Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: Rosie and Rolland in the Legendary Show-and-Tell
Publish April 30, 2015
Every child loves to be picked for show-and-tell, and Rosie is no exception. When her turn finally comes, she wants to bring something really special to school. But what? Rosie and her clever dog, Rolland, search her house for the perfect show-and-tell item and find something they weren’t expecting – a treasure map! These two intrepid adventurers follow the tattered map through a mysterious cupboard in Grandpa’s study, finding not only the best show-and-tell ever, but also a grand adventure. Rosie and Rolland in the Legendary Show-and-Tell is Jon Berg’s first picture book. A graduate of Sheridan College of Art and Design, Berg’s backdrops are evocative. Dark shadows alternate with bursts of golden light as Rosie and her dog explore a cave, a jungle, an alligator swamp, and even a Mayan ruin. Their well-drawn facial expressions reflect the hopes and fears of the quest, creating an emotional connection with readers as they share the trials of the two friends. Berg draws on various themes in the storyline, bringing myth, legend, folklore and fantasy together to create Rosie’s quest. The fanciful adventure is neatly tucked into Rosie’s everyday life at school, a setting that will feel familiar to young listeners. Exciting as a read-aloud and engaging for emerging readers, Rosie and Rolland in the Legendary Show-and-Tell has a little something for everyone.