Zoe’s Room {Review & Giveaway}

by Dawn

5 Minutes for Books staff reviewer Dawn reviews this new picture book. She received a copy for review purposes and was compensated for writing it, but her opinions are her own.

In her bedroom, Zoe has created an entire world of her own. In her space, she can enjoy tea with the royal court, build empires out of blocks, and gaze out at the stars from her dormer window. As the self-proclaimed Queen of the Universe, this situation suits her just fine, until the day that her parents change everything. From the title of Zoe’s Room (No Sisters Allowed), astute and experienced parents can likely guess what fate awaits Zoe in the new picture book by Bethanie Deeney Murguia.

Zoe’s spirit shines through in this relatable story, and children and parents alike will see that Zoe is a child who loves to play and stretch her imagination. Sometimes, that playtime just can’t be interrupted by something as dreadful as bedtime. It would appear that Zoe’s evening playtimes have gone unchecked until the day that her parents announce she will be getting a roommate– her little sister Addie. It’s not so easy to continue her nighttime adventures when they wake her sister, and a crying toddler stops everything cold. Will Zoe be able to adapt to her new living conditions? Perhaps she’ll find some advantages to having a little sister nearby!

Readers may already know fiesty little Zoe from Murguia’s 2012 picture book Zoe Gets Ready, and they will be happy to see that she’s still as spirited as ever. The simple story structure makes this picture book accessible to young readers, though the story certainly allows for extended conversations with children, especially those who may have first-hand experience with the sharing that is often required among siblings! The illustrations are colorful and engaging, giving life to the world of young children in pen, ink, and watercolor.

Check out the trailer to get introduced to Zoe:

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When she's not reviewing books, 5 Minutes for Books contributor Dawn (and her online alter ego, morninglight mama) can be found blogging at my thoughts exactly and contributing to The DC Moms.

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Julia Shanon June 22, 2013 at 1:18 am

Hi Dawn, are you also the maker of that Zoe’s video? Will definitely buy it if my baby girl grow older, hope it will last long <3

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2 Dawn June 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I wish I could take responsibility, but no, that video is the official “book trailer” made (presumably) by the publisher. :)

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3 Noreen June 23, 2013 at 11:08 am

I shared a room growing up. Sometimes with two sister and sometimes only one. My kids don’t share a room but sometimes sneak into each others rooms and fall asleep

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4 Anne June 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

My kids never shared a room. I did when I was young.

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5 kathy stevenson June 23, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I didn’t but my girls do!

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6 Patricia Wojnar Crowley June 23, 2013 at 10:14 pm

I shared a room with my sister!

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7 latanya June 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I shared a room with my sister

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8 Charlene S June 24, 2013 at 3:27 am

I did not have to share a room.

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9 Kimberly June 24, 2013 at 9:07 am

I had to share a room with my sister. So far it looks like our kids won’t have to share their rooms, but that could change depending on how much more we decide to expand our family.

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10 Elaine June 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Never shared a room. Occasionally my kids will move in with each other though.

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11 Addison Kat June 24, 2013 at 4:03 pm

I did share a room and my kids are sharing a room right now

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12 Addison Kat June 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm

My kids do share

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13 Jeanna June 24, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Thankfully I’ve never had to share a room & neither have my kids!

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14 Brandy W. June 24, 2013 at 11:54 pm

I had to share a room with my little brother until I was 12, I hated it!!

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15 Laura R. June 26, 2013 at 12:19 am

I didn’t have to share a room with my sister.

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16 nannypanpan June 26, 2013 at 10:47 pm

i shared with my sister

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17 Wehaf June 27, 2013 at 1:20 am

I always had to share and I remember it very fondly.

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18 mrsshukra June 28, 2013 at 3:14 am

Shared with siblings!

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19 Jessica T June 28, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I had to share :(

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20 HappyMomC July 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm

yes we shared a room and loved it!

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21 Christine July 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm

I did share a room and my kids are sharing a room too.
Thanks for the chance!

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22 Paula Rowell July 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I shared a room with my younger sister

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