- ASIN: B08JQMTXYM
- Publisher: Everybody Loves Grace Publishing (15 Oct. 2020)
- Language: English
- Print length: 99 pages
- Genre: Children’s Dog Books
Grace, a Finnish Lapphund, asks to go on a road trip to the East Coast so she can visit where her mommy grew up and her big brother lived for five years. In the process, she gets to some of the things on her bucket list including seeing the United States, having fun at Koziar’s Christmas Village, visiting Nathan’s new apartment, and exploring historic Philadelphia.
The BookViral Review:
A genuine gem of a read Everybody Loves Grace: A True Story of Grace’s Adventure To Pennsylvania proves another wonder-filled release from Katy McQuaid who once again gives us a corker of a story.
Quite often in illustrated children’s books the words or illustrations will outweigh the other to the detrimental impact of the message, but McQuaid and Lavalley compliment each other perfectly. With Lavalley’s illustrations of Grace and the places she visits perfectly capturing the tone of McQuaid’s tale whilst her muted colour palette adds richness and depth. These combining with McQuaid’s delightful prose to make a story that looks and reads quite effortlessly but which, in reality, is rather rare.
With a tactile vocabulary that stirs the senses, A True Story of Grace’s Adventure To Pennsylvania is a special book. A book that’s immersive and full of life as we journey with Grace and her Mommy through seven American states. A journey which when seen from Grace’s unique viewpoint becomes a journey of magical discovery.
In an age defined by an endless stream of sophisticated and unrelenting media enticing children to want things they believe they must have McQuaid gives her young readers a wonderfully unencumbered perspective. One that’s part history lesson and part geography lesson in a series that reflects on those qualities that connect and enrich our lives.
Stories like these are sadly only too rare but along with a little humour Everybody Loves Grace: A True Story of Grace’s Adventure To Pennsylvania has everything you’d expect from a children’s classic and is unreservedly recommended.