Linty: A Pocketful of Adventure

Written by Mike Shiell Illustrated by Mike Shiell
Published by Kids Can Press 

A book review by Henry (8) and Tate (7)

Linty: A Pocketful of Adventure

“My favourite part of the story is when wash day happens and Linty gets fluffy. He looks really cute when he’s fluffy.”

Hi Tate and Henry! Can you tell us what this book is about?

Henry: This book is about a piece of lint and his life living in a pocket. First, he is alone. Then he makes some friends who join him in the pocket. Then he starts to explore the outside world. His world changes from being just inside a pocket by himself to being in a whole bedroom with others.

Tate: I liked this book! It was about a piece of lint finding some new friends.

What do you like about this book?

Henry: I like how funny this book is and how Linty doesn’t know about the outside world. He doesn’t know what bubbles are and is scared when he pops the bubble.

Tate: It was funny when he started spinning around in the washing machine and became really fluffy afterwards.

What is your favourite part of the story?

Henry: My favourite part of the story is when wash day happens and Linty gets fluffy. He looks really cute when he’s fluffy.

What do you like about the illustrations?

Henry: I like that the illustrations are simple cartoons. And Linty is the cutest.

Tate: I liked trying to find Linty’s new friends in the picture of the boys messy room. It was like a seek and find picture.

Why should kids read this book?

Henry: Kids should read this book because it’s funny and easy to read. It makes you laugh and smile.

If you could ask the author or illustrator a question, what would it be?

Henry: If I could ask the illustrator a question I would ask them how long did it take to imagine all the characters and draw them? How long did it take to draw the bedroom?

Author response:

Mike: I’m so glad to hear that you liked my book! On and off it took me over two years to write and illustrate my first Linty book. I started with just the Linty character and then I began to imagine what other objects/characters would join him in the pocket. At one point I had a frog character because as a little boy I once put a frog in my pocket. Here’s the tip of the day; Do not put frogs in your pockets! I wanted to add as much detail in the kid’s bedroom so I spent a lot of time thinking of things that could go in a little boys bedroom and also places where I could hide Linty’s friends. That two page spread took me over a week to illustrate. I plan to turn Linty’s world into a book series so stay tuned for Linty’s next adventure! (Psst, in the next book, Linty gets out of the pocket).

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