Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Bookworm: The Tree With No Branches

  • Title: The Tree With No Branches
  • Author: Johnny Knew
  • Illustrations: K. Von Ward
  • Format: Hardcover 37 pages
  • Publisher: CutiePie Publishing
  • Published: 2012
  • Genre: Children's Fiction
  • ISBN 13: 978-0984173945
  • ISBN 10: 0984173943
  • Source: PDF courtesy of author

In an apple core (The Bookworm’s version of a nutshell)
A lovely little read the kids will adore and parents can appreciate.

A simple tree is mocked and bullied by all the other trees in the forest for being different. When a storm rages through the land, the tree baring no branches anchors itself deeper into the ground. It values the importance of having strong roots, courage and inner strength to weather the most challenging of storms. 
My Thoughts
I really adored this book. The writing is so much fun even though some of the rhymes didn't rhyme very well. I loved the illustrations by K. Von Ward, they are so vibrant and glorious and just fill every page with joy and happiness. Even though some of the trees had scary faces, it was done just right, like Halloween costumes.

The central tree was very lovely. Short and stout. It teaches people never to judge a book by its cover. Or in this case, never to judge a tree by its appearance alone. What is inside is so much more important and this is a message children and adults can learn from and carry with them throughout their lives.

And here's my meager rhythmic offering:

Shunned by others in a forest,
Just because you're not the tallest,
You've got to think hard about what you want,
And not think about what you aren't,
If you can learn from a little tree,
How hard can it really be?

Before I end this review, I just want to share a story with you.

When I was a young one, we used to play a game with my Disney picture storybooks where we tried to spot little details. Like, "Can you spot the frog? Or the worm?" This book only took me about 5 minutes to read and parents will be happy to know that they can play that game with their children as this book has lots of little added details worth taking the time to explore!

All in all, this is a great little book for the young ones. Even though I have no children of my own yet, I loved the book and it's message. The lessons in this book are so simple the young ones can pick up on it as well and they will be happy to read this book over and over again.

Purchase the book at Amazon. ADD Amazon affiliate link.

Do stop by Johnny's website, Knewville! It's really fun.

If you'd like more information, you can drop by Johnny's website or social media pages:
Twitter: Johnny@Knewvillebooks

The Tree With No Branches is the first of 6 books by Johnny Knew. His second book, Phoebe The Swimlazy Fish will be released around Dec 2012, just in time for Christmas! His third book, The No Fuzzy Bunny will be released next spring (Mar-Apr) 2013.

Disclosure: I received a free PDF copy of the book for review. I was not financially compensated for this review. Everything mentioned are my own thoughts based on my experience. 


  1. This sounds like a book I would love. I think the cover is great and the story sounds excellent. How cool that there are little details to look for!

  2. Hi Jess,

    Yeah it is a fun one! For both children and adults alike. I had fun looking at the details.

    Thanks for commenting!


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