The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear

Encounter at Jellyfish Cove

Children - Grade K-3rd
28 Pages
Reviewed on 10/04/2014
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Author Biography

Carmela Dutra is a writer, and illustrator of children's books. Everyone dreams about taking adventures, having fun, and saving the day. If you can't take a real life adventure the next best thing is to read one. Carmela takes those dreams and brings them to life in her series The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear.
Encounter at Jellyfish Cove is the first in The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear series. The reader is introduced to the main character Lorenzo the Bear, his new friend Lucy Bear, and Lord Boris the Red-Butted Baboon. While accompanying Lorenzo on his adventures, the reader learns the lesson of true friendship. Look for the next book in the Lorenzo series to make it's debut soon.
"Literature has the ability to open up a whole new world to children, but we need to have a share in helping them to find that door and open it with them. Let's set the example and help to foster this love of reading in our little ones. "
~ Carmela Dutra, Author

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear: Encounter at Jellyfish Cove is a children’s book written and illustrated by Carmela Dutra. Lorenzo practices his sword-fighting every day, and the other animals always used to wonder why he did so. He’d explain that he was practicing in case he had to fight a pirate, and they’d all laugh at him when he said that. One day, he met another bear named Lucy who didn’t laugh at his practicing and actually wanted to practice along with him. They had fun meeting up every day and fighting with Lorenzo’s swords until one day Lucy wasn’t at their meeting place. He searched all over for her in vain, until he went to the lake where his friend Larry the Lobster told him that Lucy had been captured by a pirate.

Carmela Dutra’s children’s adventure book, The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear at Jellyfish Cove, is a delight! Dutra combines an exciting and fun adventure tale with some of the most inspired illustrations I’ve seen in some time. Her drawings are deceptively simplistic until you start to examine her use of perspective, scale and coloring. My eyes danced as they followed along the hilly trail that leads Lorenzo to Lucy, and I loved looking at the expressions of the birds who help Lorenzo rescue his friend. Then there’s the fearsome pirate, Lord Boris the Red-Butted Baboon, whose grim and scowling face is just marvelous. Every page of The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear: Encounter at Jellyfish Cove is filled with story and eye-popping art. As I read it, I sat with a huge smile on my face -- and I’m still smiling. This a kid’s book to get excited about, and it is most highly recommended.

Ashley Tetzlaff

The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear: Encounter at Jellyfish Cove is a delightful pirate-y tale written and illustrated by Carmela Dutra. Lorenzo has a hobby – sword fighting. He also has a dream – to fight a nasty pirate. This book describes the realization of his dream and the payoff of his hobby – rescuing a damsel in distress from the Pirate of the Seas, Lord Boris the Red Butted Baboon! The whole story unfolds with full page artwork and easy to read font. Perfect for early readers in grades one to three.

I enjoyed the amazing talents of Carmela Dutra. She not only wrote but also illustrated her story The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear: Encounter at Jellyfish Cove. The pictures were colorful and cute, obviously hand-drawn the good ol’ fashioned way with pencils. I appreciated the little biographies at the beginning of the book of the three main characters: Lorenzo, Lucy, and Lord Boris. The story was interesting and kept me flipping the pages to find out more. I could just imagine being a kid on the edge of my seat. The only drawbacks I saw to the book were 1) the overuse of adverbs, and 2) vocabulary that was rather advanced for a children’s picture book (i.e. contested, diversion, friendly advice). The adverbs were distracting and I felt that kids could get hung up or overwhelmed by the big words. Other than those two issues, everything seemed on target for an audience aged six to nine. I appreciated the adventure and the sweetness of the story and would definitely read more by Dutra.

Katelyn Hensel

Lorenzo the Bear practices his sword fighting every day so that he can face down a pirate! Most of his friends think he's crazy, but along comes another bear named Lucy and she wants to join in on the fight. Then one day, Lucy goes missing. It's a good thing Lorenzo has been practicing his sword fighting because the dreadful Lord Boris the Red-Butted Baboon has taken her prisoner.

I liked the character profiles at the beginning of the book. It helps to have some definition as to who the characters are, particularly if this isn't the first book in the series, so that you can get a feel for any of the past books. I also liked that you got to see a lot of different characters, even if you didn't know a ton about them. There were lions and turtles and toucans and so many more. The book didn't have a whole lot of educational elements, but there was so much fun it didn't really matter much anyway.

The drawings were cute and childlike and would definitely appeal to young readers. It looked like colored pencil illustrations which were nice in this computer generated world. Some of them were so silly they had me laughing out loud. I can't even imagine the kind of fits they would send my niece and nephew into. The story is fun, sweet, and quick. The perfect kind of story that kids will love and request when you read them books night after night. Carmela Dutra has a good one here.