Book Review

PoP: When… by Emma Dodd & Where on Earth is the Moon? by Ruth Martin and Olivier Latyk.

PoP Tuesdays on Juniper’s Jungle bring two reviews of picture books.

When… by Emma Dodd. Templar Publishing.
WhenIn ‘When’, a little bear shares his dreams of his future with his mother.

This is going to be a pretty short review, the book is a pretty short book. Coming in at 24 pages (many picture books are 32) and 76 words long this is a simple, beautiful rhyme that will work wonderfully as a book to share. The book is narrated by the little bear, and is him telling his mother what he wants to be when he grows up. These aren’t ambitions like wanting to be an astronaut or a hunter, they are instead ambitions of the type of bear he wants to be.

The illustrations are as simple and beautiful as the text. Every illustration is a double page spread featuring the mama bear and baby bear together, the colours used are restricted to a small number on each page and gold foil is used to great effect on every other illustration. The bears themselves have texture added to their fur (I think by use of a sponge but I’m not particularly arty) that works very well.

The copy of the book I read was a paperback copy but it also exists as a board book. I think as a board book it would make a lovely addition to a present for a new baby, it’s certainly a book I’m going to be giving away plenty of times.

Where on Earth is the Moon? by Ruth Martin & Olivier Latyk (illustrator). Templar Publishing.
WhereOnEarthA bedtime adventure for sleepy little explorers everywhere.

Luna loves to look at the Moon each night before she drifts off to sleep, but she wonders where it goes during the day. While she dreams, her imagination takes her on a journey as she searches far and wide for where the Moon could possibly go when the Sun is out.

This is a really lovely picture book that will be enjoyed by young children with the attention span to sit and listen to a slightly more detailed story. It’s about a young girl, perhaps Reception year aged, who is fascinated by the moon and wonders where it is when she can’t see it during the day. I really enjoyed her attempts to stay awake all night and watch where it disappears to, and the various places she imagined it might be hiding.

The text itself is very detailed, it’s laden with adjectives and alliterations which result in a pretty rich read (ignoring the temptation to drop lots of alliterations into this review is surprisingly hard). I think if you were going to be reading this aloud you’d probably need a few practice runs as a result of the very detailed text.

The illustrations work really well with the text. They’re very modern looking, the lines and colours are crisp. This paired with the more handwritten style of font balance the detailed text very nicely. I was interested by the way rich turquoises and teals are used as a result of the many night time scenes and yet the book feels warm. The only thing I wasn’t completely sold on was the double page spread that paired turquoise text with a black page. It looks very striking but I found it wasn’t so easy to read.

A final thought I must share is how pleased I was to see a space / science themed story with a female main character. This was a really nice change and made me love the book even more.

Both books featured in this post were borrowed from my local library.

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