Raspberry Sassafras is all kinds of excited about Gertrude and Toby’s Friday Adventure by Shari Tharp. First, Gertrude and Toby live on a farm, which brings back many happy memories of Raspberry’s early, pre-city days. Next, like her own books, Gertrude and Toby is also a series, with Friday Adventure being the first of three. And finally, Gertrude and Toby’s Friday Adventure is Raspberry’s first celebrity book, as it was awarded the Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY) silver medal winner for Best Illustrated EBook! Things are getting fancy up in here!
Gertrude and her best friend Toby are adventurers. No sitting around on the boring farm for them! They love to explore, and every Friday they sneak off the farm for some extra fun. One Friday, Gertrude and Toby decide to visit the local candy store in town. They discover yummy goodies and treats, but soon find that the treats are not free!? Uh oh. The market owner grabs Toby. He demands money for the candy that Gertrude and Toby have taken by mistake. Gertrude must find a way to save her friend and get back home before Farmer Sam returns.
Gertrude and Toby’s Friday Adventure is an exciting adventure story for children who are transitioning from beginning readers to chapter books. This is the perfect book for the child who has been tasked with the usual 30-minutes-per-night reading homework. The traditional fairy-tale characters that make appearances in Gertrude and Toby’s Friday Adventure will be immediately recognizable to most young readers. These characters include Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White’s evil stepmother, Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk), the Gingerbread Man, and a frog princess. The presence of these fairy-tale characters adds familiarity for young readers and keeps alive the old tales (e.g., those by the Brothers Grimm) that we have all come to know and love.
Shari Tharp is a graduate of San Diego State University and a former teacher. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and son. Her debut book, Gertrude and Toby’s Friday Adventure, won a silver medal IPPY award for Best Illustrated Ebook. The next two books in the series, Gertrude and Toby Save The Gingerbread Man and Gertrude and Toby Meet The Wolf, were released in late 2016. In addition to writing, Shari enjoys hiking, biking, and relaxing on the beach (with a good book, of course!).
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