The Neighbors #theneighbors
Written and illustrated by Einat Tsarfati @einattsarfati
Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers
Thank you to the publisher @abramskids and @kidlitexchange for the free review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
A curious little girl explores each of the floors of her seven floor apartment building as she climbs up to her own home on the seventh floor. What’s behind each of the doors she passes? She spots different clues on each door that help her to imagine the magical worlds of her neighbors. Are they explorers, musicians or maybe even pirates? It’s all so exciting until she reaches her own home where she lives with her loving, but very boring parents. At least she thinks they’re boring…
These brightly colored illustrations of the surprises she finds behind each door are like a search and find game. Each one provides a fun conversation starter about every family and about every object you and your little ones will discover. Why did the author include all of these things? How do these objects tell you more about these unusual occupants? ✨
The Neighbors, which will be released January 8, 2019, is definitely one to add to your library list in the new year.
Wow, can @hannahmarymckinnon give a killer speech! So awesome to hear her inspiring talk about finding your passion @womenshow and get a signed copy of #theneighbors ! And amazing as always to hang with @lydialaceby. #authorsofinstagram#authorfriends @bookclubbish
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Available: January 8, 2019 @abramskids .
Have you ever wondered something similar to the following: Who lives in that house with the lovely green door?... Or why do those neighbors have so many gnome statues in their garden?... Or how many cats actually live in that apartment? The girl in this book wonders about the neighbors who live in her apartment building. The book is best enjoyed in a small group because there is much to discover in the fun and colorful illustrations. #TheNeighbors is visual delight — and a puzzle!
A girl lives - with her [boring] mother and father - on the 7th floor of an apartment building. Clues about the inhabitants of each of the other six apartments begin with the endpapers. Each object represents one of the apartments and its inhabitants. The mailboxes (pictured) also correspond with the apartments — and the objects depicted on the endpapers.
A bold color scheme permeates each apartment. The third floor unit (object = a wheel) is illustrated in red, pink, and yellow. The girl imagines the inhabitants as a circus family. Slinky toys are bounding down the stairs as she passes by their apartment! Use the clues to guess the themes of each apartment: Why is the girl reading “The Jungle Book” by the second floor apartment - or plugging her nose as she passes by the fourth floor unit? Look for clues outside the her apartment to discover the secret of her [not-so-boring] family.
Einat Tsarfati, an Israeli artist, illustrates digitally — using a wide variety of colors to create intricate scenes. The style and composition of each apartment scene evoke #WheresWaldo ! Posters of the girl’s lost guinea pig are posted throughout: If spotting Waldo is fun, then try finding the guinea pig hiding on each page! Psst: For a final puzzle - spend time exploring items decorating the girl’s bedroom...
Thanks #kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book! All opinions are my own.
📘📘BUDDY BOOK REVIEW📘📘I finished #TheNeighbors by @hannahmarymckinnon today as a fun buddy read with fabulous @lafemmereaders620 (read her review as well, which is up today!) - it was soooo juicy, steamy, and shocking that I raced through the last 50% of the book like a steam train! I started the read while I was in Chicago for work, which is where I took this photo (@artinstitutechi)
Abby is in a horrific car crash as a teenager and loses her beloved brother, Tom, in it. She survives and blames herself for the accident, never truly moving on from it. She carries the trauma with her every single day as she was supposedly drinking behind the wheel when the accident happened.
Flash forward to many years later where we find her happily married to the loving Nate. Nate and Abby have a snarky teenage daughter named Sarah, who is hell bent on challenging her mom's strict rules.
Their three lives are about dramatically change when their new neighbors move next door. There is Liam, who is to die for handsome and in incredible shape for a middle-aged man. There's Nancy, his wife, who is insecure about her looks and wishes Liam would give her more attention. And then there is Zac, their son, who is a typical teenage boy with the exception of his exceedingly attractive looks, looks he inherited from his father.
Abby and Liam know each other from their teenage years, and are absolutely stunned to discover they are neighbors. Their secret threatens to destroy the happy couples' lives, a secret that will shock readers right to the very last page of this book!
What I enjoyed about this book is the complexity of the characters. By the end of the book, you feel like you know them and can envision them being real human beings. I felt bad for Abby, who has been denied so much love and affection in her life that she seems unable to be happy even when Nate bends over backwards to take care of her.
The final pages of this book packed a huge punch and will not disappoint. If you like thrillers that have clever twists and turns, this book is for you!
I rated this book 4.5 stars (🌟🌟🌟🌟) out of 5! Highly recommend it!
📚 BOOK REVIEW 📚
Dear Hannah Mary McKinnon, where have you been all of my life? My thriller lovin' readers, The Neighbors is a must buy! Words cannot express, the emotional rollercoaster I just experienced. I literally read 250 pages straight. Yes, 250 pages! I just couldn't put the book down, it was attached to my hand everywhere I went.
Long story short, Abby lost her brother in a tragic accident, that changed her world forever. Because she blamed herself for his death, she pushed everyone away, except for Nate. He was the only guy who seemed to understand her the most, especially since he saved her from the accident. Fast forward many years later, guess who Nate and Abby's new neighbors are? Liam, her ex soulmate and his wife, Nancy. Mmhmm, once they moved in, the whirlwind of drama engulfed me and didn't let go. My eyes couldn't keep up fast enough. I was so obsessed with finding out the truth behind all the secrets and betrayals unraveling throughout the chapters.
I loved how each individual had its own narrative in the story. Hannah did a superb job in grasping the persona behind each character. The development was so well written, that I resonated with every one of them. By the conclusion, I lost my mind. I literally had to put the book down so I could grasp the outcome. And as I continued, I couldn't help but gasp in shock. At one point, I actually teared, which is rare for me as I read. I cannot stress enough how stimulating this book was! I highly recommend The Neighbors, if you're looking for a book with an unforgettable story. It's not a typical thriller, it's more of a twisted story full of family secrets and an everlasting love that could turn everyone's world upside down. 2019 has to hurry up so, I could read more of Hannah's new releases coming out! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I buddy read with my girl @idigbooksanddirt, so make sure to head on over to read her review as well!
Book 108 of my year of reading female authors was a disappointing suburban thriller, ‘The Neighbors’ by Ania Ahlborn ⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Well paced with a gradual build up. ---------------------------------
Unoriginal characters. ---------------------------------
Review excerpt - read the full review at Sci Fi and Scary, link in my bio:
This is the fourth of Ania Ahlborn’s books that I’ve read and I’m afraid it was my least favourite. The others have all been supernatural affairs, which I went into with a willingness to suspend my disbelief for the sake of an enjoyable ride. ‘The Neighbors’ is more of a psychological thriller, a genre where believability is key. For me, it fell down in this area and I found myself willing it to end.
The opening was promising and pulled me right in. Protagonist Andrew arrives at his new abode, a house he’ll be sharing with a friend he hasn’t seen since childhood. It’s immediately clear that something isn’t right. The house is run down to the point that it’s worrying and his friend is sullen and withdrawn. The neighbours on the other hand are perfect, a vision of suburban perfection that will set alarm bells ringing for anyone who has read this kind of thing before. Ahlborn teases out the mystery well at first, but there's never any real question about what is going on.
As the story progresses the apparently calm setting is revealed to be rife with sexual promiscuity and jealousy, psychological manipulation and murder. There are some tense scenes along the way and Ahlborn displays a flair for suspense and violent action. Unfortunately, it’s all just a bit unoriginal and obvious. There are no great surprises here and the very limited cast of characters gives little scope for the lack of originality to be disguised by sub-plots.