To all our booknerd friends in the US, Happy Memorial Day! And to those of you outside the US (who aren’t celebrating a three-day weekend), happy Monday to you! Welcome to the Ginger Mom’s stop on the Sarah’s Shadow blog tour, hosted by the lovely Rachel’s Random Resources!
by Nick Jones
Illustrated by Si Clark
Publisher: Full Media Ltd
Release Date: December 6, 2017
Genre: KidLit | Picture Books
Source: Author / Publisher in Exchange for Honest Review
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Reviewed by Megan
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Everybody has some part of themselves that they wish they could change. Well, almost everybody. And in this book, Sarah – the main character – is no different. Sarah is tall and thin, making her shadow taller and thinner. And, because kids can be cruel, Sarah is teased for her shadow 😦
So, naturally, Sarah does what any kid would do. She wishes her shadow would just go away. Except, Sarah’s shadow actually DOES go away! She makes a wish on a shooting star and the next thing she knows, so long shadow! So Sarah’s happy, right? For awhile, yes. Then, she’s off to camp and when night comes, the other kids want to make shadow puppets. This could be a problem for a girl without a shadow! Can Sarah find her shadow and fix everything before the other girls notice she doesn’t have a shadow? Or is it too late?
Obviously, I’m not telling! But, I will say that this is one of my favorite books of 2018. As somebody who knows what it’s like to wish something about yourself was a little different, I felt for Sarah. She was a character I could really understand and want to succeed, a necessary quality in any good protagonist. As for the artwork – I loved how this book was illustrated. The character styles show Sarah as a tall, thin girl. The part that got me, though, was that the bully girl is just as thin as Sarah! Childhood logic at its finest 🙂
Of course, reading this with Mister Chu resulted in an explanation that no, shadows can’t really disappear. He insisted that her shadow was gone and we agreed to disagree ❤ This book teaches kids of all ages a great lesson about being happy with who you are. It’s one I will be pulling out when Lady Quinn and Mister Chu are a bit older and able to really understand it.
And – one more little note – I absolutely love it when authors make book trailers for their books (whether they’re picture books or adult). It’s just one more way to see the characters from the author’s perspective and I love it!
About the Author
Nick Jones is an author based in Cheshire, UK, bur originally from Bristol. He has written a series of joke books and an illustrated children’s book. His first joke book, Gagged and Bound, was written during the summer of 2014 and was published by Full Media Ltd later in the year to critical acclaim, garnering positive reviews from numerous book review websites such as Reader’s Favorite and The Bookbag. A follow-up, Gagged and Bound 2, was released a year later and received a similarly positive response, and in 2017 Nick returned with the third installment. Nick returned with a very different book, Sarah’s Shadow, in December 2017. He has several new books in the pipeline, including two picture books and a children’s joke book.
I received a complementary copy of Sarah’s Shadow via the Rachel’s Random Resources blog tour, in exchange for my honest review. The gifting of this eARC in no way influenced my review and all opinions expressed within are entirely my own. Additional disclaimer – I have also purchased a Kindle copy of this book, in order to support the author, because I enjoyed the book.
If you could change something about yourself, would you? Is there something that makes you unique from everyone else? One thing that makes me unique is my red hair. Yes, I am a proud ginger! There were times, as a child and in my adult life, that I wished I could change my hair. But now, I realize that it is part of who I am. It just means a little more sunblock is needed 😉 As always, thanks for reading! We love you just the way you are!