Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Bella's Fall Coat

Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Review - Bella's Fall Coat

Bella's Fall Coat

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About the Book
BELLA’S FALL COAT by Lynn Plourde with illustrations by Susan Gal (Disney-Hyperion; On Sale: September 6, 2016) is a loving and whimsical picture book that captures the wonders of fall as it reflects the common childhood desire that everything stay exactly as it is forever. Bella loves the sights and sounds of fall--the crinkle-crackle of fallen leaves, the crunch of crisp, red apples, the honking and flapping of migrating geese. She wants the season to last forever. She also wants her fall coat--the one her Grams made especially for her--to last forever. But the coat is worn-out and too small. . . . With a snip and a whir, Grams makes sure Bella will be warm when the first snowflakes fall. And Bella finds a perfect use for her old favorite coat--on the first snowman of the season.

About the Author
Lynn Plourde ( has had thirty picture books published, including You're Doing That in the Talent Show?!, You're Wearing That to School?!, Wild Child, and Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud. She considers herself a “teaching author,” because she makes so many visits to schools to teach kids how to become better writers. Lynn lives in Winthrop, Maine, in a house surrounded by woods, and during her favorite season of fall, the trees fill her yard with colorful leaf confetti.

About the Illustrator 
Susan Gal ( began her illustration career as a poster and calendar artist in Los Angeles and then became an "in-betweener" (the artist who fills in movements between key frames in animation) for Disney Animation in Florida. Susan now lives in the Bay Area of California, where she happily creates lively, textural, and whimsical illustrations. She has written and illustrated several books for children, including Night Lights, Please Take Me for a Walk, Into the Outdoors, and Day by Day. When not working, Susan enjoys biking, backpacking, and hiking to really high places with her husband and daughter.

My Take on the Book
This was a beautiful book that brings together a wonderful story with a fun plot and memorable characters. On top of this you also get a book that is strewn with colors that simply jump off of the page and illustrations that truly bring you into the fall season. This is a truly wonderful story that you will love to share as a family!

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