Review of Guardian of the Groceries
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Michael Albanese
Illustrated by Laura Kirkland
Ages 4-6 | 40 Pages
Publisher: The Weight of Ink | ISBN-13: 978-1-732-898-707
What to Expect: Adventure, Make-Believe, Family
Henry is bored. Sitting on the steps of his house, he wonders what he can possibly do with such a boring day. Then, his mother proposes going to the most boring place in the whole world: the grocery store! Could his day possibly get any more boring? Just when he thinks he can’t take the boredom anymore, things start to get exciting. First, his shopping cart transforms into a spaceship, with him as Captain. Then, he battles a ferocious cereal box monster (using lactomissiles); a sticky, stinky cheese monster (using a fiery blow-torch); and the terrible Broccolisaurus monster. By the time they finally reach the checkout, Henry has to admit that his mom was right—the grocery store isn’t so boring after all!
Complaints about boredom are familiar to most parents (especially during the current lockdown), and it can be difficult to know how to deal with them. Even for adults, it can be hard to find anything exciting about mundane chores like the weekly shop. And, with so many children becoming used to turning to expensive toys and digital media for entertainment, it can sometimes feel like the important childhood traditions of fun are being lost. Guardian of the Groceries is valuable because it reminds readers that with a little bit of imagination, anything can be fun—even a trip to the store. Full of humor that is emphasized by the bright, comic book-like illustrations, Guardian of the Groceries celebrates the power of imaginative play and its ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. It’s a fun story for bored young readers everywhere.
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About the Author
Michael Albanese is a writer, entrepreneur, and coffee aficionado. After many years adventuring in New York City and Los Angeles, he relocated to Georgia to help pioneer a creative community in South Atlanta called Trilith. Michael lives and dreams with his wife, actress Wynn Everett, and their two imaginative daughters.
For more information, visit https://www.guardianofthegroceries.com/
About the Illustrator
Laura Kirkland embodies creativity. As an artist who founded Laura Kirkland Designs and contributed some of the bestselling ceramic designs at Glory Haus, she lives to inspire wonder in everything she does. Her creative spirit is present everywhere from gardening, painting, and illustrating. Laura lives on 6 acres in Marietta, GA with her husband Sean and their 5 children (along with many chickens!). Guardian of the Groceries is her first children’s book.
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