Monday, July 20, 2009

Miss L'eau by T. Katz -- Book Review

Miss L’eau by T. Katz is a delightful chapter book with an excellent message.

James and David like their teacher, Miss L’eau. She’s a lot like the other teachers at their school, yet, there’s something different about her too. And she has the most amazing eyes. One day, James seeks shelter from a storm in the boys’ secret hiding place by the old lighthouse. James thinks he sees something, but certainly that can’t really be what he saw. Suddenly Miss L’eau is more mysterious than ever. The boys are determined to figure out her secret. They don’t know, however, how much that secret will change their lives..and perhaps, the world.

In this exciting and fun short chapter book, the story focuses on two young boys and their teacher. While there are other characters popping in from time to time, in true chapter book format the number of characters is limited, allowing young readers to easily grasp everything that is going on.

The mystery surrounding Miss L’eau and why she is in Grant Harbor keeps readers turning the pages. In a short amount of time, James and David go from giving little consideration to the ocean that they have lived next to all their lives, to strong proponents of protecting the ocean and marine life.

The soothing cover art works well with the topic of the book, a mixture of darker and paler oceanic blues; though I have to admit that the one big eye in the middle of the cover creeps me out. Perhaps an animated version of an eye or a smaller picture of two eyes might have made it less jarring.

Miss L’eau will show young readers how easy and fun it can be to take care of the world around them and to encourage others to do the same.

Title: Miss L'eau
Author: T. Katz
Publisher: Windstorm Creative, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-59092-404-4
SRP: $9.99 (U.S.)

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