Book Review | GW Frog and the Circus Lion
Author: George W. Everett
When I opened the book, GW Frog and the Circus Lion by George W. Everett, I was immediately drawn to the illustrations (pardon the pun) because they were beautiful, bright and captivating! I flipped through the pages and found myself going back for a second look and a third look as well!
Unfortunately, while the illustrations are amazing, the story itself is a bit lackluster! The story is about how some forest creatures help a lion from the circus who has lost his teeth. The confusion (aside from the premise of a circus appearing in the middle of nowhere), is the age group that is targeted with this book. From the illustrations, I would have thought that the book was geared towards younger children, but with words like “behold”, “procession” and “consult”, the language seems to for an older age group. That being said, I did like the message in the book about helping others as well as the book’s illustrations. I think Everett has real talent as an illustrator and developing positive themes! I think, if he decides to produce another book, he might want to consider the targeted age group more closely and write to their level. Otherwise, I’d recommend this book for anyone who enjoys fun illustrations – it would be easy to share the pictures with a younger child and adapt the writing to share the essence of the story with a young child.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*