Book Review | Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs by Davide Cali and Raphaelle Barbanègre

Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs Davide Cali Raphaelle Barbanegre

Source: Raphaelle Barbanègre

[I received a digital copy of this book from its Canadian publisher Tundra Books via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book.]

I’m hoping to keep my review short and sweet, which is exactly what this book was. (I read it in under five minutes and then re-read it, so I could marvel in its humour and illustrations.) Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs asks readers: what would happen if Snow White didn’t meet 7 dwarfs in the forest but 77?

I’ll give you a hint: She has to do A LOT of work.

The downside to reading this book on my Kindle was that I couldn’t fully appreciate the vibrant illustrations by Montreal illustrator Raphaelle Barbanègre. There were so many little details that I would have loved to zoom in on. Here’s one of the illustrations, from Raphaelle Barbanègre’s website:

Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs Page

(Snow White’s expressions throughout the book are golden.)

This is definitely a book that you will want to read a physical copy of. Plus, Davide Cali’s writing is fantastic. It’s so humorous, and written in a way that is perfect for reading out loud. If my mom still read to me, I could definitely see myself requesting this book over and over again.

Even though this book is targeted towards younger children, I think adults will enjoy it equally. As Snow White caters to the dwarfs needs, I couldn’t help but recall my babysitting days, and the likeness was so funny to me. The dwarfs are a handful, and for someone who couldn’t quite always relate to the original Snow White, I sure as heck related to this one.

Verdict: With a hilarious new twist on a classic tale, Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs is an entertaining and fun read for the whole family. I’d highly recommend checking it out!

Read if: You’re a fan of Snow White, enjoy reading re-imagined tales, want to tickle your funny bone.

Do you think you could handle 77 dwarfs?

Book Review | Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella Shopaholic To The Stars Book Review Book Cover

[I received a copy of this book from its Canadian publisher Random House Canada. This does not affect my opinion of the novel.]

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is back!

Friends, I can’t tell you how excited I was when I heard there was a new Shopaholic book coming out. I’ve finally ditched my old ways of hiding my guilty pleasures, so I’ll even tell you that I squealed when I saw an advanced copy of the book had been mailed to me. (Thank you so, so much, Random House Canada!) For me, the Shopaholic books have always been a source of guaranteed happiness where I know I will laugh, I’ll cringe, and sometimes even cry (and we all know I love doing that). The Shopaholic series is one of my go-to series when I’m having a bad day, and I’m so happy to say that Shopaholic to the Stars lived up to my high expectations.

Here’s a Goodreads description of the book:

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) has stars in her eyes. She and her daughter, Minnie, have joined husband Luke in LA—city of herbal smoothies, multimillion-dollar yoga retreats, and the lure of celebrity. Luke is there to help manage the career of famous actress Sage Seymour—and Becky is convinced she is destined to be Sage’s personal stylist, and go from there to every A-list celebrity in Hollywood! But things become complicated when Becky joins the team of Sage’s archrival. How will charming and supportive Luke deal with this conflict? Is it possible that what Becky wants most will end up hurting those she loves most? Shopaholic fans old and new will devour Sophie Kinsella’s newest adventure!

I think Kinsella’s choice in bringing Becky across the pond was a GREAT idea. It added a freshness to the series and made for a lot of hilarious and sticky situations for Becky to find herself in. There were many spots in the book that made me laugh out loud (in public, no less) but the part that made me giggle the most was when Becky took Minnie to her first day at preschool and tried to adapt to the LA parenting style by shadowing her, encouraging her and “seeing the world at her level”. Minnie did not want to sit still, which meant that Becky had to be pretty creative in her reassuring statements. It’s one of the funniest things I’ve read in a long time.

Shopaholic to the Stars isn’t just funny though. There are also some very cringe-worthy moments and times where I wish I could steer Becky into a different direction. Things just kept getting more and more out of control! If you’re looking for a book with a lot of action and humour, look no further.

The one thing that I didn’t like as much about the book was the fact that it ended on a cliffhanger. It was great in one sense because it meant that there will definitely be another book, but on the other hand I am so impatient that I would rather have my books tied up by the end.

Verdict: A really funny, quintessentially Shopaholic book. Even though the book isn’t always the most realistic, it is definitely reliably interesting and entertaining. That’s what I look for in a good light read!

Read if: You’ve loved the previous Shopaholic books, want a fun read that is both dramatic and hilarious, or are curious to see if the Shopaholic is still such a big spender.

Are you a Shopaholic and Sophie Kinsella fan? Do you think moving Becky to LA was a good idea? Will you read the next installment in the series?