At long last!
I can’t tell you how long I’ve been looking for a good, wholesome children’s series.
Do you realize how hard this is to find these days? Our children have blown through all the classic children’s series . . . So then what?
That’s why I was so thrilled when I found out about the Growly Books series by Philip and Erin Ulrich. I’d heard such lovely things that I had to check it out for myself.
And I was not disappointed.
These books are absolutely delightful!
My husband asked me in the car yesterday what it was that I liked so much about them and here’s what I told him:
Wholesome. We want our children to “feed” on books with solid, family values and that’s becoming an increasingly rare find.
Intelligent. The authors use terrific vocabulary words and relatively sophisticated sentence structure. Our kids don’t appreciate “silly talk” or “dumbing down”. They vastly prefer to reach up than to bend down.
Darling illustrations. These are some of the sweetest children’s illustrations I’ve seen in a long time. They’re adorable, but not so “cutesie” as to put off our 10 year old son.
Short chapters. If your child is still a newer reader, he/she can read through the entire book, taking one, “chewable” bite at a time.
A Read aloud. If your child is not a reader yet? These would also make for a perfect read aloud.
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The Growly Books
By Philip and Erin Ulrich
Illustrated by Annie Barnett
Pages: ranging from 254 – 274 (depending on the book)
Here We Go Productions (2013, 2014)
Age Recommendation: 8- 12 years (although I’d include 4 – 7 year olds)
The Growly Books: Begin (Volume 1)
For centuries the bears of Haven have lived quiet lives, high in the mountains at the edge of the great Precipice. That all changes for a young cub named Growly when he receives a mysterious message. With just his backpack and glider, Growly sets out on a desperate journey to find his grandfather’s long lost friend . . . and to find a way back home.
Begin is the first book in The Growly Books series. Written for the 8-12 year old reading level, it is also a captivating read aloud for younger children. The book contains 35 chapters and 13 illustrations.
Available here: The Growly Books: Begin (Volume 1)
The Growly Books: Widewater (Volume 2)
Growly’s adventure has taken him far from home in search of C.J., his grandfather’s long-lost friend who disappeared over The Precipice. Now, the desperate quest continues as Growly, Chippy, and Tully find themselves facing a journey across the Ocean. In a makeshift sailboat, Growly and his friends embark on their greatest adventure yet. It is a journey that will take them to far-off lands and mysterious cities—into the unknown … across the wide, wide water.
Available here: The Growly Books: Widewater (Volume 2)
The Growly Books: Morning (Volume 3)
Growly, Chippy, and Tully have braved the Ocean and a mysterious ruined city to find C.J., the elder bear who disappeared many years before. Now, with time running out, the friends must search for clues to find a way back up The Precipice. As their journey takes them into places unknown, Growly is about to realize that sometimes the greatest adventure is finding the way back home.
Available here: The Growly Books: Morning (Volume 3)
*Special note: The authors are currently offering an autographed set of the complete trilogy for one week, for those who purchase a bundle of all three. See here for more information: The Growly Books Trilogy.
(Isn’t the illustration darling? And notice how loving the parents are with each other….oh, yes. Thank you. )
The Growly Books is one of the best children’s trilogies I’ve come across in years. These books are full of fun, family adventure which offer our children uplifting life lessons – all wrapped up in an engaging story. Delightfully illustrated, they make for fabulous chapter books for your new reader, or wonderful read alouds for the entire family. Highly recommended.
A charming children’s series – at long last!
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