Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Ten Birds Meet a Monster

Shapes, shadows, and surprises through spectacular black and white ink drawings, offers a new favorite for those readers who value art in picture books. 10 birds are trying to scare off a "monster", so they experiment with the draping, wearing, and hiding under various articles of clothing; from an upside down blazer that looks like an opening scallop shell to a roller skate with wheels open wide like eyes. The creative illustrations were interesting to look at. The text was almost unnecessary. The story could reveal itself as a simple counting book or playful celebration of some silly birds, or perhaps it leads to a conversation about fearing what we don't know and how sometimes breaking down fear into influential elements, might just be the strategy of support. A special little gem.

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