Sunday, June 8, 2008

Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing)

Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing) by Alison McGhee, with pictures by Drazen Kozjan
Nine-year-old Julia Gillian learns a lot about facing fear as she and her St. Bernard, Bigfoot, take long walks through their Minneapolis neighborhood one hot summer, and she seeks the courage to finish a book that could have an unhappy ending.


Carrot in the stew said...

I loved this book. I grew up in South Minneapolis and I loved the references to Bryant Hardware, the Rose Gardens, the lakes.. and it was fun to read a story in that setting. I think this book is for the youngest of the interest group. It is about a girl and her dog and how hard it is to find your courage and to face something that may be sad, but needs to be faced to be dealth with. I didn't get the mask thing and why she walked around her neighborhood with her masks on, that may be a dangerous idea...
I give this one 3***

Carrot in the stew said...

I forgot to mention that I thought the illustrations in the book are wonderful.