Reviewing Picture Books

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A book always feels extra special when it has illustrations in it, even if it’s something small like maps of made-up worlds at the beginning. I don’t pick up picture books on a frequent basis but this weekend I brought home two that have been receiving rave reviews and I loved them so much!

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

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I absolutely loved this. A Child of Books encapsulates what it’s like to grow up around stories and have storytelling rooted in your life. The story follows a young girl who sails across a sea of words to welcome a boy who hasn’t discovered reading yet and take him through her favourite stories and the adventures they bring. The illustration is beautiful with children’s classics making up the pictures; the girl rides a wave made up from the words of Gulliver’s Travels and The Swiss Family Robinson and they travel over a mountain that tells the story of Peter Pan. Despite being a picture book, this can definitely appeal to adults for its nostalgic feel and the innate sense that all of us had as children to explore and get our hands grubby.

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt

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This follow-up to The Day the Crayons Quit is hilarious! The story is in the format of postcards that Duncan has received from all of the crayons who have been left-behind and forgotten by him. Some have been forgotten on holiday, others have quit in disdain while another was melted in the washing machine and is now permanently stuck to a sock. The illustrations are fittingly quirky and the extra details are what make it special and bring the story to life. I did feel pretty bad about all the crayons that I’ve treated poorly (sorry for sitting on you turquoise crayon!)

 

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