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When Carter and Russell forget their story for a jamboree, they have only one day to write a new one. Soon a pair of unexpected characters enter to ruin the day and a remarkable adventure ensues, leaving the pair with an unexpected reward. A heartwarming tale that begins at home, this wonderfully illustrated book teaches young readers about friendship, integrity, and self-discovery, encouraging them to create their own stories using the tools within themselves. Also woven within the tale is practical advice for ...
When Carter and Russell forget their story for a jamboree, they have only one day to write a new one. Soon a pair of unexpected characters enter to ruin the day and a remarkable adventure ensues, leaving the pair with an unexpected reward. A heartwarming tale that begins at home, this wonderfully illustrated book teaches young readers about friendship, integrity, and self-discovery, encouraging them to create their own stories using the tools within themselves. Also woven within the tale is practical advice for how to write a story, detailing how to write a fictional piece, create a page layout, and design characters.
Posted August 30, 2013
I bought this book for my grandchildren, ages 4, 6, and 8 after my 4 year-old told me he had a king chair built out of Legos. These 3 grandchildren love to tell stories which I have typed in the past and printed them out for them. They love, love, love this attention to their creativity. "King for a Day" is about a boy who needed to write a story and how he found his story in every experience of his day. The art work is exceptional too and the book shows how the characters in the story are drawn. This is a great way to inspire both writing and artistic talent. After we read this book, I brought the 8-year old to the local B&N store where we bought 3 journals (BN bargain books) in each child's favorite color. The 8-year old is already writing in her journal. She is also using the book's tips on how to draw. The 6-year old is learning to read and write, and can't spell all of the words in his story, so his sister wrote his first story for him. The 4-year olds first story was about being a ambulance driver, which is what he wants to be when he grows up. What a great way to inspire their creativity and save their writing/drawing for years!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 9, 2011
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
Is it possible to change an ordinary day into an extraordinary story and become "king for a day"? Russell is a Jack Russell terrier dog who has many passions, such as playing, running, and telling stories. He shares his passions with his best friend, a boy named Carter, along with his stuffed lion Litto, and his toy unicorn Uma. Carter and Russell are supposed to write a story for Momma Gi Gi's Jamboree. The best storyteller is to be crowned "King for a Day." However it's been two weeks and they haven't written a word. Carter is really sad because he wanted to win the crown
On the day of the Jamboree, Russell makes a paper crown for Carter out of a crumpled note to cheer him up. As they're going to the Jamboree with a load of watermelons, they meet a couple of friends, Litto and Uma. Uma wants to be king of the forest, and Litto wants to be king of the jungle, so they snatch Carter's crown. Carter and Russell chase them all over the place in an attempt to get it back, but the crown ends up being destroyed, so the day seems to be wasted. Or is it? What can they do to turn an ordinary day into an ordinary story? Author and illustrator Mark Wayne Adams has illustrated books by many other authors and even written some of his own, including Good NightMare.
King for a Day is a marvelous tale to encourage youthful readers to discover their passion and to use their imagination by creating their own stories. At the end, there are three exercises, "Create Your Own Story," a fun and easy quiz, and a drawing lesson. More drawing and storytelling activities may be found at the book's website. Young people will enjoy the adventuresome spirit presented in the book. And parents will appreciate the fact that it teaches their children all about friendship, integrity, and self-discovery. I really liked it and give it a high five.