Wild Review

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Wild by Emily Hughes

“You cannot tame something so happily wild.”

In this beautiful picture book by Hawaiian artist Emily Hughes, we meet a little girl who has known nothing but nature from birth—she was taught to talk by birds, to eat by bears, and to play by foxes. She is unashamedly, irrefutably, irrepressibly wild. That is, until she is snared by some very strange animals that look oddly like her, but they don’t talk right, eat right, or play correctly. She’s puzzled by their behavior and their insistence on living in these strange concrete structures: there’s no green here, no animals, no trees, no rivers. Now she lives in the comfort of civilization. But will civilization get comfortable with her?

In her debut picture book, Hughes brings an uncanny humor to her painterly illustrations. Her work is awash with color, atmosphere, and a stunning visual splendor that will enchant children while indulging their wilder tendencies. Wild is a twenty-first-century answer to Maurice Sendak’s children’s classic—it has the same inventiveness, groundbreaking art, and unmissable quirkiness.

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Let’s start the year easing into it with a picture book!

The illustrations of Wild are gorgeous. Just look at those huge eyes and the untamed hair with flowers tangled in it and bits of branches and leaves. (I’d have a major heart attack if my hair was as tangled and “wild” as that, it’d be so difficult to untangle and to sort out…) That caught my eye and was part of what made me choose this book.

The little girl makes me think of nature and defnitely of wilderness, but not a bad kind, but a natural, growing, budding kind. I guess the best way to describe it is “green”.

The animals that find her and take her in are endearing. They include her into their world and teach her how to live (the illustrations are funny and full of vibrancy and wildness). And our little girl is happy, she is wild, she just is.

But then, some strange “animals” (humans) find her and take her in. They try to teach her all the things she already knows, how to eat, how to talk, how to play, but it isn’t right and she doesn’t like it, nor does she understand it (one of the pages reminded me of a scene in My Fair Lady).

It was a joy to leaf through this book, look at the illustraions and feel wild alongside the little girl.

Moon recommends

Go read! Just go read, whatever tickles your fancy. Wild is a great choice and it is a small book, but there are other books to read and even just a few paragraphs may be good for you, who knows?

How To Make Friends With A Ghost Review

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How To Make Friends With A Ghost by Rebecca Green

What do you do when you meet a ghost? One: Provide the ghost with some of its favorite snacks, like mud tarts and earwax truffles. Two: Tell your ghost bedtime stories (ghosts love to be read to). Three: Make sure no one mistakes your ghost for whipped cream or a marshmallow when you aren’t looking! If you follow these few simple steps and the rest of the essential tips in How to Make Friends with a Ghost, you’ll see how a ghost friend will lovingly grow up and grow old with you.

A whimsical story about ghost care, Rebecca Green’s debut picture book is a perfect combination of offbeat humor, quirky and sweet illustrations, and the timeless theme of friendship.

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Well, if Dickens can write A Christmas Carol full of ghosts, I can post a review of a book that tells you how to befriend one! (befriend a ghost, not a book, that is a matter for another post/day).

I stumbled into this book amongst my Amazon recommendations, because I read a lot of picture books, middle grade and YA. And apparently a lot about ghosts (?). And I am very glad I decided to buy it.

The illustrations are gorgeous (and Rebecca Green is both author and illustrator) and so dreamy but also have a slight vintage feel and reminded me of the drawings in old classics.

The book is less of a story and more a “how to guide”. Probably the best how to guide I have ever read. It starts by telling you how to find a ghost to befriend. It also gives you a some Do’s and Don’t’s, with helpful instructions and even a few recipes to cook for your ghost or how to make your ghost friend much happier.

And the ending is one of the sweetest ones possible. (Won’t spoil it, but it was really nice and explains why having a ghost friend is the best kind of friend you can have).

Also, yes, I changed my background puzzle. Funny side story, it is a 1000 piece puzzle, that somehow came with one piece duplicated and one missing (so it is the 1000 pieces, technically no piece missing, except there is). And the duplicate kept confusing me a lot. But at least it has a Christmas/winter mood 🙂

Moon recommends

Read How to Make Friends with a Ghost, because it is sweet and lovely, and friendship is important. And I hope you have a good Christmas Eve. If you don’t celebrate, have a lovely day, if you do, don’t stress too mcuh and enjoy the family and company.

Thanks for taking the time to read my reviews and musings 🙂

 

 

 

The Princess and The Pony Review

I blame this review on Helen from Watching Sparks.

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The Princess and The Pony by Kate Beaton

Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A BIG horse. A STRONG horse. A horse fit for a WARRIOR PRINCESS! But when the day arrives, she doesn’t quite get the horse of her dreams…

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Absolutely adorable and cute! The pony is adorable and so round and lovely and it is a funny little illustrated book that just gives you a massive smile.

Mine arrived on a Monday where I was worrying a lot and it was a very Monday-Monday so it was the perfect thing to read, also it took like 5 minutes to read. Seriously, go read this. Make sure it arrives on a Monday to give it extra pow!

Moon recommends

Grab your copy of The Princess and the Pony, then maybe If you give a mouse a cookie.

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