Book Review: The Adventures of Eric Seagull by Caz Greenham
|5 stars, 1 review|
Author: Caz Greenham
Publisher: SilverWood Books
Magical, Imaginary, Absolutely loved itAre you ready for some "mouth-watering cod fish" and "lip-smacking mackerel fun? " If yes, then let me introduce to you Eric Seagull and tell you about his adventures for children. Eric Seagull lives in Rockface Nest, Brixham Bay, on the beautiful South Devon coast. He shares his home with Herbie Mouse, who loves to cook and keep house. Herbie met Eric at the Ugliest Toad and Best Boogey Monster Competition, held in a fairy cave at Fishcombe Cove. The story begins with a mysterious letter about Cousin Percy who lives in Calais, France. Over clover tea the journey begins.
Caz Greenham writes with a magical, imaginative prose. Greenham transports one into a world filled with the lovable and few mischievous casts of characters that are vibrant and energetic. The plot, which can easily be understood by children ages 6 and up are consistent with the story's fast pace and its high-interest subject that will hold the attention of older preschoolers as well. The Adventures of Eric Seagull is interesting and delightful. For Adults and educators in elementary grades, the book offers an opportunity to teach geographical locations, map making skills, and for literature circles a pleasurable discussion on choice making to friendship. The bright watercolor and pencil illustrations brim with wistfulness, underscoring the tender emotions of the characters.
The Adventures of Eric Seagull is rich with imagery. "Large brown crabs with happy faces trimmed green seaweed salad with their sharp pincer claws. Flying fish spooned slimy black fish eggs into empty oyster shells" is an example of Greenham's vivid and descriptive language that adds depth to Eric's journey. The added mischief of Cousin Percy and Finney the Leprechaun brought much laughter from boys and girls. Reading to younger listeners the words "Red haired mop-head" to "Feather face" had children filled with excitement. Imagery of Percy covering his ears with his wings and beginning to sing, "La La, La" thus ignoring Finny, was a delight for the young listener. This story will become a favorite read for Librarians to share during story hour.
The author, Caz Greenham is equally interesting. The Adventures of Eric Seagull was written while on holiday in Torbay, a borough in Devon, England. The main character Eric was based on a flamboyant Professor of Physics who worked with the author's father. Oh, and if you are ever in Cribbs Causeway you might see the author drive by in a Black BMWx3 Sport with her personal license plate. Her stories of breaking a glass at a book event or walking her cocker spaniels on Facebook also brighten one's day. I highly recommend The Adventures of Eric Seagull by Caz Greenham and look forward to the second book soon to be published titled A Fairy's Wish. So grab your blue beret and join the Eric Seagull Reading Club, it is a five star adventure [by Ginger Dawn Harman]
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