Beth @ Beth Art from the Heart
My peeps are the best peeps around and I welcome you to partake of today's review of The New Crown by Jason Sandberg. I'm a Grandma of three adolescent boys and one girl toddler who has this ole lady wrapped around her tiny little fingers. So with Claire Bear in mind, we will begin our review.
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.
From Grandma's Perspective:
I don't know if I am more impressed with Jason Sandberg as an author or an illustrator, but I sure envy him the talent to be able to do both! Once again he has written and illustrated a charming tale about a kingdom contolled and ruled by an evil King. Julietta is a very talented member of the kingdom and she of course is pure and good and like Mr. Sandberg, so talented in many ways. She can craft with many mediums--fabric, metals, wood and she can give promising and hopeful advice to her fellow kingdom dwellers, which angers the king immensely. This story shows the plight between goodness and evil, as well as providing hope for the young in dire circumstances. You know the old adage, where there is a will, there is a way. I also applaud the fact that it is an empowering tale for young girls everywhere!
Well done Mr. Sandberg....very well done! I will definitely be sharing this with my young lady! 5 WINKS!
Jenna @ Little Bird Reads
The New Crown is an impressive story. I adored the illustrations and characters. King Plunder is awful- and Jason did a phenomenal job bringing that out in just a few short pages. Between his name, actions, and the illustrations, King Plunder is quickly painted into the story as an evil villain who is ruining the happiness in Platavia. On the flip side is our heroine: Julietta. The first sentence where we meet her immediately solidified my love of this story. First of all, she is a GIRL and she is the heroine. Gender issues are non-existent as Julietta is a strong woman who is a carpenter and an inventor! I love the image her character presents to kids- girls will look up to her and boys will see that girls can do anything boys can do. Hallelujah for gender equality! Aside from the characters, the story itself is cute and endearing. An evil King needs to step off his throne and peace needs to be restored. The way that this classic concept is actually played out though, is unique. A girl is the one who sets things right- and she does it with her mind. This is a story that I will read to every kid that I can. It sends a great message and the illustrations are excellent.
I loved Jason Sanberg's first story, Candy & The Cankersaur, but I really love The New Crown. I think all parents need to get this book for their kids on their ereaders. It is absolutely worth it. This will be a story the kids come back to over and over.
Kelli @ I'd So Rather Be Reading
This is the second book of Jason Sandberg's that I've read: I reviewed Candy and the Cankersaur earlier this year. 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. 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.
Wendy @ Minding Spot
The New Crown is Sandberg's newest children's book and this one is also a winner! Only twenty-eight pages, The New Crown is beautifully illustrated and easy to read. Some of the words are a big harder than his previous book, Candy and the Cankersaur, but with the help of an adult, little ones should have no problem following along.
Julietta is a strong character who I instantly fell in love with. She can work and make something out of almost anything and her comradie with the villagers anger the king. He's evil, she's good and I don't want to spoil it for you, but it is really a stellar read with a great moral story. Highly recommend!
Gina @ Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Today, we are taking a look at one of the latest releases from an author and illustrator that self admittedly wants to write the books that he wished HE had during his childhood. Thus far from my two adventures through his pages, I'd say he's right on target. Ready to meet today's featured title? Your wish is my cheerfully fulfilled commend. Today's book of choice is The New Crown.
Here we have a King that is anything but just, a kingdom at his mercy which is seriously lacking...and a girl who is on a first name basis with tools of all kinds. Her name is Julietta and to say she is a carpenter would be, in my mind, cutting her skills off at the quick. True, she is handy with wood and metal, but the size of her heart and the sparks of genius flying through her mind at what set her truly apart. Good thing the king hasn't noticed her....wait a second. Uh-oh. Too late.
Once gaining the attention of "his majesty", it seems her future is only to be filled with dismal days in the dungeon. Oh, if only there was some way to convince the King he's made a terrible mistake! If only he'd listen to reason! If only...there was someone with enough creativity, enough imagination to concoct a concept that would act the part of "shiny object" to distract the King long enough to see an alternative to his first line of dispatching his problem, aka Julietta. If only indeed. ^_^ Don't worry folks, this is a children's book so no true harm befalls anyone, but let's just say a happy ending (for some) is just around the corner.
