Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Growling Place by Thomas Aquinas Maguire

A little girl visits a strange land called the "growling place" across the water--a land inhabited by large bears. They try and scare her, but in stereotypical bully style, they turn out to be old softies at heart.

A Growling Place is a very strange picture book that feels much too close to the famous "Where the Wild Things Are." The story line is very similar as well as the overall mood, although not even close to the quality of Sendak's classic tale. The illustrations are the only redeeming aspect of this book--they are quirky, whimsical, and drawn with a lovely original style.

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