Isabella Star of the Story, by Jennifer Fosberry and Mike Litwin
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (April 2, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Every day’s an adventure with Isabella!
checks out the library, and steals the spotlight from some of the most
memorable children’s book characters. She’s Alice, tumbling down the
rabbit hole. No, now she’s Peter Pan, flying off to Never Never Land.
And when it’s finally time to follow the yellow brick road home, she
decides she’s happy just being Isabella, the little purple-haired girl
with a lot of books and even more imagination.
About the Author:
Jennifer Fosberry is a science
geek turned children’s book author. After working in the high-tech
industry in Silicon Valley and running away to Costa Rica for a few
years, she returned to the San Francisco Bay area to read, write, raise
kids, and get out of doing the housework. She lives with her husband and
three children and her little dog, too.
About the Artist:
Mike Litwin is an award-winning illustrator who combines a
variety of media to create scenes that serve the imagination and
education of children. In other words, he’s a big kid who gets paid to
make pictures all day. It pretty much rocks. He is best known for his
work on the New York Times best-selling picture books My Name is Not Isabella, My Name is Not Alexander, and Isabella: Girl on the Go.
Illustrating and telling stories for children is Mike’s
passion, his privelage, his entertainment, and his dream. His fun and
original approach is sure to captivate kids of all ages–from the ones
who have yet to grow up to the ones who refuse to. He is a graduate of
the East Carolina University School of Art, and currently lives in
Greenville, North Carolina with his wife and three daughters.
I am a big fan of the Isabella books. The illustrations are beautiful,
colorful, and engaging. I just love Mike Litwin’s artwork.
This particular story is very fun and
adventurous. It references a lot of classic story books. While I thought this
book was really well done, my favorite is still My Name is Not Isabella.