Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: Gabby, Wonder Girl
Publish October 4, 2016
Following the success of Gabby and Gabby, Drama Queen, author Joyce Grant and illustrator Jan Dolby deliver another word-building adventure in Gabby, Wonder Girl. Once again, Gabby and her sidekick Roy bring words to life using letters from Gabby’s magical alphabet book. This time they must also solve a mystery, and they discover that question marks will help them find the answers they seek. Grant uses alliteration to emphasize all the things a letter can do. For example, Roy removes a “messy M from the mud” and “adds an A around his ankle.” Grant also includes several question words to help kids grasp the use of this punctuation mark: who, where, and how are all explored. Dolby’s spunky illustrations capture Gabby’s energy: when Gabby ran “so fast she was practically a blur” her legs are replaced with a spiraling circle. Kids who are familiar with the series will recognize the expressive frog, cat, and blue bird, who can be seen throughout the book. A hedgehog appears in nearly every scene; he holds a series of letters that kids can string together to spell a secret word. Gabby, Wonder Girl is an enjoyable story that offers kids plenty of enrichment on and beyond its pages. Back matter includes activities like word scrambles and question-based games. A more comprehensive list of question words can also be found here, as can a paragraph explaining the significance of the inukshuk found in Gabby’s neighbour’s garden. Links to online resources and teacher guides are also available.
Illustration EN: Jan Dolby
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
ISBN 13: 978-1-55455-384-6
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