A Review: Hey Canada! Blog Tour
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
Category: Description and travel, Juvenile Literature
Author: Vivien Bowers
Illustrations by: Milan Pavlovic
Format: Hardcover, 74 pages
Publisher: Tundra Books
Pub Date: May 8, 2012
It doesn’t matter if you’re Canadian or not, this book, Hey Canada! is going to make you smile. And if you’re a blogger, you might even smile more!
The book is narrated by nine-year-old Alice who’s “writing [a] blog on Gran’s netbook,” about her coast-to-coast trip across Canada with Gran, her grandmother, her cousin, Cal, and their pet hamster.
The story moves from each province, starting in Newfoundland and travelling through each province and territory, outlining key places and facts about its culture, cultural sites, monuments, landmarks, history, nature and climate, animals, and geography—pretty much anything and everything, a potpourri of Canadian, encyclopaedic information—but it’s done in such a way that it’s both educational as well as fun to read for both children and adults.
It incorporates photography, cartoon graphics, and great sidebars that are both creative and fun, which include:
- a Find It box that lists things you can find in each province
- Cal’s Tweets
- Hamster Updates
- Cal’s Factoids
There’s even a periodical comic strip featured as Cal’s Historical U-Turn that explains a little background history explaining founders and origins for each province!
This book is a lot more than I expected it to be where it happily combines the realism of photographs to show the true context of key places and artefacts within each province along with the cartoon graphics of the book’s characters who, in their excited narrative, carry us, story-wise, from coast-to-coast.
Its humour and its layout is what makes this book a great grab. Because of the way it’s written and laid out, the reader can read the book from beginning to end, page-to-page, or randomly pick tidbits out and still thoroughly learn and enjoy new information about Canada and its provinces.
It’s also written in a narrative that children will understand and connect with while at the same time remain informative and entertaining to both children and adults.
Hey Canada! is a fun, creative, and informative book that reads like the adventure it claims and the discovery it promotes and would be a great addition to any personal library.
For more information, you’re more than welcome to visit the author and illustrator’s websites here: