February 21, 2013

The Great Big Enormous Book of Tashi!

I don't know if any of you recall this Cool Stuff post I did last fall, and I chose the Tashi books as my Cool Book of the week? My kiddo and I hadn't read them yet, and they looked fun and amazing and spectacular. You don't recall? Well that's why I'm here. TO REMIND. 'Cuz I haz a helpful soul. Also, an annoying one.

A publicist from Independent Publishers Group wrote to me and asked if I'd like to get my hands on 'The Great Big Enormous Book of Tashi' by Anna Fienberg, Barbara Feinberg and Kim Gamble, to read and review. My answer was YES YAY HOW FAST CAN IT GET HERE?

I was hoping these books were as cool as they looked. HAPPY DAY, they are! We actually didn't begin reading this book o' Tashi tales until after Christmas, but once we got started, my daughter insisted on a Tashi story EVERY SINGLE DAY for an entire month. We just finished the last Tashi story last week, and now we haz a sad.

(I'm sure IPG is super duper happy right about now that they asked me to review for them, please click on previous link. I'm sorry, when it comes to kitty cat memes I can't help myself, I really can't.)

So what's this Tashi biz all about you are maybe wanting to know? ADVENTURES, my friends. Adventures of a plucky young lad named Tashi, who hails from a land of unknown, quasi-Asian origin. Somehow he has wound up in a typical suburban neighborhood and befriended a boy named Jack, to whom Tashi relates his exploits. Tashi is either the luckiest, or the unluckiest fellow who ever lived, because his life is a non-stop roller coaster of scrapes, mishaps, and near death experiences with ghosts, trolls, evil warlords, uncles, cousins, and demons, AS WELL AS witches, dragons, robbers and monsters.

Did I miss anything?

Tashi is so clever that he escapes every swashbuckling scenario with wit and and his tall hair (or is it a hat? My daughter and I could never tell.) intact.

I can't tell you the love we have for these stories. SO MUCH LOVE. They were absolutely as great as I hoped they would be.

The greatest genius of the books is the way very simple vocabulary is used to create really interesting plot lines. There were very few words my kiddo didn't understand, but yet the stories were fabulously descriptive and intricately worded. I didn't feel the stories were dumbed down for young kids in any way, but yet it was easy enough for my 1st grader to understand and read on her own. (she preferred to read it with us though.) I'd suggest this for kids 6-11.

The other big seller was the HUMOR. We like our books funny! The tone of all the Tashi tales are very light hearted and enthusiastic. Behold some of the names of the characters, who are recurring throughout the stories:

Ah-Chu.

Bu-li. (get it? he's a BULLY.)

Not-Yet. (he's my favorite, he makes shoes VERY SLOWLY, so he always gets asked, 'Are the shoes ready?' 'Not yet!')

Oh, Uncle TIKI-PU, we would giggle EVERY TIME we read this name. EVERY TIME. I'm laughing now, actually.

Now, if your child scares easily or is under 6, I think you gotta wait. There are some scary-esque looking demons and the later stories in the book increase in length and are meant, I feel, for 7-and-up kids. Julia loved each and every one however, and had no problem with all the derring-do and James Bond-ish escapes Tashi had to perform to flee his various captors who either wanted to eat him, cook him, drown him in a river, or let tigers dispatch him.

The black-and-white pencil art is super fun and there's a picture on nearly every page, which my daughter looooooved. You can get this big huge book, or get the books individually, but if your kiddo is into adventure stories, you must must must seek out the Tashi stories!

16 comments:

  1. I do remember you mentioning Tashi before, and my nine year old got the Great Big Enormous Book for Christmas as a result. And LOVED it. I was wondering if it was too big and cumbersome for him to manage but he enjoyed leaning back on two pillows with it propped up on his knees, and every now and again saying nonchalantly, "Im on page 465," or "page 591". And enjoying his brothers impressed/jealous glances. Thanks a MILLION for the recommendation, he has already started to re read the stories.

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    1. That's SO great Lucy, I'm thrilled your son enjoyed it! I'm of two minds about the stories being in one great big book. The awesome thing is that you have ALL the stories, boom, in one place. The flip side, is that it's a BIG book to lug around and flip through. When we were done, Andrew was like, wow I can't believe we read all of those stories!

      I can see us doing a lot of re-reading of these as well, b/c they're just so much fun.

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  2. This books looks fantastic... but yes I agree, a bit scary for the young ones. I have yet to read a Tashi book! Makes me wonder and now I'll have to check my library!

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    1. you have it to look forward to at a later time Cherie!

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  3. Oh dear, this looks right up our alley... Our library has none, of course, but on to our wish list it goes!

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    1. from what I've been able to glean about your girlies, you guys will LOVE this :) xo

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  4. Heavens... this would be a huge hit in our house, of that I'm sure. And so cool that there is a big book of all the stories! Now I want to get my paws on it!... I've gotta check the library.

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  5. How fun does that book look? We have a bit of an easily scared one here though...who is also under 6...so I guess we're waiting...:( Of course, this is the same child that is DYING to see Oz--despite the warnings that some scenes may be intense for young children. I really don't know what to do about that. I suppose I'll have to wait and see what people think of the intense scenes (like are they more or less scary than the intense scenes in Brave.) Hmm, all of which has nothing to do with Tashi! I know you are always so happy when my random comments come around ;)

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    1. Julia wants to see the new Oz too! and hadn't seen the old one until just a couple of days ago. I was like, you certainly aren't seeing a new Oz movie without seeing the original. she's most likely still is not seeing the new one, not unless I see it first and read a ton of reviews saying it's ok for a younger crowd.

      I love and adore your random comments ALWAYS :

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  6. These stories would be greatly loved at my house! I know they would. I hope my library has them, I'm checking right now...

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    1. nope :( I'll enlist Bonnie to help me... her library is so much better than mine.

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  7. Those look awesome and I am filing it away for later as my daughter is only 3. But she frequently asks for books with bad guys in them and those demons look a lot like oni, the Japanese demons seen in one of her favorites, The Funny Little Woman. Thank you!

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  8. I've never heard of Tashi and he looks like all kinds of FUN!! Great review. You had me at Giants, Ghosts, Witches, Bandits, Demons, Monsters :)

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