Sunday, April 3, 2016

Review: The Cloudosaurus Rex by Emma McNally with Giveaway

by Emma R. McNally
Picture Book
ages 5+
26 pages

May, Adelle and Eddie go outside to play,

but the weather keeps changing every day.

They see a Cloudosaurus Rex, kind of the sky;
it’s he who decides if it’s wet or dry.
You can learn the days of the week together,
as the Cloudosaurus Rex changes the weather.


This is a sweet book, which encourages kids to search the clouds and use their own imaginations.

With a little imagination, clouds can take on the shapes of so many fun things. In this case, it's a dinosaur...or cloudosaurus. Every day of the week, this puffy dino changes his moods and has something in store for the kids watching him below. The book is written in rhyme and after each day of the week is presented, offers a silly, repeated verse kids can try to imitate themselves (Stand on one leg and so on...) In many ways, it reminded me of a children's song and I caught myself trying to think of a fitting tune, especially since that verse keeps popping up.

The writing is fitting for younger listeners and will make them smile. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone over four years of age, though. At times, the flow felt strained, and because of this, I'm leaning to give this more 3.5 stars. But it is cute, and I don't think the youngest listeners will be bothered by it.

The illustrations have the love of hand-drawn...aren't fancy, but colorful and will catch the attention of young cloud gazers.

Summed up, this is a cute picture book for kids under four. The dinosaur is adorable and is sure to make readers smile. And as a bonus, kids are encouraged not only to move while the story is being read but will soon be searching the clouds for a dinosaur themselves.

And here she is. . .

I have always loved reading and writing. In fact, I had the idea for my first book when I was only 8 years old. As a child we didn’t have a TV, so I was always writing stories, poems, reading or making things out of left over fabric. I studied English Literature and languages at school and gained my Master’s Degree with distinction in 2004. My love of reading has helped me throughout my career and I want to encourage children today to develop their own love of books, which I believe will help them to reach their future potential.
After a successful 25 year corporate career, I took the step to set up my own business two years ago and write, illustrate and publish children’s books – an ambition of mine for many years. I have had amazing reviews and articles written about my work. I believe the greatest critic for a children’s author is the children themselves and they are always honest! It is when a group of children are captivated by my story, mesmerised and hanging off every word, joining in with the rhyming verse and actions and then, when I have finished, ask to hear the book again – this is when I know I have written a great story.

I am always inspired by people who have pursued their dreams relentlessly – their tenacity and drive motivates me to be successful. My late father was a big influence on me and I have inherited his passion, enthusiasm as well as his love of reading. My favourite authors will always be AA Milne and CS Lewis, purely for the fact that you can read their books at any age and be swept away on the waves of your own imagination.     


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