01 May 2012

Garmann's Secret


2¢ Worth: Garmann's Secret is unlike any kid's book I have ever read. The art is funky, bright, detailed, and has a distinct cut and paste collage feel. But what makes it unique is the way the story and the art coalesce. In the story a boy and a girl, through their secret hideout, explore their friendship. Over time that friendship buds into a sweet romance. Which leads me to this coalescence I mentioned. I noticed that as the story progressed, the girl became prettier. Kids will probably miss this message. But to me it was a subtle hidden Easter egg for the adults. Reminding us that loves makes us see things sweeter.

Whippersnappers: There is a kiss and the book does mildly address bullying.

Wind-up:
Garmann's Secret
(written and illustrated by Stian Hole, published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, and available as a 11.5 x 9.4 inches hardcover) is a fun coming of age story with a My Girl feel. 4 stars

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27 comments :

  1. Aw! Your revised logo = too cute, Juju! Perfect for the "new" method you are using to read novels / books. Love it! =)

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    1. Aw thanks for noticing :)

      I've got a new header in the works too ;)

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  2. That cover is gorgeous so I bet the book is too. It sounds sweet!

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  3. This looks adorable. I like the secret message, or "Easter Egg" as you described it. How sweet. How many pages does this one have?

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  4. "loves makes us see things sweeter." AWWW Sounds like a very sweet read!

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  5. This sounds lovely and with little sweet do subtleties. I like the image on the cover.

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  6. Sounds like a sweet children's book and I would love to see the Easter egg you mentioned.

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  7. Aw, how sweet! Sounds like I would love this one. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  8. This sounds adorably sweet and a book I need to add to the must haves for my nephew.

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  9. This looks adorable! Thanks for the heads up ;)

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  10. I love books like that...filled with wonder!

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  11. Sounds like a delightful story! The art inside sounds great too,

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  12. How curious...and I love the reference to MY GIRL. Great find Juju...thanks for sharing!

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  13. i still cry every time i watch My Girl! those colors on the cover are so vivid - almost like a dream! btw, i love your headphones ;-)

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    1. Awwww

      They are aren't they? :)

      And thank you :)

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  14. The My Girl actress is now on a show called VEEP on HBO, and I'm loving her character. Sorry for the random thought there.

    That is a nice Easter egg. People say that love clouds your vision, but I think it clears it! :)

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    1. I've never heard of it. I must look it up! :) She's super cool!

      Amen! :)

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  15. I'm going to have to find this one to see the artwork! :)

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  16. It has a vintage feel to it. I love that you are featuring children's books! Keep up the great work!

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    1. You're right. It does. I never noticed that before.

      Thanks sweetie! :) I sure will.

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  17. Ahh... beauty in the eye of the beholder...

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  18. So cute! I like the covers. I like that she gets prettier as the book progresses. It seems like a thoughtful addition.

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  19. How interesting. I've never heard of a book transforming that way. Love the My Girl reference though, even though that is one sad movie! ;o)

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    1. I don't know if it was intentional or something everyone will see, but I definitely felt it. ;)

      It is a sad one. I think when I think of that movie I try to forget the ending. :)

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