As a mom-slash-avid reader, I collect lots of children’s books in an effort to help nurture the reading bug in my kids. (Luckily it’s viciously contagious, so it’s never been a problem for the kids to pass time with a book…or ten. Don’t ask me why they each need ten. I’m still trying to figure that one out while I spend an hour picking up stacks of books.) So when I come across an especially good one that the kids fall in love with–and demand become part of our bedtime story-reading ritual, as this one did–I enjoy sharing them with fellow parents/grandparents/adults who are closet kids’ book readers (your secret is safe with me). Recently I read a gorgeous story about a boy named Jacky Foster and a gnome that came to life, drawing the young boy into the land of Gnomia: The Gnomes in the Trees by C.L. Collyer:
At Jacky Foster’s eighth birthday party, he is surprised when a statue of a gnome suddenly comes alive. The gnome asks Jacky to help his family who live in a faraway place called Gnomia. Jacky and his dog Sparky go off to help. When he returns home he discovers that the gnome statue suddenly runs off into the woods. But is it all just fanciful dreaming, or did his discovery really happen? Only Jacky Foster knows for certain.
The Gnomes in the Trees picture book is highly suitable for children up to 10 years of age. Rich in fantasy, full of magical moments, and brought to life with beautiful illustrations, it will capture the hearts and imaginations of children everywhere. Jacky Foster and his faithful dog Sparky will transport them into a captivating, wee world of friendly gnomes who live in a tree house in the faraway, mythical kingdom of Gnomia.
All the excitement of adventure and exploration may take place in a far-off world, but for children, it’s just a turn of a page away.
Five stars all the way. As a mother of four children between the ages of one to six, this book was a perfect addition that the whole crew could enjoy. The colorful artistry, the masterful rhyme, and the engaging story held them captive night after night as the book became a bedtime ritual. The tale of a young boy trekking into a land of live gnomes, and helping them learn to read, is both clever and entertaining. Children are drawn into the excitement of this fantasy world where anything is possible, thus delivering a rush to the imagination. A timeless must-read delight that children of all ages will relish reliving.
As an aside, we recently went out to dinner when my oldest spotted a gnome statue in an apartment window. She excitedly pointed it out to me, telling me (with certainty) that he was one of the gnomes that comes to life. Sometimes I really miss the wonder and fantasy that only children can truly appreciate!
About the Author:
C.L. Collyer, a penname for John Lofquist, was born in Canada in 1940. Raised and schooled in Toronto, he spent a great deal of his early career travelling the world extensively; an experience that helped shaped his penchant for writing. Married with children, grandchildren and stepchildren he moved to and settled in the United States in the late 1970s, relocating to Florida in 1986. As a young boy he read a great deal. starting his passion for reading with the Hardy Boy’s detective series. In school, English composition and literature soon became his favorite subject.
“My primary interest is in writing books for children. Nothing in the world makes me happier than to see a child laugh or sport a huge smile and to know that I may have helped bring that on.”
You can visit his site at: http://www.inspirion2.com
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