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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite
For Russell and Carter, their biggest adventure begins in the watermelon patch. First there was mom’s note about the Jamboree, and the journal with the puzzling message: "The greatest treasure is your story. What role will YOU play?" Carter and Russell hadn’t written a thing in this journal, so they had nothing to take but a watermelon. They so wanted Gi Gi’s King for a Day crown, but it looked like that was not to be.
Russell is a Jack Russell terrier owned by his friend Carter. As the story unfolds, Russell has an idea that will cheer up his loyal friend so their journey begins, including their friends Litto and Uma. They grab their journal and away they go, writing their own story. Will these friends find their roles in the story? Will they win the King for a Day Crown?
King for a Day is a wonderfully written story teaching young readers to discover what their passions are and share them with friends, taking action on their thoughts and imaginations. The author teaches young readers how they can take an ordinary day and change it into an extraordinary story. And they can be the Main Characters! This is such a sweet story about sharing friendships, discovering your feelings and the things you love the most. The illustrations are awesome, adding more detail than the story being told. Little readers can look at the pictures in this book and make up stories of their own. Also, a bonus in the back of the book is a few pages on writing stories, and a few pages of illustrations on how to create pictures and illustrate books.
I loved the message of this book and highly recommend it to young readers. If parents see writing and art skills in their child, get a copy of this book for them.