Julietta the Carpenter can build almost anything using wood, metal or fabric. Her skills are put to the test when she runs afoul of her corrupt King. This new fairy tale introduces a resourceful heroine to the boys and girls of today.
Age Group: Children
Source: Review copy from author
This is the second book of Jason Sandberg's that I've read: I reviewed Candy and the Cankersaur earlier this year (read my review here). I enjoyed The New Crown just as much as Candy and the Cankersaur, if not more.
The New Crown introduces a smart, enterprising heroine who takes care of herself and creates her own happy ending through her actions. I like that she does not depend on a prince or man to swoop in and save the day. I think exposing our children, especially daughters, to strong heroines early in life is important, and The New Crown does just that. Beyond the strong message of the book, The New Crown has a great story and beautiful illustrations, which gave a lot of life to the book.
Sandberg writes children's fiction for today's generation, but with a nostalgic feel to it. I really like that quality of his writing. Something about his books makes me think back to my own childhood, and that makes reading his books special for me. I love reading with my two year old, and love that she loves books as much as I do.
Sandberg's books are available in digital format at this time. Check them out on his website here. I look forward to when I can purchase hard copies of his books to keep on Kaitlyn's bookshelf. (Yes, my two year old has her own bookcase and its contents rival mine).
I loved The New Crown and would recommend it to fans of children's fiction and think it's appropriate for age two and up, although younger children will enjoy looking at the vibrant illustrations, even if they don't follow the story.