Review and Giveaway: Red Knit Hat Girl by Naoko Stoop

 

Title: Red Knit Cap Girl

Author: Naoko Stoop

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Red Knit Cap Girl is a little girl with a big dream — to meet the Moon.

Red Knit Cap Girl lives with her animal friends in an enchanted forest. There is so much to see and do, but more than anything Red Knit Cap Girl wishes she could talk to the Moon. Join Red Knit Cap Girl and her forest friends on a journey of curiosity, imagination, and joy as they search for a way to meet the Moon.

Gorgeously illustrated on wood grain, Red Knit Cap Girl’s curiosity, imagination, and joy will captivate the hearts of readers young and old as her journey offers a gentle reminder to appreciate the beauty of the natural world around us.

Review:

Red Knit Cap Girl is the story of a girl who longs to talk to the moon.  After many failed attempts, she asks Mr Owl how to reach the moon.  By following his advice, she throws a party with her animal friends in honor of the moon.  Gentle and quiet, the book shows that anything can be accomplished once you set your mind to it.  With help from her forest friends, Red Knit Cap Girl discovers a way to finally make her dream come true.

I liked the quiet tone of Red Knit Cap Girl, and thought the soft illustrations fit the story perfectly.  The animals don’t have a lot of distracting detail, but instead are painted with rounded edges.  The shading for the animals is delicate, and the backgrounds all feel textured, which gives the paintings a great deal of depth.  The artist created her paintings on plywood, and each page has a unique backdrop for the story.  I thought the illustrations were cute, and Red Knit Cap Girl and her acorn shaped head are adorable.

GIVEAWAY!

Little Brown and Company has a copy of Red Knit Hat Girl for one lucky reader.  Not sure if you want to enter?  Here are some sample pages from Red Knit Hat Girl!  The animals are super cute! 

 

I love how her knit hat looks like an acorn!

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July Reading Goals and June Wrap-up

In order to help myself tackle more review books, both print and digital, once a month I will be posting a list of books that I hope to read during that month.  I work more efficiently when I have a game plan, so hopefully these monthly posts will keep me focused on my goal of reading and reviewing more books, and will make my TBR not seem so intimidating.  By breaking away chunks of the TBR mountain, I can better manage my reading. In theory, anyway!

I only managed to read 12 books in June, and I think my favorite was Burn Mark by Laura Powell.   I am still trying to get my asthma under control, and the medication I’ve been prescribed makes me tired.  Once I start feeling like myself again, I know I’ll be rockin’ out the books again.

I probably will not get through half of these, but I will try my best to clock in more than 12 books for July!

Can’t Hurry Love by Molly O’Keefe

The Marked by Inara Scott

The Taker by Alma Katsu

Last Real Cowboy by Donna Alward

Body & Soul by Stacey Kade

The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone

Horse Camp by Nicole Lea Helget

Rodeo Rebel by Debra Kayn

The Forgetting Curve by Angie Smibert

Library Wars Vol 7 by Kiiro Yumi

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Wreck of the Nebula Dream by Veronica Scott

Jiu Jiu Vol 1 by Touya Tobina

The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze

The Drops of God vol 1 by  Tadashi Agi & Shu Okimoto

Chase Me by Tamara Hogan

Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine by Jayne Fresina

Lady Amelia’s Mess and a Half  by Samantha Grace

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

What’s on your reading list for July?

Ready! Set! READ!!

Waiting on Wednesday- The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

While I am intrigued by the demons in The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer, it’s the setting that really caught my interest.  I hope Mia gets to at least enjoy some good pasta while she is monster hunting in Milan.

 

Mia’s ordinary life is disrupted in the most horrifying way possible when she is possessed by a hungry and powerful demon–and only saved by the arrival of relatives from Italy, the country her grandfather fled many decades ago. Now her cousins Emilio and Giuliano say the only way to keep her safe is for her to come back with them to Milan, to live, to learn Italian, to fall in and out of love, and to master the family trade: fighting all demons with the lore of bell, book, and candle. Milan is not what Mia expected, but it will change her forever, in this stunningly well-written novel about an American girl who, fleeing an ancient evil, finds her only salvation in her ancestral home.

In stores August 2012

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