Tiny-Tot Reviews: The Adventures of Isabel by Ogden Nash

Tiny Tot Reviews


Tiny Tot Reviews is a way for me to showcase some of the many children’s books that I read during my down time at the bookstore.

The Adventures of Isabel by Ogden Nash

Illustrated by Bridget Starr Taylor

The Adventures of IsabelSource: Bookstore Stock
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Series: –
Edition: Hardcover, 32 Pages
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon /  Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4/5

Meet Isabel, a remarkable girl (based on Ogden Nash’s own daughter) who encounters four fearsome foes and doesn’t worry, scream or scurry. Courage, spunk and a lot of humor help make Isabel’s adventures something you’ll share over and over again.

Beautiful watercolor paintings bring The Adventures of Isabel vividly to life, while the audio CD of Ogden Nash reading his classic poem will let everyone follow the amazing exploits of Isabel!

You know that post of chilling things kids say? (No? Check it out on Buzzfeed) This is a book for those kids. It’s a bizarre little story that honestly might freak out some more sensitive kids (or parents).

Isabel is a strong little girl who doesn’t have fear and goes into a situation ready to handle it. She encounters some creepy and dangerous foes, but takes them on head first…though I have to admit her disposition of eating monsters is a bit chilling. I find myself at odds with this one…in some cases it’s just a bit weird and in others I’m in love with it. I love that it’s a bit disturbing and that the little girl puts the monsters in their places, but holy-cow it’s weird.

The art is beautiful and a ton of fun to look at, and I love that the watercolors are so bright and vibrant. The book also comes with an audio cd with Ogden Nash reading the poem, which is a great addition since the cadence is a bit odd and I needed some help understand the rhythem.

Overall it’s a unique story with a lot of character and spunk.

4 stars

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2 Responses to Tiny-Tot Reviews: The Adventures of Isabel by Ogden Nash

  1. My daughter loves all the Goosebump books and she watches the Haunting Hour over and over again. I think she inherited my love for creepy things and I think she would probably like this too. Great review.

  2. Does sound very spunky and has a cute cover

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