Book Review: “Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore”, by Tonia Allen Gould

“Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore” tells the story of Sam, a fiddler crab, who has decided to settle down on Corte Magore beach. To do so, he will need to build sturdy home that will withstand the strength of the incoming tide. Sam tries and fails to build home number one in time. But he doesn’t lose hope and he doesn’t give up. Sam thinks big: In order to build home that can weather the storm, he will need to build a barrier to the wave first!

Author Tonia Allen Gould knows her way with rollicking rhymes. Although the text may look wordy, the rhymes roll quickly and easily right off the tongue! It was great fun to read aloud! The story itself is fun and fresh and very enjoyable for kids!

The illustrations are vibrant, colors bright and all of the greens and blues make for some beautiful pages. The characters’ faces are all friendly and I was not surprised to learn that the sea fiddler crab is drawn by former SpongeBob SquarePants storyboard directors! The similarities to those characters are welcomed!

“Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore” teaches many lessons, including the importance of diligence (if you want something you must work hard for it!), overcoming adversity (who knew fiddler crabs could build 10 ft walls?), having courage to try new things, while also touching on how lucky we are to have a sturdy walls around us as a place to call “Home”, something not to be taken for granted.

You can connect with Author Tonia Allen Gould on her website or download “Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore” on your iPad in the App Store on iTunes. The app is professionally narrated by Steve McCoy, is animated with interactivity, and has an original musical score produced by Robby Armstrong. Download today at…/samuel-t.-moore-cor…/id665189802…

Dolly and her little crab friend get ready to read about Sam the Fiddler Crab!

Dolly has alot of fun working on her Corte Magore color-your-own tee!

Dolly would like to send a special thank you to the author for sending a Samuel T. Moore color-your-own teeshirt and markers- She had fun working on it with Mom!