Edgar and the Tree House of Usher by Jennifer Adams #RIPX

Edgar loves his sister, with some Poe flair!

About Edgar and The Tree House of Usher by Jennifer Adams"It was a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year ... " when the mischievous raven Edgar heads to his friend Roderick's house to work on their tree house. Edgar dashes his sister Lenore's hopes with the ever-popular phrase "sisters are not allowed," until a storm starts to brew and the two boys realize that sometimes the best things happen when you decide to stick together. The third picture book in the popular Edgar series is sure to warm the hearts of kids and parents alike.

My two cents

This is a lovely children's book which is an unabashed nod to Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher. It's hard for me to say anything about that connection since I've never read this classic. I can't bring myself to read this online, even if it is available on Project Gutenberg! So please bear with this review in that respect.

However, in keeping with the tradition of the absolutely wonderful Baby Lit series by Jennifer Adams, keep an eye open for the Edgar series, whether you're looking for a treat for yourself or to start the brainwashing of the young 'uns with classics-inspired reading fare.

I've reviewed four books in the Baby Lit series so far: Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre, Don Quixote and The Secret Garden. While the Baby Lit books focus on specific skill building (counting, colours, language, etc.), Edgar and The Tree House of Usher is a straightforward short story. It is a sweet tale about a typical sibling relationship characterized by a love 'em, hate 'em dynamic. In the end of it all, oh-but-of-course, familial love prevails.

Who can resist the cute raven Edgar as the main character?

And the illustrations! Ron Stucki (who claims he looked like Edgar Allan Poe when he was younger) renders the story in a gothic-era feel in sedate greens and blacks. Being so used to the hyper colour of Alison Oliver's illustrations in the Baby Lit books (yet another amazing illustrator), this feels a little more sophisticated, especially since this is for younger readers.

Verdict: If you're an Edgar Allan Poe fan and want to pass that love on to a young reader, the Edgar series may just do the trick!

Need your older kids to be less annoying to the younger? This book drives home that point like a dream.

I received a copy of this book from the author for honest review consideration.

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