Title: The New Crown
Author & Illustrator: Jason Sandberg
Genre: Children’s Picture Book (Ages 3-6 with adult; Ages 6-9 on their own)
Synopsis: Julietta the Carpenter can build almost anything using wood, metal or fabric. Her skills are put to the test when she runs afoul of her corrupt King. This new fairy tale introduces a resourceful heroine to the boys and girls of today.
My Thoughts: This was another cute story by Jason Sandberg. It was a delightful read with wonderful pictures. I also got to share this book with one of my students who's in second grade to see how he'll react to the book. It was very positive.
The story and characters were fun. The story flowed nicely between scenes and the reader was able to understand the situation the people in this kingdom were in. The King was selfish and made life hard for his people. The heroine was smart and brave. It was very interesting to see how the heroine solved the kingdom's problem about their king.
Like I mentioned before, I shared this with one of my students. He was able to read it smoothly with an exception of a couple of big words. He was engrossed with the story and giggled when he saw the new crown along with what happened at the end. After reading the story, my student said that it was a good book.
What made this children's book very special was that the illustrations were done by Jason himself. He's a wonderful artist and I love his artwork. The pictures went well with the story and the characters were drawn exactly as how the story portrayed them. I really enjoyed looking at the illustrations.
This was a very fun children's book. It might be a little hard for very young kids to read by themselves but it's easy enough for them to follow when read to. I rate it:
About the author and illustrator:
"Hello, I'm a Fine Artist who also wants to produce the 'missing books' from my childhood, the books I wished I'd had."
Jason Sandberg, born in Minneaopolis in 1971, acquired a love of drawing after discovering the artwork of Jacob Kurtzberg. His paintings have been exhibited in Minneaopolis and Manhattan. Art Historian Scott McCloud classified his work as "uncategorizable."