BICA BOOK REVIEWS
Review April 2018 - Djabali´s Journey revised edition - English - local print
Review February 2018 - Djabali´s Journey revised edition - English - local print
Judging books for children was for many years part of my job. I was delighted to read this subtle story, Djabali´s Journey. The story will appeal to young and old but I would recommend reading it together! Although the story takes place in Spain, the theme is universal. The beautiful illustrations bring the story to life. At the back the main characters each get an extra page with photos and facts about their species. That makes the book complete and rich. A book of exceptional quality! I love it. Margaret van Meer is a retired teacher who used to work together with the library to promote reading for children. She is also an author, and an artist. Olhão, Portugal.
Review May 2016 - Djabali and Andalu - English - Amazon - Print
Just a great story! This is not a traditional picture book. It has more of a philosophical side along with the surface adventure story which will make it appealing to older readers as well. I think Djabali is a wonderful character and that the friends he meets along the way are charming and well developed. Each friend helps him in a different way and his openness serves him well. The art is very nice and fits perfectly with your story.
Amy Griffin Betz - mother of 2, wife, Editor, and Writer & Publishing Consultant at Tiny Tales Editing. Greater New York City area. USA.
Review April 2016 - Djabali e Andalu - Portuguese - Local - Print
A really nice story and illustrations. I read it to my 7 years old son as a bedtime story, and he loved it. He wanted to be part of the adventure, and we really enjoyed reading it together. The only thing was that the Portuguese translation has some complex words that children may not know, but still parents can always explain. Well done, looking forward to the next one !!!
Cátia Sousa - mother of 3, wife, and restaurant manager. Olhão, Portugal
Review October 2015 - Djabali e Andalu - Portuguese version - amazon.uk - print
It could be a fairy tale, but it isn’t. It could be a sci-fi story, but it isn’t. It could be a fable, but it isn’t. Nothing wrong with these, but the author chose to follow her passion for animals and the countryside to write the adventure of Djabali & Andalu. Corine Timmer cleverly depicts the qualities and temperaments of the animals that any child can identify as being their own. The illustrations by Kristina Muñoz brilliantly portray each and every detail of the story. I had the privilege of being offered the Portuguese version of this book which I read to my 8 years old twin nephews Afonso and Sebastião, as a bed time story in a warm summer’s night. Sebastião got up in the morning and read it by himself over breakfast! Afonso wants to know if Andalu found his sister! We are now awaiting what is next to come…
Esperança Dickman, self-employed, wife, and mother of 3 girls, Gloucestershire UK.
Review September 2015 - Djabali and Andalu - English version- Amazon.com - print
A lovely book, thanks for the positive read! I liked the feel good nature of the story with friends coming together with the possibility of reunion later. The beautiful art pairs well with the story.
Dinah Carlin - mother of 2, Illustrator, App-Developer, creator of the Learn with Mack Apps and Chaz Bannanington and Strawberry easy-reader series for children. USA
review February 2015 - Djabali and Andalu - English storyjumper version - print
"What an inspiring and heartwarming story! Wonderful book for the entire family! Shannon-Kelly Patee - fellow Story Jumper and Early Childhood Educator. Florida USA
review April 2015 - Djabali e Andalu - Portuguese version - bicadeideias - print
Hello :) May I say it´s a beautiful story and the illustrations are simply amazing. :) It is quite a long story for very young readers but it can be read to them as a bedtime story or at any hour of the day. I read the Portuguese translation which does have some complex words that children may not know but which the parents can easily explain. I really enjoyed reading it, and my baby boy was drawn to the illustrations. Congratulations Corine!! ;):) Carin - young mother, animal carer, horse dressage apprentice and horse trainer. Algarve, Portugal.
review april 2015 - Djabali e Andalu - Portuguese version - bicadeideias - print
I´ve read a few pages of your book and, without leaving my seat, I traveled to Andaluzia...It seems to be a very beautiful story for children and perhaps adults too.
Carlos Martins, Albufeira, Portugal.