Book Reviews

Ida and the Whale by Rebecca Gugger

Ida and the Whale by Rebecca GuggerRating: 🍁🍁

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book looked quite cute but the story leaves much to be desired. 

The art is pretty, yes, but it doesn’t fill in the blanks or add much more of interest to the very uneventful text. 

It frankly felt like many other picture books I’ve read before, with nothing to set it apart. 

This is fine if all you’re looking for is a bedtime read for a child, but there’s definitely more interesting books out there. 

I would recommend this to: people who like whales and would enjoy the pictures anyway. 

This book comes out on April 2nd, 2019! 

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Book Reviews

The Cottingley Fairies by Ana Sender

THE COTTINGLEY FAIRIES ANA SENDERRating: 🍁🍁🍁

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book is short and sweet, probably a good bedtime story for a young child. (I even read it with a Celtic cradle song in the background and it matched perfectly!)

The story is exactly everything you’ve heard about the Cottingley Fairies and nothing more; it doesn’t verge away from that or elaborate further. It even mentions Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fascination with the subject. 

The illustrations are gentle and sweet, with a rough-around-the-edges childlike quality to them. I felt they help to portray the story as the children saw it, since it describes them drawing, coloring, and cutting the fairies out of paper. It almost feels like Elsie herself drew the pictures. 

I would recommend this to very small children who would like to find fairies in the trees. 

This book comes out on March 5th, 2019!

Book Reviews

A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce

A Day with Wilbur Robinson (Dinosaur Bob) by William Joyce

Rating: 🍁🍁🍁🍁

If you’ve watched and loved the movie, this book may not fit your expectations, so just leave those at the door when reading this.

A Day with Wilbur Robinson is fun for kids because the illustrations hide all sorts of zany details, especially when you near the margins. The compositions are very unusual in that the center is left wide and open, while some very curious events happen almost entirely out of the frame.

This book is also a good example of how in a picture book, the illustrations serve to expand the text, rather than just being very literal about it. One of the cousins is playing with a train set, the text says, whereas the picture shows a full-scale train. Another cousin is “walking the cats”, who happen to be tigers.

I can see this book being very fun if you’re little and want to spend many repetitive hours wondering at the people in the pictures, but if you’re looking to find exactly what you saw and felt in the movie, you won’t find it here.