Source: From Bobaloo Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
The Rusty Old Postbox by Susana Sanchez Gonzalez
Publisher: Bobaloo Books
Publication Date: June 2017
The Rusty Old Postbox harbours a number of secrets, not least the story of two boys who have different ambitions and morals. When they write their letters to Santa, the postbox is party to their highest dreams and
desires – and the efforts the boys will go to reach them.
The postbox is also witness to the lengthy career of Mr Barsky, the postman, and the letters of all the people living around him.
Then one day, this little boy put a letter through his mouth and everything changed. Luiggi di Maggio was a bully. He had bullied James Connor for as long as he remembered, and James could remember a lot. He was brainy, you see, and good at remembering things. The old postbox could see with his little, googly eyes that something was going on with these two, something terrible and unfair, but he wasn’t sure what it was or how to stop it.
If you know anything about me, you might know that I have a weird obsession with the mail. I LOVE IT. Everything about it. I should really work for the post-office...Anywho, when I saw this adorable book online I was so excited to read it and was very surprised when it arrived and the story was quite long.
The story follows the postbox who has googily-eyes attached to him so now he can see and read and watches the world around him as be helps with the mail. You learn about the postbox and how he got eyes and his observations but then there is a story about two kids that the postbox helps to become friends.
This was a very cute story - first off, I loved that it was told from the postbox's point of view. I also really enjoyed all the illustrations throughout the book. I found the story to be entertaining and I think that kids will enjoy it. The only downside for me was the length though. I was surprised that it was SO lengthy, it wasn't really a sit/read/go type of book, you needed to invest some time in it and let the story build. There were large blocks of text - whole pages even so I think that some listeners might become easily bored with it even though the story is cute.
If you don't mind a bit of reading, this is a youth book for you/ your kids, but if they are easily distracted - maybe not so much.
About the Author:
Born in Madrid, Susana has spent the last fifteen years dedicating her spare time to writing.
With a background in arts, she has worked in Waterstone’s managing the YA and Children’s literature section which she says she loved from day one.
From there she moved to public libraries, delivering story time for children and running reading groups for all ages before securing a position as the co-ordinator of the Manchester Book Award and then starting her own business as a Reader Development Consultant.
Apart from continuing to write, Susana has started a career in Rare Book Librarianship and hopes to become a book curator.
As if winning a writing competition in her second language isn’t enough, she now also wants to be able to speak Dutch and Latin, bend like a professional yogi and identify species of trees and flowers with just one look.