The Day the Crayons Came Home- Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers.
I have an intense love for the first "Crayons" book, and hearing there was a second got me royally excited. And I mean, the cover. It's glory to behold.
And was I disappointed? Could the Crayons win me over a seocnd time? Would it be as good?
Each of these crayons has colour, personality, originality. They all feel unique and their stories are hilarious and striking. The neon red crayon, left at the pool when on holiday, journeying to get back home; the glow in the dark (!!!!) crayon, left in the basement; the orange and yellow, melted together; Esteban the Magnificent (pea green) leaving home for something better. It's brilliant, full of humor and something age doesn't allow you to outgrow.
It's got a sodding glow in the dark crayon and page. I mean come on. Nothing is better.
Thank you to Harper Collins for this review copy!
Image source: Harper Collins.
Thank you to Penguin Books for this review copy!
Image source: Penguin Books.
Suri's Wall- Lucy Estela and Matt Ottley.
I knew very little about Suri's Wall before I requested it (a risk I take a little more easily with picture books), and when I started reading I felt my lack of knowledge intently. I didn't have an ounce of understanding as to what was going on.
Now, ask me what I'd anticipated and I couldn't tell you. Ask me what I got and halfway through I still wouldn't have known- it's a peculiar story, the art feels like it's very computer-game cgi-esq, and the story was perplexing.
Not until the end did I realise the full power of what I'd just read, the story of magnificent things seen over a wall amd the choice we have between protecting, when they turn into nightmares, even if it's for just a little while longer, rather than sharing the horrors that are coming nearer.
I liked the power of it, afterwards, even if I didn't feel it until the last page was turned, even if I felt like many elements of the story were too vague to understand until the very end.