Sunday, October 30, 2022

#BookReview: Euphonia Klank and the Aether Beast: A Steampunk Picture Book for Kids by Tamara Alba

Synopsis: Share your love of the steampunk aesthetic with your child!

Euphonia Klank and the Aether Beast is a fun, playful children's book that takes you and your child on a steampunk adventure.

Join Euphonia as she chases down the Aether Beast, a creature made of colorful light, who she accidentally released to rampage through her steampunk world.

By the end of the story, Euphonia Klank learns to make friends with the skittish Aether Beast. 
But what will happen when her parents come home?

With beautiful pictures, playful language, and a main character full of moxie, this book is perfect for kids five to seven years old.


Rating: 5 Stars
My Review: This was a super cute story with great artwork.  The kids at school seem to love it so I was happy to donate it.  It would be a great story for bedtime or just anytime you want to cozy up and read a book together.  


In Alba's debut fantasy picture book, an adventure ensues when a young girl is left home alone for the first time.
Euphonia Klank is finally old enough to stay home by herself while her parents go out. Things begin quietly as she sits down to read a book, but when her stomach growls, she wants a snack. While reaching for a cookie, she accidentally unleashes an Aether Beast ... Chaos reigns as Euphonia tries to chase it away ("No beasts in the house. You must go out!") with sound effects ("CLINK CLATTER CRASH"; "CLICK CREAK CLANG"). After cornering the beast, Euphonia sees that it fears her; she speaks quietly and kindly to it, and it snuggles up to her and purrs. Euphonia realizes her parents will return shortly, so they must clean up. Euphonia and her new friend greet her parents as they enter the house. Alba ably uses onomatopoeia to intensify the chaos created by the Aether Beast, and readers will find the related learning activities after the story to be engaging. Nechval's delightful, vividly colored illustrations contain steampunklike elements, including the parents' dirigible ship, and provide a good introduction to this SF subgenre. Rivets frame some illustrations, which further adds to the steampunk feel.
A delightfully simple and fun friendship story.
-Kirkus Reviews  --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Tamara Alba is a teacher in the US.

When she is not thinking up fancy stories for children and adults, you can find her cosplaying at various fan conventions across the Pacific Northwest.

She lives with her family on a small farm with sheep, rabbits, ducks, cats, and a dog named Cow.

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