Author/Illustrator Jason Sandberg strikes a happy medium between stories of old and something newly imagined. This ebook welcomes readers looking for a good Picture Book with rich illustrations full of crisp lines (a style favorite I'm beginning to notice) and an appealing color palette, while still satisfying those that stayed for the story. You'll laugh at the King and his snooty self full of enough bad advice for TWO kingdoms and smile at Julietta's resourcefulness when all appears to be lost. It's a story that was written for his daughter a few years back (as I'm told straight from the author himself...how nice!) but whose reach I can see being much more global...and of course its ebook format makes the size of that reach even easier to accomplish.
So, if you're looking for a new read for the little ones in your life or to share during family reading time, this one's definitely for you. It'll draw the eyes of wee ones, capture the attention of those a tad older and bring a smile to the faces of those well out of the crawling stages with it's unexpected ending. All in all, a fun read recommended for all ages...princesses and princes alike!
Isis @ The Small Nerd
I did a review of Jason Sandberg’s first children’s book Candy and the Cankersaur a few months back. That was such a cute story that when he contacted me again with his latest children’s book I immediately read it.
This is definitely more advanced than Candy was, but is still simple enough for children to follow along. The drawings are more sophisticated. They are still bright and colorful and eye-catching. The story itself is great and there’s a nice twist at the end. Julietta is a great character: resourceful and smart.
This was charming and fun to read. It’s perfect if you’ve got kids or young cousins–or even if you babysit!
Gigi Ann @ Ann's Reading Corner
I recently read and reviewed Mr. Sandberg's book "Candy and the Cankersaur" and found it a delightful book. I again found this book "The New Crown" a delightful and fun book to read also. The pictures that go along with the story are fantastic and makes the story as sweet as cotton candy, a fun book to read with your children or grandchildren.
I read this charming story in about 10-15 minutes. As a bedtime story Picture Book it's aimed for children ages 3-6. As a read-alone Picture Book it's appropriate for children aged 6-9. There are a few difficult words and phrases, but that's alright. It will help the parents and child to have a discussion about those words and phrases. What do they mean, and how do they fit into the story?
My thanks to the author, Jason Sandberg, who provided this book for me to read and give an honest review. Thank you for this charming book. (I was won over) The book send me back to my childhood, and I felt like a young princess again. My favorite fairy tale is "Cinderella" so I love reading cute little fairy tales. They keep me young at heart, and I liked this book so much I awarded it 5 stars.
Susan @ Suko's Notebook
Although I read very few ebooks, when author Jason Sandberg contacted me recently about his ebook, The New Crown, published in 2013, I knew I was in for a treat. At the beginning of this year, I read his first book, Candy and the Cankersaur, a charming ebook for children, which focuses on a young girl and her pet dinosaur. This time, the book is about the Kingdom of Platavia, which is ruled by King Plunder. His name says it all. King Plunder takes whatever he wants, and gives nothing to the people but bad advice. The best way to deal with King Plunder is to avoid him as much as possible, and to visit Julietta instead for assistance and advice. A skilled carpenter and inventor, Julietta can make just about anything, using wood, metal, or fabric. She's invented machines and can fix whatever is broken; she can even make fancy hats! One day, Julietta is arrested for making a hat that's grander than King Plunder's crown. Locked away in a tower, Julietta has to figure out a way to become free, and to continue to help the people of the kingdom, who are suffering under the rule of a very selfish king.
Once again, I read this picture book on my iPad mini, which is the perfect eReader for a book of this length (27 pages total). I took a look at the book as well on my iPhone, but I preferred it on my iPad mini, because of the spacing and the size.
