Review: From Far Away by Robert Munsch; Saoussan Askar

When Saoussan immigrated with her family from war-torn Lebanon, she was only seven years old. This picture book tells the story of how she had to adjust to her new home in Canada. She describes the frustration of not understanding the teacher when she started school, not knowing how to ask to go to the bathroom, and being terrified of a Halloween skeleton. This is the perfect book to help kids empathize with immigrant children whose experiences are very similar to Saoussan’s.From Far Away 6-- bookspoilsWe have here a vitally important picture book, sharing the message of inclusivity and belonging, combined with art and color pallets that are undeniable in their beauty. Count me in!

Though it’s a relatively quick read, From Far Away leaves an everlasting impression. One section in particular that had me gripped was about Saoussan’s fear of the skeletons hanging up in school for Halloween. I couldn’t stop spinning it over and over in my head.

Plus, the whole book is just very well curated, where everything, from the art to the accompanying text, flows together wonderfully.

And as always, here are some of my favorite illustrations:
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ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: August 8th, 2017

3.5/5 stars

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Review: Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann

I was looking for something comforting and light to read when I couldn’t fall asleep in the middle of the night, and then I see the completely stunning cover of this picture book and was instantly enchanted…Leaf-- bookspoils

When a polar bear arrives unexpectedly in the woods, the animals fear and avoid him, suspecting him to be dangerous – and his habit of collecting leaves only adds to their distrust. Then one day, they watch as he attempts to fly over the water with wings made of colorful leaves…just trying to go home.

Maybe he needs some help?

This tale of acceptance gently highlighting the plight of polar bears in today’s changing climate had me enraptured from start to finish.

I genuinely can’t stop thinking of the utterly vibrant illustrations in here. Like, I tried to close my eyes after reading and all I could see were the lively colors springing up in my mind over and over. Here’s a handful of examples of said occurrence:Leaf 1-- bookspoils

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Sandra Dieckmann’s debut picture book about helping outsiders is one heart-warming tale I’d highly recommend.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: October 10th, 2017

4/5 stars

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Review: Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud by Katie Harnett

The picture books from Flying Eye Books never seem to disappoint, so I was beyond ecstatic to see what the message and illustrations would convey in Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud.

In this charming tale, a solitary raincloud finds a way to make a grumpy little florist happy again, by using the very thing that most people dislike about him—rain! Featuring vibrant and lively illustrations that add warmth to the atmosphere of this picture book, I was in awe while flipping from page to page.

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ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: August 15th, 2017

3.5/5 stars

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