Book review: Ta-Da!, by Kathy Ellen Davis, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita

Davis, Kathy Ellen. Ta-Da! Illustrated by Kaylani Juanita. Chronicle Books, 2018. $16.99. ISBN 9781452145136. Unpaged. Ages 3-8. P9Q9

This creative story uses repeating phrases to convey conflict – Dun Dun Duh! and resolution – Ta-Da! Two children go back and forth changing the direction of the story; taking it from a crystal castle, to a pirate ship, to an island vacation… wherever their imaginations take them. Along the way they encounter dragons, pirates, and magicians. The vivid illustrations are bold and provide lots of interesting details. In the end, the  little girl and little boy work to use their magical powers together to create the perfect story.

Verdict: This is a great book for both school and home. Children can see the power of using imagination come to life in this book. I also see this as a great book for young siblings dealing with conflict resolution.

August 2018 review by Denyse Marsh.


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