Official Review: Oggy Goes Shell Shopping by Felicia Sais

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Official Review: Oggy Goes Shell Shopping by Felicia Sais

Post by CataclysmicKnight » 02 Jul 2018, 20:55

[Following is an official review of "Oggy Goes Shell Shopping" by Felicia Sais.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Oggy is a turtle in his fifties, and like many of us can attest to with age, some things about him aren't in the best shape. This is especially true of Oggy's shell, an old, tattered, plain, beaten up shell that he's had since hatching. His wife has been trying for years to convince him to get a new one, but Oggy worries that getting a new shell will make him forget all the wonderful memories he and his shell have made over the last 50+ years. To make the transition a bit easier, he decided to reach out to his best friend Rand, who has gotten numerous new shells over the years. Rand takes him to a giant store to pick one out, and Oggy learns that maybe getting a new shell isn't such a bad thing after all.

When I first saw Oggy Goes Shell Shopping by Felicia Sais I was really intrigued by how a turtle buying a shell would work as a children's book. Maybe it was that element of curiosity and lack of expectation that led to Felicia blowing me away with this book! The metaphor of getting a new shell is perfect for all sorts of situations. Are you moving? If Oggy could get a new shell and not lose his old memories, so can your child(ren)! Maybe your kid has a favorite outfit or toy that they can't live without. Oggy not only lets go of his old shell, he learns that there's a big world of newness out there, and that letting go can actually be an improvement! So many children's books teach a single lesson, which can be really helpful in specific circumstances, but Oggy's experience is applicable to countless situations that all kids eventually go through.

The writing itself is also wonderful. There are rhymes on most pages, but they never feel forced or oddly phrased. Oggy may be older and more reptilian than most children, but he's still very relatable with his nervousness about letting go of his old shell. Heck, even as an adult I reluctantly let go of things. I literally had the entire sole of my shoe come off once at work, and at the time I delivered furniture and appliances! We stubborn folks don't want to let go of what we know works for us, but just like Oggy, we eventually learn that things can be so much better.

While Felicia does a terrific job with the writing, Mike Ferrin really delivered on the art. These are full-page hand-created pieces of art, and it walks a fine line between cartoon and comic. The triangle glasses on Oggy's wife are reminiscent of Rocko's Modern Life, and the facial expressions are glorious on every page. Oggy has a great deal of personality, and his taped-up, suspender-clad shell is hysterical. Felicia and Mike really came together well on this book and both the art and the writing expertly compliment one another.

Oggy Goes Shell Shopping has no recommended age on Amazon, but I'd recommend it for early readers all the way through those learning to read longer books on their own. There's a fair balance of bigger words and basics, although none of the words are any kind of difficult for parents to explain. My rating of Oggy Goes Shell Shopping is 4 out of 4 stars, and I truly have no complaints. The book is short and sweet, has a fantastic lesson, had no errors or formatting issues, and had both solid writing and art. The book is also cute enough that I'd recommend it to older children who may not be into children's books anymore but are having a tough time letting go of a childhood home, an old bike, a favorite outfit or a treasured stuffed animal.

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Post by julessawyer » 03 Jul 2018, 07:33

this made me smile. I think this will be a good book for everyone who loves good work of art and good story to compliment it. I love the moral of the story. thanks. your review is well written. :)

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Post by kandscreeley » 03 Jul 2018, 08:47

I love the book already! The cover is cute, and the summary you gave sounds fabulous. It sounds like it'd be great for children who are about to have a major life change in one way or another. Thanks so much for showing us this fabulous book!
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Post by Britty01 » 03 Jul 2018, 11:45

This book sounds truly delightful and a novel way to help young children adjust to change in their lives. A beautiful descriptive review from CataclysmicKnight.

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Post by MsTri » 03 Jul 2018, 20:36

This sounds like an awesome book. I too have trouble letting go of things, so perhaps I could use the lesson. I also like the idea of seeing Oggy's beat-up and taped shell; just picturing it in my head is making me laugh... Thanks for the wonderful review.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 03 Jul 2018, 22:03

A creative story with beautiful art that teaches a lesson, too? Sounds like a delightful children's book. Great review!

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Post by AJamie » 04 Jul 2018, 04:43

It sounds like a book that can teach both the old and young a lesson or two. Thanks for the wonderful review

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Post by LaurenHaupt » 05 Jul 2018, 09:57

Love the cover already. Very unique children's book. I like the theme that you just described. Sounds like a great book.
Great review!

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Post by Kendra M Parker » 06 Jul 2018, 15:46

This sounds like a book that would be great for me! I can have a tough time letting go, so maybe I need to read this one with my kids. :D

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Post by Educational » 08 Jul 2018, 03:31

Oggy Goes Shell Shopping by Felicia Sais is an interesting book I feel like reading it again and again with my Kids :D

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Post by _am_meg_02_06_19_87_ » 08 Jul 2018, 06:28

This book reminds me of some old saying that:
" there's nothing wrong to have changes in life as long as it is good for you or for everybody who's sorrounds you...changes in life makes us worthy..but some changes makes us misserable... Some teach us to learn from a mistake and stand for a second chance... Changes is good...but dont forget some good and memorable past in life... Bring it while will help us to face new life...

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Post by Faithmwangi » 09 Jul 2018, 07:18

This sounds hilarious and to add to it, there is a teachable moment. Change is inevitable, and instead of being scared of it, we should be able to embrace it. It doesn't come easily but its something we do get used to with time. Great review!

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Post by nieshastroops » 12 Jul 2018, 04:58

Cute, and read that teaches one how to embrace things out of our control is a plus.

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Post by booklysis » 17 Aug 2018, 09:21

The story sounds funny and exciting. Nice review!

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