Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Children's Book Review and Giveaway: Silent Words by Chantal Fournier, Illus by Nicolas Lajeunesse

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from Novel Publicity, Communications, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Welcome to our stop on the Silent Words book tour today!


Zelda loves to talk. She always asks a million questions and her head is full of words like apple, bunny, cartwheel and dwizzledoodle. But when a sudden storm turns Zelda’s world upside down, all her words go silent. Zelda must embark on a quest across mountains, forests and oceans to find her parents—and her voice. This moving tale about loss and hope will tug at your heartstrings. Author Chantal Fournier’s poetic storytelling style and illustrator Nicolas Lajeunesse’s evocative artwork combine to create a poignant story in which a child discovers comfort in the power of words.




While this book is aimed at kids 7 and up, I would say kids more like 9/10 and up would enjoy it more, as loosing your parents could be a troubling subject matter for 7/8 year olds still. And Zelda does appear to be older (I would say the 11/12 range).  Girls who are chatterboxes will relate to Zelda, and how she is always talking, and how if she could no longer speak , it would be tragic! Children will also understand how living with a different guardian is not the same as living with your parents, who have a more intimate knowledge of all your quirks, and how adjusting can be very hard. But Zelda is a survivor and strong, and she learns to adjust. This aspect I truly love, for girls! Ultimately the story is about change, loss, family and hope for the future and children will easily relate to Zelda and her struggles. It is a lovely book to read as a family, and discuss. The modern illustrations are striking and will entrance kids too. It is a lovely book to read as a family, and discuss.  We recommend it!

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Originally from a small-ish city not too far from Montreal, I now live in Toronto, Canada, after a long stint on the beautiful Canadian West Coast, where I taught French to university students. Silent Words, the story of a girl floating on a peculiar cloud, is my debut book. It is the fruit of a long collaboration with my artistic husband, Nicolas. 

  Nicolas Lajeunesse (Illustrator) As the son of a sculptor and the grandson of a painter, art has always been a part of my life. After studying filmmaking in Montreal and working with my father for a few years, I left my French-Canadian roots and headed for the West Coast, where I discovered digital arts. I live in Toronto, Canada, with my wife and family. 

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  1. Thank you so much for posting and taking part in the tour, I am so glad you enjoyed the book!

    ~Marie (Novel Publicity)

  2. Thanks for this wonderful feature. My favorite book was Anne of Green Gables, the story, the characters, the writing and the beauty. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com


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