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.

Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud 1-- bookspoilsIvy and the Lonely Raincloud 2-- bookspoilsIvy and the Lonely Raincloud 3-- bookspoilsIvy and the Lonely Raincloud 4-- bookspoilsThis tale, intended to impart an inscrutable lesson of unexpected friendship, left me with stars in my eyes. And if one thing’s for sure, you can catch me looking at Katie Harnett’s illustrations for the time being in utter admiration.

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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Review: Stolen Words by Melanie Florence

I didn’t think I would be fully reviewing this picture book because of the short length of it (only thirteen pages), but I’ve found myself thinking about it quite a lot after putting it down. When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson and Jenny Kay Dupuis’s I Am Not a Number are two reads that aquatinted me on the hard-hitting subject of this book: the intergenerational impact of Canada’s residential school system, which separated young Indigenous children from their families.

I went into this not expecting much, but Stolen Words completely blew me away. The illustrations by Gabrielle Grimard in particular because of how hauntingly beautiful they were:Stolen Words 1-- bookspoils

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Stolen Words 3-- bookspoilsI found myself fighting tears with the above.

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Before reading I’d been worried about whether Stolen Words was an #ownvoices story, but thankfully with a little research on the author’s website I found that Florence is a writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She was close to her grandfather as a child, a relationship that sparked her interest in writing about Aboriginal themes and characters.

Needless to mention, this is a vitally important picture book from a much-needed voice.

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

Expected publication: September 5th, 2017

4/5 stars

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