Thursday, December 8, 2011

Just in time for Christmas....

The Doll Violinist
by Mayra Calvani
illustrated by Amy Moreno

genre: picture book
pages: 27 (or so)
rating: ***

I was given an ecopy of this book to review by Donna McDine, I assume she works for the writer or publisher.  The review is my own opinion.

The Doll Violinist is the story of an orphan girl who falls in love with a doll that holds a violin.  Each day she checks the window to see if the doll is still there.

I first must apologize for my tardiness.  I was given this ecopy back in October and am just now writing the review.  Although I have read the book several times since I received it.  My children have also read it, they like more than I did.  That's all that really matters, it is geared to children.

On with the review.  First, the illustrations are lovely.  They appear to be painted and are full of detail.  the setting is 19th century France, maybe, just a guess.  The clothing and decor have great detail and it is fun just to sit and look at the pictures.  It is a picture book!

I found the story sweet.  I know that's not much to go on.  But it was sweet.  The little girl loves the doll and wants more than anything to have it.  But being an orphan she has no money.  I liked the story, but it's a common theme.  The story occurs around Christmas so there is a nice warm and fuzzy ending.

It's a nice Christmas book with beautiful pictures that little girls will enjoy reading.



Claudine G. said...

The Doll Violinist sounds interesting! Thanks for introducing me to it. :)


Donna M. McDine said...

Thank you very much for your review of Mayra's book and please no need for apologies. We are thrilled that your children are enjoying it so much to read it over and over again.

Best regards,