Tuesday 10 March 2015

Blog Tour Review - Green Gooey Goop by Anna C. Morrison

Green Gooey Goop
Author: Anna C. Morrison
Publisher: Green Gooey Goop
Pages: 16
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Book Description:
A little girl is presented with a different sort of a meal when her mom serves her green gooey goop. Interesting and icky ingredients appear one by one as the little girl decides what's in this noxious-smelling concoction. The little girl creates a flood, and her dog's fur turns green. Suggested age range for readers: 0-8.

This book was written to capture the moment when a child is confronted by healthy food that, while nutritious, may not appear to be delicious.  Many children react imaginatively to new foods, and the child in this book is no exception.  She envisions the ingredients as other than what her mother describes in the first part of the book in an attempt to get out of eating the food.  When she realizes she must eat it anyway, it spills onto the family dog, who may or may not be green forever!

I hope you enjoy starting a conversation with your child about the value of eating healthy foods that also taste delicious.  Thank you for reading Green Gooey Goop!

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I do love a good picture book. They're quick and fun to read. The same can be said for Green Gooey Goop, a story about a parent trying to educate her young daughter about the importance of healthy eating. Readers get to explore the mind of a child as she ponders the possible ingredients of her mother's new green dish. I have a short attention span, so once a story grabs my attention, it has to maintain it or my mind will wonder. The opening lines of this story grabbed my attention right away. I was eager to delve into the imagination of the main protagonist. Admittedly, the story lost my focus midway, which I think was mainly to do with the slant rhymes and the inconsisten metre I happened upon. The rhyme at times felt forced and this shifted my focus.

The story did, howver, manage to recapture my attention for the closing lines. It didn't feel resolved when I got to the end. Clearly, the mother's mission to get her daughter to eat a healthier diet failed so I'm not sure the healthy eating message that was established at the start of the story really came across all too well, though it could perhaps suggest that parents may need to get a little more creative when trying to convince children to eat healthy.

Overall, this was a fun read with some lovely illustrations.



Award: Silver
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Source: Review copy via Pump Up Your Book

About the Author
Anna C. Morrison is an author of children’s books, including Silly Moments and Green Gooey Goop, with many more to follow.  She is also an adjunct professor for multiple colleges and universities, both face-to-face and online.  While she instructs various levels of English composition, she also teaches classes on literature, film, feature writing, and technical writing, among others.  In addition, she has worked with Adapt Courseware as a writing consultant on three video course projects, including college skills and composition.  Anna received her MFA in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and her BA in English, Creative Writing, from California State University, San Bernardino.  Anna is an active member of SCBWI and is available for book signings.  She lives in Southern California with her family and pets.

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