ONCE UPON A TIME'S BIG 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY WITH DAVID SHANNON 9/11 AT 1 PM
Celebrating our 50TH ANNIVERSARY in a BIG GRAND WAY
On Sunday, September 11th at 1 pm - at the Montrose Farmer's Market in the 2300 block (by Joselito's/petting zoo) we will be hosting beloved artist No, David's DAVID SHANNON.
We will be raffling off prizes, storytelling, free anniversary cake, photo booth and stories by David Shannon.
The school with the most students at the event will win an author school visit!!! Show your school spirit!
ABOUT DAVID: David is the internationally acclaimed creator of more than 30 picture books, including the No, David series of books (winning a Caldecott Honor!), DUCK ON A BIKE, A BAD CASE OF STRIPES, HOW I BECAME A PIRATE, and many more.
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I enjoyed the book although it's not one I would have selected on my own. Especially for a debut novel I thought it was well done and engaging. I can't attest to the historical accuracy of the book's premise (yes, I know it's historical fiction). Over-all I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy, entertaining read for beachside (when beaches reopen) or for a weekend of relaxation even if it's in your own backyard. There were moments where I thought the perspectives of the protagonist - Anita (The Woman in Red) - stemmed from our 21st century experiences as opposed to how the setting might have been perceived in the time period of the book, but this wasn't so distracting that it ruined the novel. On an entirely positive note, I would say that one place where most novels fail for me is the ending - too many novels are either entirely predictable or feel rushed and hurried as if trying to tie up all the loose ends. I was not expecting the outcome at the end of The Woman in Red!
Overall I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars . It was a respectable first novel from Diana Giovinazzo, with an engaging story line that was enjoyably uncomplicated yet intriguing, a likeable protagonist, and a surprise ending.
- reviewed by Diane, customer