Inner Child is an original Artsy Reader Girl feature, where I take a moment to highlight a cute book for kids! I love children's books. Hey, I started out them! They are the foundation of my love of reading. When I need a smile, or a quick dose of the "good old days", I never hesitate to crack open a picture book and feed my inner child.
Author: Megan Worthy
Design and Characters: Danielle Forrest
Illustrator: Nicole Moon
Release Date: April 4, 2011
Publisher: Worthy Hen Productions
Buy It: Here (used copies are available on Amazon Marketplace)
Add It: Goodreads
Bronte & Frank™ arrive in Moscow in the middle of winter and although Frank is not fond of big cities, he agrees to head outdoors with Bronte to explore some of Moscow's most famous landmarks. During this adventure to Red Square and Gorky Park, Frank must face one of his most secret fears...This book is a darling little story for children ages 3 and up (although I'm 24, and loved it... haha). I was lucky enough to receive a signed copy (by Bronte) from JKSCommunications, which really made me smile. Thank you!
Bronte & Frank go to Moscow™ is a charming children's story that takes you on a fun-filled adventure around the city of Moscow in Russia. The heartwarming story of a little girl and her bear is a hardcover picture book, packed with educational activities, stickers, insider recommendations and a bonus CD. Ages 3+
Bronte & Frank go to Moscow would be especially wonderful for families traveling to Moscow because of all the supplemental information: Moscow info, news websites and medical info (including American clinics, European clinics, and international pharmacies), Moscow emergency numbers, and Bronte's favorite shops, places to eat, and places to visit in Moscow. There is also a glossary in the back of Russian words and phrases, a page to practice writing those words, color pages, the Russian alphabet, a world map with stickers so your child can label the places they have been, word searches, journal pages, a Moscow metro map, Bronte's packing list and jet lag tips, and a post card. There's even a CD called "Sounds of Moscow" with some cute songs on it.
The story itself is simple, sweet, and even a bit informative. It integrates basic Moscow facts, cute imagery of the characters as well as tourist sites in Moscow, Russian words and phrases, reminders to always be polite, and a lesson on opening your mind and conquering your fears. Bronte is very adventurous, while Frank is pretty much scared of everything. Children will be able to relate to both of them, and will most likely giggle at how reluctant Frank is. As he opens his mind and gets excited, children will do so right along with him. It's also rather sweet how Bronte catches on that Frank is scared, and does her best to help him feel better. Those two are very sweet together, and the story is wrapped up with a quiet nap and happy dreams.
Seriously, check out one of the adorable illustrations in Bronte & Frank go to Moscow. More can be found on the website for the series: bronteandfrank.com
Again, I'd like to thank JKSCommunications and author Megan Worthy for giving me this unique opportunity to read about Bronte and Frank, and for inspiring my newest feature, Inner Child. I've never reviewed a children's book before, but I plan to do so periodically in the future.