It is about time for another book review. And what better time then when I'm avoiding finishing my book!?
Can I just say that I love the humor in David Wiesner's pictures in general, but especially in this book. He does absolutely gorgeous illustrations, but they also happen to have a fantastic sense of humor. (Found also his book: Art and Max, which is also phenomenal) He stretches the ideas of what can be portrayed on a printed page, and finds humor in the two-dimensional vs. three dimensional elements on a page. This is no standard retelling of a classic story. Stories can ONLY improve when you add a dragon (filched from his own story of course). Liam absolutely loves it, and we're definitely going to have to purchase him his own copy when the library won't let us renew this anymore.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this book as both a great read aloud to the kids book, as well as one that even little kids are going to want to peruse on their own for the beautiful storytelling found in the pictures alone. It is also big kid accessible as the bigger kids enjoy the silliness of the animals jumping out of their pages. Page layouts have wonderful variation that isn't afraid to vary greatly in both minimizing and maximizing negative space. If you haven't read it (or aren't familiar with any of David Wiesner's books) you truly need to do yourself and your children a favor and go buy it.
|See, this is how much he loves this book!|