Review of Gnomer's Corner

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Review of Gnomer's Corner

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Gnomer's Corner" by Deborah Cromer.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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Author Deborah Cromer's book is bursting with all the benefits achieved through gardening. Nutrition, health, nature, and fun are just a few advantages mentioned. Told by King Jerome Gnomer, readers can follow this gnome's narrative from planning, to purchasing, to planting, to harvesting. The final event is a feast for everyone in the kingdom.

Gnomer's Corner consists of 62 pages; the text pages and the photo pages are equally divided. Usually, the first line of the text refers to the accompanying picture. For example, when the king goes to purchase seeds from the elf, he pays with gold stones. In the picture with the gnome, there are three gold rocks on the ground by his feet.

The rhyme scheme is basic couplet AABB etc. The meter is fairly consistent with just a few irregularities. There are some forced syntax rhymes such as this one on page 15, "Winter squash to warm the house up while baking in the oven hot/Filling the kitchen with smells of goodness that can't be bought." At times the text page will end with the first line of a couplet and finish with the second line on the next text page. At other times, the couplet ends on one page, and a new one begins on the next page. I found the second option was the easiest to read aloud.

My favorite parts of the book are the descriptions of the various fruits and vegetables that are mentioned. It is obvious that Cromer is an avid gardener, and her enthusiasm for the whole growing process is evident. Her desire to encourage children to acquire her passion is admirable.

Unfortunately, I have some issues with this book. Due to five of the pages consisting of over 20 lines of poetry on each page, it is hard to imagine how it would appeal to children of any age. The addition of "nighttime naughters," elves, and fairies who make the garden grow magically fast sends a conflicting message to traditional gardeners. My least favorite part was the monotony of hearing about how big and green the leaves were on various plants. I was ready to quit the book by page 45 and cannot image this being a book parents would want to read multiple times to their child.

I think by condensing the text to just a few lines under each picture, the book could be appealing to elementary age students. In its current offering, I cannot recommend it to anyone. I am giving it two stars out of four. One star is awarded to the author for her passion, and one star is awarded for excellent editing.

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Gnomer's corner sound like it'll be an interesting read, but it seems it's better suited for age elementary students, so I may not be checking it out. Great review though.
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I think it's an interesting book but after the flaws in it I don't think I'll give it a go for my little brother. Thanks for the honest review.
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This book seems to be poorly exited so I won't be reading this book. Thanks for this awesome review
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Ghuddie wrote: 16 Jan 2022, 02:09 Gnomer's corner sound like it'll be an interesting read, but it seems it's better suited for age elementary students, so I may not be checking it out. Great review though.
I appreciate your comments.
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QualityAndQuantity wrote: 16 Jan 2022, 03:02 I think it's an interesting book but after the flaws in it I don't think I'll give it a go for my little brother. Thanks for the honest review.
I appreciate your comments.
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Chijindu Ifedigbo wrote: 16 Jan 2022, 03:09 This book seems to be poorly exited so I won't be reading this book. Thanks for this awesome review
Thank you for reading my review.
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Based on the synopsis, I think this might be a great book, especially when the author is very enthusiastic with gardening.. I love books that are written with such passion. But due to the negative side, I'll reconsider before adding this book to my wishlist
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I must commend how intriguing your review is but the book has a lot of flaw that's disrupted my interest.
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I'm not sure what I feel about this book. I really appreciate your honest feedback, thank you.
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Gnomer's corner sound like it'll be an interesting read, but it seems it's better suited for age elementary students, so I may not be checking it out. Great review though.
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Sharon Christanto wrote: 16 Jan 2022, 10:22 Based on the synopsis, I think this might be a great book, especially when the author is very enthusiastic with gardening.. I love books that are written with such passion. But due to the negative side, I'll reconsider before adding this book to my wishlist
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Asiaa Szn wrote: 16 Jan 2022, 15:17 I must commend how intriguing your review is but the book has a lot of flaw that's disrupted my interest.
I appreciate your comments.
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nwachukwu raymond wrote: 16 Jan 2022, 15:32 I'm not sure what I feel about this book. I really appreciate your honest feedback, thank you.
Thank you for reading my review and commenting.
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I love gardening. I own a rose bush. So maybe I can get some tips from this book. Otherwise, I’ll just enjoy learning about nutrition and health. Thanks anyway.
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