Author Jason Sandberg has put his imagination to good use again. The illustrations are especially appealing, with just the right amount of detail. The expressions of the main characters, pompous King Plunder and helpful Julietta, as well as of the other characters, skillfully convey various emotions, so that parents and children could discuss what characters are feeling or thinking. Inspired by the Disney princess stage his daughter went through, the author has created a picture book with a fairy tale feel to it. The New Crown would be a wonderful bedtime story for children ages 3-6, and a terrific read-alone book for children ages 6-9. You're never too old for picture books, and I enjoyed reading The New Crown, which is colorful and clever and altogether captivating.
Vonnie @ Vonnie's Reading Corner
This was another cute story by Jason Sandberg. It was a delightful read with wonderful pictures. I also got to share this book with one of my students who's in second grade to see how he'll react to the book. It was very positive.
The story and characters were fun. The story flowed nicely between scenes and the reader was able to understand the situation the people in this kingdom were in. The King was selfish and made life hard for his people. The heroine was smart and brave. It was very interesting to see how the heroine solved the kingdom's problem about their king.
Like I mentioned before, I shared this with one of my students. He was able to read it smoothly with an exception of a couple of big words. He was engrossed with the story and giggled when he saw the new crown along with what happened at the end. After reading the story, my student said that it was a good book.
What made this children's book very special was that the illustrations were done by Jason himself. He's a wonderful artist and I love his artwork. The pictures went well with the story and the characters were drawn exactly as how the story portrayed them. I really enjoyed looking at the illustrations.
This was a very fun children's book. It might be a little hard for very young kids to read by themselves but it's easy enough for them to follow when read to.
Tonja @ Bookworm for Kids
This is the second book I've read from Jason Sandberg and enjoyed it just as much as the first - Candy and the Cankersaur. The illustrations are a colorful cross between the traditional and a more modern style, which was perfect considering this is an original fairy tale set back in some far away kingdom.
I always enjoy fairy tales (the dreamer in me) and was delighted by this one. The gruff king deserves a lesson, and Julietta is a modern, self-assured heroine ready to teach him one. It ends with a hilarious solution, one that had me and my kids laughing.
Although the colorful pictures and funny tale might interest even the youngest readers, I would first recommend this for children 5+. The word choice is more advanced, offering beginning school children a chance to expand their vocabulary as they follow the enjoyable tale.
Charlotte Lynn @ A Novel Review
In the Kingdom of Platavia King Plunder is a bad king. He takes what he wants, changes the laws, and gives bad advice. This is semi-typical fairy tale. What I loved was that the “hero” was actually a “heroine.” The fact that Julietta used her brain and made decisions that not only kept her out of the royal jail, but also rid the town of the bad king made her the real heroine of the story.
The colors and art in this story is amazing. The bright colors and great pictures had me pausing at each page and really looking at it, not just reading the words. This is the first book of Jason Sandberg’s that I have read and I will happily recommend them to all my friends and family that have young children.
Leigh Ann @ Mama's Book Corner
King Plunder was a mean king who took whatever he wanted. The only reason that the people of Platavia obeyed him was because they were frightened of him. There were so many laws that the people couldn't remember them all.
Julietta the Carpenter could build anything. And when she created a fancy hat for a customer the king became very angry because the hat was grander and taller than his crown. This was against his rules. He had Julietta arrested and locked away, but she had an idea that could free her and save the town from this horrible king. Will she be able to save the day or will she forever be a prisoner?
This was a very cute story with great illustrations. My four year old daughter was a huge fan of it. She really liked Julietta and thought she was very smart and brave. We are looking forward to more from this author in the future.
Zapkode Marie @ Just One More Chapter
This book is about determination to right the wrongs placed in front of us. The king in this book is mean and doesn’t like anything to not accommodate himself – I can think of a few children with that same perspective. Because of his assumption of how life should be he makes some terrible judgment calls that make his followers unhappy with him.
Julietta is a problem solver. An inventor and the answer to ending the kings terrible reign. If you’d like to know what happens you need to read the book. However, I think this is a wonderful simple, funny attention grabbing book for any child that loves to be read to. My children enjoyed the story and laughed a lot throughout.
The story and the illustrations go together nicely and help to keep the attention of the children. Another well written/ illustrated book by Mr. Sandberg!
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