Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sofia the First: The Secret Library by Craig Gerber and Catherine Hapka -- OPTIONAL

Gerber, Craig and Catherine Hapka Sofia the First: The Secret Library, Illustrated by Grace Lee. PICTURE BOOK. Disney Press, 2015. $16.99.

When Aunt Tilly visits Enchancia, Sofia learns about secret passageways throughout the castle. By following them she discovers a secret library where unfinished stories are waiting for her to give them happy endings. Her first one begins immediately, with a kidnapped pegasus.

While fans of Sofia the First may enjoy this one, it feels less like a story book and more like a dry synopsis of a television episode with flowery illustrations scattered throughout -- perhaps because that's probably what it is. Because of the television-to-picture-book format, the story feels flat and incomplete, lacking in both depth and relevance.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- OPTIONAL. Reviewed by Sydney G., K-6 Certified Library Media Specialist

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