Thursday, December 9, 2021

"The Boy and the Mountain" - a bookwrap



The Boy and the Mountain

Authored by Mario Bellini

Illustrated by Marianna Coppo


* Ages:  3-7

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Hardcover:  48 pages

* Publisher:  Tundra Books

* Pub. Date:  June 21, 2022

* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

A little boy stands at his window and falls in love with the mountain that is in his purview.  He tries to capture its magnificence in his drawings but it just never turns out right.  He decides that he needs a closer look and off he goes on an adventure to climb the mountain and then finally he will be able to draw it perfectly. 

Along the way he discovers beautiful snippets of nature which he easily and beautifully captures on paper.  He also encounters many animal friends along the way which makes him very happy to have as company in the climb.  When the group, yes the animals all join in on his mission, reach the summit the little boy is disappointed at what he finds. It's plain and ordinary and not exciting at all!  

Time flies by that afternoon and the little guy heads homeward. He bids adieu to his new friends as he enters his house.  That night the little boy draws the mountain one more time and eureka!!!!  He suddenly discovers the magic ingredient that has been missing with his mountain fantasy and that makes him completely satisfied. 

The illustrations are simple and very kid-friendly.  The boy learns that  his fascination with the mountain is not the most important thing but it's is the journey that got him there.  The best part by far is all the new friends that joined him along the way!  This is a sweet heartwarming book that I recommend.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!


Meet the Author/the Illustrator

MARIANNA COPPO and her partner MARIO BELLINI are avid hikers who reside in Rome, Italy. Marianna is an author and illustrator who studied editorial illustration at MiMaster in Milan and now focuses on freelance illustration. Her debut picture book, Petra, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She is also the creator of Ray, A Very Late Story, Such a Good Boy and, with author Daisy Bird, Whose Poo?. Her most recent book is Thingamabob.

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