by Kyo Maclear
Recommended Ages: 6+
Well, that's a book synopsis that runs almost as many words as the book itself. It's a book short on text but long on beautiful, unusual art by illustrator Júlia Sardà. The story is written with amazing economy, with a light, whimsical tone, and leaves much to the imagination of a young reader. Meanwhile, that imagination is fired by imagery sparkling with magic and humor and a hint of affectionate teasing.
Kyo Maclear is a British-Japanese author who lives in Canada. Her children's picture-books include The Specific Ocean, The Good Little Book, Mr. Flux, Virginia Wolf, Spork, and Julia, Child. Sardà is a children's book illustrator from Spain who has a very distinctive and charming style. She as contributed to illustrated editions of Mary Poppins and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This review is based on a pre-publication proof made available through Netgalley dot com. The book becomes available Oct. 4, 2016 in the U.S.