Book review: Isabella is the 'Star of the Story' in series' third picture book

Published: Saturday, April 6 2013 12:30 p.m. MDT

"Isabella: Star of the Story" is a picture book by Jennifer Fosberry, who will be doing book events in Provo on April 11 and Salt Lake City on April 12.

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

ISABELLA: Star of the Story,” by Jennifer Fosberry, illustrated by Mike Litwin, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $16.99 (ages 4 and up)

The usual trip for Isabella and her parents to the library ends up most unusual when Isabella propels into the lives of book characters in the children’s room.

“I am not Isabella, I am Peter Pan, and I am flying two stars to the right ….”

“I am Alice, and I am following a little white rabbit on an epic adventure ….”

“I am Dorothy, and I have been twisted away to a wonderful world but now I am trying to get back ….”

When the librarian reminds her to follow the yellow brick road and asks, “Whose name is on the library card?” Isabella admits she’s “just someone who loves a good book.”

Fans of spunky Isabella (“My Name is Not Isabella,” and “Isabella: Girl on the Go”) will again be delighted by her antics and with Mike Litwin’s eye-popping illustrations as she dances through a half-dozen memorable classics in the newest installment in the series "Isabella: Star of the Story.” The youngest readers will even seek (and find) Isabella’s faithful button-eyed mouse companion tucked somewhere in each scene.

The author has included background information on each of the six books that Isabella chooses with additional selected reading and references.

With National Library Month in April and Children’s Book Week in May, "Isabella: Star of the Story” is a perfect picture book to celebrate the book and the child.

If you go ...

What: Jennifer Fosberry book signings

When: Thursday, April 11, 4:15-5 p.m.

Where: Provo City Library, 550 N. University Ave, Provo

Web: www.provolibrary.com

Also ...

When: Friday, April 12, 4 p.m.

Where: Anderson-Foothill Library, 1135 S. 21st East, Salt Lake City

Web: kingsenglish.com, www.slcpl.lib.ut.us

Notes: She will be featured during the Dia de los Ninos/Dia de Los Libros celebration

Also ...

When: Friday, April 12, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Barnes and Noble, McIntyre Center, 1104 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City

Web: barnesandnoble.com

Email: marilousorensen@ymail.com

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