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A Girl Named Willow Krimble Paperback – January 19, 2011
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I received this copy for free in exchange for my honest opinion.
Willow Krimble is a 13 year old girl with a big heart. She tries to see the best in everyone and tries to help out in whatever she can. One day, when a neighbor falls ill, Willow realizes that she's got the unique ability to heal others. Not knowing where these powers came from, Willow must keep her ability from others lest they think she is crazy.
I love the simplicity of the title. The book is about exactly what it says in the title: A Girl Named Willow Krimble. Okay, I know it's not very original, but it definitely suits this book.
I love the cartoon style of the cover. I think a lot of middle graders would find this cover very appealing instead of just some photo of a random girl. The artwork on the cover is amazing even if Willow does appear to be older on the cover than just 13 years.
The world building is very much believable. Willow sees her world as I imagine a 13 year old girl would. The situations Willow found herself in seemed to be very real, and I had no problems imagining the scenes.
I thought the pacing in this novel was superb! Usually, when I read middle grade novels, I try to put myself in that sort of mind frame. However, as an adult, I still loved the pacing. Not one point in the book did I find myself becoming bored or wishing I hadn't started reading this book.
I loved all the characters and thought Mr. Biano did an excellent job bringing them to life. I loved the fact that Willow had a disability but didn't let that stop her. She had a big heart and wanted to share her happiness with the world. I found Razzel, Willow's best friend, to be quite the character. I loved her feistiness and the way she was very protective of Willow. Razzel was such a strong kick-butt character, and I fell in love with how funny and great she was. I'd say she was definitely my favorite character. Wyatt, Willow's older brother, made me chuckle a lot of the time as well. I love how he was constantly eating all the time...well, most of the time. Shayla was definitely an interesting character that I enjoyed. I won't go into too much detail though because I don't want to give anything away.
The dialogue between characters was fun to read. I loved the dialogue between Razzel and Willow the most though because of the chemistry between them. You could definitely tell how much they cared for each other. Do be aware that there are a couple of swear words but nothing major.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading A Girl Named Willow Krimble by Giuseppe Bianco. It is such a heartwarming read, and one I think everyone will enjoy. The only minor annoyance I had was most of the characters had such unusual names. But as I stated previously, that's just a minor thing that doesn't really take anything away from the book.
I'd recommend this book to everyone aged 13+ as it's such a lovely and warming read.
Overall, I'd give A Girl Named Willow Krimble (Willow Krimble #1) by Giuseppe Bianco a 4.75 out of 5.
(This review can also be found on my blog).
To me, Willow Krimble was a sweet little book full of power themes seemingly tailored for young girls. Seriously, if there is a girl in your life who needs a dose of girl power, she would surely benefit from reading this book. The book is filled with important messages of self-esteem, fitting in vs. being yourself, standing up for what's right, being a good friend.
Personally, I would have liked the book to delve further into the mystery of Willow's abilities. That aspect wasn't explained very much, and I really needed more to go on to feel fully satisfied. To be fair,I'm not sure if there is a second book planned that will explain that, I hope so. Willow definitely has more story to tell.
" 'You know, Will,' said Razzel, 'maybe next time we're sitting behind that dark-haired Barbie doll, you
shouldn't play with your food?' "
'Me?' replied Willow.'You're the one who wanted to see how far a hot dog could fly from the rubber band
on my retainer.' "