Friday, February 13, 2009

A Long Way From Home by Elizabeth Baguley illustrated by Jane Chapman

I'm reviewing this book for the illustrations. They are beautiful! The story is so-so, poorly written in some parts. That's all I'm going to say about the text. The artwork, on the other hand, by Jane Chapman, deserves praise. These large, full spread, colorful pictures bring out character and action. I immediately noticed the contrast between the warm browns of the rabbits' burrow and the icy blues, purples, and turquoise of the northern artic. Wherever the albatross flies, delicate snowflakes, in white, pink, and light blue, follow her. My favorite pictures are the ones in the middle, a series of four, where Noah, the smallest rabbit, is in an ice palace and sees his reflection everywhere. The visuals are what carry this book. Worth a look - find it in Picture Books.

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