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River Rose and the Magical Lullaby

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Singer's dreamy zoo-trip tale an OK bedtime book.

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There's not much fresh in this rhyming picture book about a magical trip to the zoo. The art by Laura Hughes is cheerful and fun, colorfully conveying the romp with the animals, but the rhyme in River Rose and the Magical Lullaby is sometimes inconsistent, and some story elements are noticeably borrowed from kids' classics. For instance, when River Rose grabs onto some magical (red) balloons outside her window that carry her away, it recalls The Red Ballloon, and at the end she has a "there's no place like home" moment like Dorothy's in The Wizard of Oz. Still, author Kelly Clarkson's celebrity status and the bedtime hook add to its appeal.

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