Gatsby's Grand Adventure

Book 2 Renoir's The Apple Seller

Children - Animals
18 Pages
Reviewed on 08/29/2014
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Gatsby’s Grand Adventure by Barbara Cairns is a children’s story illustrated by Eugene Ruble. It is the second book in the August Renoir series, in which a cat by the name of Gatsby leaps into the famous painting, The Apple Seller, to have an adventure. This gallery cat finds himself meeting the young ladies from the painting as well as their irksome dog, and he inadvertently spoils the content of the painting by interfering with the action within it. It is then up to Gatsby to return to the painting and set things right before it’s too late.

I find it very admirable that Gatsby’s Grand Adventure aims to educate children about great works of art, and the information page at the back of the book provides excellent links and biographical information for children to learn more about Renoir. Ruble’s illustrations are very much in the same vein as the original Renoir style, though I think some of the faces of the girls would probably be a little frightening for some of the young children that I know. Barbara Cairns’s storytelling skills are simple and highly accessible for young readers, with snappy dialogue and playful humour. I found the plot a little too far-fetched in places, for example when the gallery owner sees the painting has changed and has no significant reaction to the discovery, but I suspect that such concerns would not be raised amongst readers of the target audience. Overall, an enjoyable story that educates as well as entertains.