Have you ever wanted to go to a Hullabaloo? Well you're in luck, The Worldwide Adventure Society of Shenanigans and Hullabaloos is ready to take you on an adventure! The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia is a whimsical tale that is sure to get your child laughing out loud and saying, "for Scandinavia, and her berries!" Read my full review of the story, that teaches a very important lesson, by Audrey Smit and Jackie Knapp below.
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The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia | Children's Book Review
The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia | About the Book
Title: The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia
Story By: Audrey Smit and Jackie Knapp
Words By: Jackie Knapp
Illustrated By: Audrey Smit
In the first of a series of whimsical adventures, Lily Huckleberry meets Freia, a little girl with flowers in her hair from Scandinavia who is preparing to celebrate Midsummer.
Lily is gifted a magical globe from The Worldwide Adventure Society of Shenanigans and Hullabaloos and is transported right to Freia's doorstep!
From there, Lily helps save Midsummer and makes some magical friends along the way.
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Throughout The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinvia there are opportunities for children (and adults) to learn a few Swedish words, like "Mormor" for grandmother - don't worry the proper pronunciation is printed under each word! (For reference, "Mormor" is pronounced "more-more", something I learned from this book!)
"Adventures await, if you close your eyes & shout
Along with the fun adventures Lily takes through out Scandinavia visiting places like Denmark, Copenhagen, Sweden, and Norway she learns an important lesson, people aren't always what they seem.
The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia | My Thoughts
The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia is an absolute joy to read!
At first, I thought this book might be a bit too long for my children as they are both under the age of 5 and this looks like a thick book when you pick it up and I thought there was no way we would get though it in one sitting.
BUT, there are a lot of pages (like the one above) that feature almost full page illustration with just a few lines of text so the story itself isn't really as long and drawn out as as it may seem.
This book is so engaging! There are multiple instances where the book asks you to recite a mantra of sorts, with Lily and that really gets my two excited - we often shout together, "take me to a hullaballoo!"
Both of my girls have sat through this entire thing multiple times and they continue to ask me to read it to them again and again.
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The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia is a beautiful hard cover book with a very impressive binding, something that you do not see very often on children's books these days.
Another thing that makes this book stand out is it comes with a high quality patch!
Lily earns a patch for her adventures across Scandinavia and at the back of the book there is a patch for your child too! Children can earn adventure patches along with Lily as she travels through other magical places through additional books in this series!
During her adventure Lily meets an elf, a mermaid, talking mice, the Queen and vikings!
The illustrations are bright and colorful, and appear to give a nod to the kawaii, as many people throughout the book feature big, oval eyes with specs of white as their pupils - this only further adds to the whimsy of it all!
I cannot gush about this book enough! It is one of the more original concepts for a children's book I've read, it is so well done!
About the Audrey Smit
"Audrey grew up in a small village in France, and has lived all over the world. From Arizona to Ireland via the Pacific Northwest and Denmark, her design inspirations are fused from these beautiful places and their people.
Audrey now lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and four adventurous little girls. She loves strawberry shortcakes, cameras, hugs and all things colorful and quirky. She hopes that This Little Street brings happiness and colors into your life - with products that make you smile when you look at them."
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