Wednesday, May 3, 2017

REVIEW: Gertrude and Toby Meet The Wolf By Shari Tharp

Gertrude the goat and Toby the tortoise are going fishing at 
Trout Lake for their Friday adventure. While at the lake, they see a little boy being dragged off by a hungry wolf! They follow the wolf and rescue the little boy, but the wolf doesn't give up. He goes after them, determined to get his lunch back!

Book 3 in the Gertrude and Toby fairy tale adventure book series
Gertrude and Toby Meet the Wolf is an exciting adventure story for children who are transitioning from beginning readers to chapter books. This is the perfect book for the child who has been tasked with the usual 30-minutes-per-night reading homework. From the standpoint of reading progression, this title fills a specific niche that represents a gap in the children's book market--longer illustrated children's books that are more complex and challenging than typical picture books.

Gertrude and Toby Meet the Wolf incorporates many traditional 
fairy-tale characters that will be immediately recognizable to many young readers. These characters include the Boy Who Cried Wolf, the Three Little Pigs, and of course, the Big Bad Wolf. The presence of these fairy-tale characters adds familiarity for 
young readers and keeps alive the old tales (e.g., those by the 
Brothers Grimm) that we have all come to know and love.

The first and second books in the series, Gertrude and Toby's Friday Adventure and Gertrude and Toby Save the Gingerbread Man, follow the same approach, incorporating fairy-tale characters
in contemporary settings. These are modern stories with more 
complex plots and wording than those of standard picture books, 
but without the daunting word count of typical beginning chapter books.

We hope you love Gertrude and Toby and their series of adventure 
books as much as we do. Happy reading!


Such a cute lil childrens book. Gertrude and Toby are just 
amazing characters and I love how they balence eachother out.

This one is great for a flair from the fairy tale sides. Love love love this author and how she creates each story.

5 stars

Shari Tharp is a graduate of San Diego State University and a 
former teacher. She currently lives in Southern California with 
her husband and son. Her debut book, GERTRUDE AND TOBY'S FRIDAY 
ADVENTURE, won a silver medal IPPY award for Best Illustrated Ebook. 

The next two books in the series, GERTRUDE AND TOBY SAVE THE 
scheduled to be released in late 2016. 

In addition to writing, Shari enjoys playing chess, hiking, 
biking, and reading (of course!).

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