Saturday, May 28, 2016

*Review* Tomas and the Galapagos Adventure by Carolyn Lunn

Genre: Children's Illustrated
Published: June 7, 2016
Pages: 28


Join Tomas as he rides his beloved horse, Bonito, through his home of Ecuador and see the landscape from the banana plantations to the beautiful wooded hills. Travel with Tomas as he goes on a dream journey to explore the ocean and beach of one of the Galapagos Islands. From riding a green sea turtle and seeing a humpback whale pod and hammerhead sharks, to a lunch of fresh fruits and fish with pirates on the beach and escaping from a volcano eruption, Tomas goes on a grand adventure, and he s still home in time for dinner with his mama."


I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was an imaginative tale about a boy from Ecuador who wants to be a cowboy, or who is a cowboy really, I guess. He spends his days out riding his horse around the countryside. It uses a few Spanish phrases, but only a few that do not detract from understanding the story (and they are translated at the end of the story for further edification). I thought the story was a bit strange, but also informative. I particularly liked the facts at the end of the book. 

The illustrations were very bright and colorful, definitely eye-catching. They almost tell the story without words being needed. I do think that might detract from the words slightly.

My 7 year old read this book to me, and while he stumbled over a few of the words, it was fairly simple for him to read. He said it was a good book and his favorite part was the sea turtle. 

Overall I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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About the Author

Carolyn Lunn has been writing since she was a child, starting with poems in birthday cards to family members. Her first published books were early readers inspired by her two children.

Carolyn graduated from the University of Oregon before spending a year at the University of Poitiers in France. She enjoyed several study breaks spent in Belgium, Spain, Portugal and Italy.
After graduating, she taught English in Tokyo, was a nanny in Germany, and lived in England for 
nine years. In all these places, she always sought out the best coffee shops and museums.

Carolyn lives in colorful Colorado where she would be lost if not for the mountains. When not writing, she is gardening, running, watching sports, or making home-made pasta. The only
traveling she does now is to coffee shops, or trips to dog-sit her "grand-children" : Boursin, 
the puggle, and shelter-dog, Osita. Both can find trouble, but are irresistibly adorable.

Carolyn hopes her books pique curiosity in children and make the world a little smaller because
children the world over are fundamentally the same. Though they speak different languages or
eat different foods, children are curious, need love and happiness, and gaze at the same stars.

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