Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Book review for “Quincy Moves to the Desert” by Camille Matthews

I generally read and review novels, but when I got the chance to read and review this children’s book, I jumped at the chance.

Every night, we have “story time” with my kids. They range from ages 9 to 15. I thought for sure that the 9 year old would enjoy the book—and I was right—but what I didn’t expect is how captivated my other three daughters (and even my wife!) would be when I read them the book.

The blurb on the back states, “In this story about adventure, friendship and hope, Quincy goes West and learns that horses are everywhere.” With this basic premise, Matthews writes an engaging and educational story. Heck, I even learned things I didn’t know about horses. She uses a clever device of Quincy and his best friend, Beau, to tell the story. Beau is more knowledgeable about horses and explains things to Quincy as they travel across the country.

The illustrations by Michelle Black are a perfect accompaniment to this story. She captures the essence of the story without detracting from it. I especially liked the picture of the Kentucky derby. It portrays the power and speed of the race in a still painting.

Who would like this book? Well, my mother was an elementary school teacher for more years than I should mention. This is exactly the kind of book that she would have had in her classroom for students to read and enjoy, while learning in the process. It’s a great book for parents to read to their kids.

Quincy Moves to the Desert is actually the second in the series. The first book is called Quincy Finds a New Home.

After reading the second one, I’ll certainly have to get the first one! For more information on Quincy the horse, click here.

Author Camille Matthews

This book tour was set up by Walker Author Tours.

***Disclaimer: I received an complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.***

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful review! Thank you so much for hosting Camille on her tour.