Book Review: I Told You So! The Adventures of William and Thomas by Mark Gunning
What do you get when you put William and Thomas together? A boatload of adventure, that’s what! Just when the neighbors thought it was safe to head outside, William has other plans. William and Thomas are ten-year-old boys that know how to have fun. From outrageous stunts to spectacular pranks, the boys will keep you guessing. Will anyone be safe? This early MG collection of short humorous stories is designed to put a smile on your face. Or at least a grin. Warning! William and Thomas are professional kids, and all stunts, pranks, and shenanigans should not be attempted. You’ve been warned!
About the Author
Mark Gunning has been an elementary teacher since 1996, spending most of his time in the junior grades, and decided to start writing to try and reach reluctant readers with his unique style of storytelling. His hard work paid off quickly as the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) presented Mark Gunning with its 2018 Children's Literature Award for his first book entitled I Told You So! The Adventures of William and Thomas. Since its release in 2017, he has released two more books in the series and is welcoming the release of his fourth book in the series in early 2021. Mark is married with three children and enjoys playing guitar, going to concerts, hiking in the Niagara Gorge, and watching sports. Luckily, he spent his childhood growing up in Chippawa, Ontario, which is a part of Niagara Falls. Many of his stories come from experiences or ideas he and his friends had growing up there. Mark released Strike Three, You're Out, the third book in his ongoing series in March of 2020. He is currently working on Back 4 More, his fourth book in the series. Rumour has it that he is also developing a new mystery series. When it will come out is still a mystery.
You can find more information about the illustrator, Kathy Goodwin on her Goodreads page.
Eve’s Book Review
Having raised two boys, I find this book to not only be funny but truthful as well. The disclaimer at the beginning is to be heeded by all.
99% of the drawings are black and white sketches that would do a ten-year-old boy proud. At the back of the book is a Glossary followed by “Got a Plan? Let’s Talk” where the author answers questions about himself and his writing. There is also a sneak peek about his next book.
An interesting book that could be enjoyed by younger children, as well as the 10–12-year old’s, that the book was written to.
About the Reviewer
As a children’s author, I am blessed to live in the imaginary world of Barn Town where the animals talk and share their lives with me. I believe that I have the best job there is. Another joy I have is reading other children’s authors and sharing their work with you. Read a book and share the joy with others.
Storytelling is as much a part of me as breathing is to my body. I have found that as I tell stories, putting them on paper, it makes room for the other stories that are building and will need to be told soon. I write for children because of their wonderful imaginations. They are the very best at believing that the probable can become possible. Nothing is any better than when the reader climbs into the adventure and joins the journey with you.
You can read Eve’s column on the 2nd Monday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.