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Posted on March 15, 2019 by Christine Crosby in being brave, facing fears, five senses, spineless book

This Book is Spineless

This Book is Spineless

Author: Lindsay Leslie    Illustrator: Alice Brereton

Age Range: 4-8

Reviewer: Jeanette Perkins aka Beeba

This story is told from the point of view of the book. The book (as you know from the title) is spineless and afraid of any adventure. Yet somehow adventures ensue as the pages visit a ghost story, a mystery, space adventure, some furry beasts and the open ocean. Each page involves one of the senses. The five scenarios seem isolated and getting from one place to another is a little disjointed. But somehow the book and reader arrive safely back on shore and ready for another round of exploring.

“And I’m OK. Are you OK? We’re OK!”

The illustrations are mostly fun and colorful, but there a few I found very dark and frightening, especially for grands on the younger side of the given age range. All in all, a fast paced book to open the conversation on using all of your senses, scary things and overcoming fear.


Lindsay Leslie

About the author:

Lindsay Leslie is a current member of 12×12 and the social media/news coordinator for the Austin SCBWI chapter. She graduated from the University of Texas and has more than fifteen years of writing experience in marketing and public relations. Her blog – A Book and a Pie – reviews picture books and pairs them with fitting pie recipes. She lives with her husband and two boys in Austin, Texas.

Alice Brereton

About the illustrator:

Alice Brereton graduated the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2014, where she won several awards. In her free time, she enjoys doodling monsters and trying her hand at stop-motion animation and paper dyeing. A proud Minnesotan, she currently lives in Minneapolis.

 Jeanette Perkins and grandsonsAbout the reviewer:

Jeanette Perkins is the grandmother of two adorable grandsons. She lives in beautiful St Pete Beach, FL. Jeanette is a product reviewer for GRAND and is looking forward to reviewing lots of new and useful products for all us grandparents.

If you have a product for boomer grandparents and or their grandkids, tell us all about it in an email to editor@grandmagazine.com.

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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