Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Line - a book review

Quote of the day:   "From my point of view, a book is a literary prescription put up for the benefit of someone who needs it."
                                           ~S. M. Crothers

Title:  The Line
Author/Illustrator:  Paula Bossio
Ages: 4-7

I have to draw the line on this is an amazing book for the author's debut launch.  It is full of imagination and fun and kids will really relate to the illustrations as they are simple, childlike and imperfect, but in a good way.  The colour palette is three: red, white and black and the scribbly colouring could be any child's masterpiece.

The main character is a small girl with a Pinocchio nose who stumbles across a random line.  She picks it up,  gives it a shake and wonderful, magical things start to happen.  She finds she can turn it into a slide to play on, whip it into a hoop that she can crawl inside of and spin or even use it as a bubble blower to create monkey bars and a monkey companion to hang with. An audience transforms to watch and applaud her antics.  The audience unfortunately morphs into a scary beast that brings a tear to the little girl's eye but miraculously she is rescued by a gentle line- teddy bear which earns him a hug as she finds herself safe and happy once again.  There is a surprise waiting for the reader at the end of the book...a little twist that will bring you a smile.  You will have fun trying to figure out who this surprise is and the motive behind the actions taken, but that is all good, because being a wordless picture book, as this one is, you can become the narrator of the story and you can use your imagination to answer any questions that may arise.

The book was originally published in Mexico and it truly is a book that celebrates childhood and having fun in the purest sense.  I loved the book and highly recommend it.

About the author:

                  Paula is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator working Melbourne Australia.

Book Review Rating:   8   (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!   Get book reading into your child's DNA!   Read together and share the joy!

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