson
Published by: Slate Falls Press, 2012
Type: Picture book with patterns
The In-Depth Look:
Well, they’ve done it again.
It’s got three main elements that make it wonderful.
1. A sweet children’s story about little mouse Phoebe (returning from the first book) on vacation at the beach, learning to swim just in time for her sixth birthday. It’s simple and sweet and just charming.
2. Absolutely wonderful illustrations with so much detail. I’ve seriously sat and just poured over them, absorbing all the cute little touches–like the chess game going on at the top of the shelf at the yarn shop. They’re just as wonderful as the prior two books.
3. Patterns. Knitting patterns to duplicate Phoebe’s Sun Romper or Sun Tunic, the party dress her Grandmother knits for her, and her knitted headband. As well as a quilt pattern for her Spool quilt and a sewing pattern for her frankly adorable Mermouse doll.
Yes, you could say that I’m a fan. Each of the three books produced by Slate Falls Press (created solely by the authors so they can produce these books), has been unique and charming. Even with the knitting/sewing patterns at the back, the stories and illustrations are wonderful–but when you add them? You’ve got something special you can read with your kids and then make them something real and cozy to bring the story further to life. It’s not just a picture book and it’s not just a knitting book–it’s something special, and done really, really well.
This review copy was kindly donated by the authors. Thank you!
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