Friday, 14 August 2020

Kiddie's Corner: Lost, Fish Boy, Argyle Fox and The Book of Selkie



Lost by Christine Reynebeau - Illustrated by Rachael Hawkes

Rating:
⭐⭐⭐⭐

Release Date:  July 2nd 2020

Description:
Lucy and her favourite stuffed animal, Lou, do everything together. While on a family cruise, the wind sweeps her stuffed animal off into the ocean where is lost forever. Join Lucy in a story about grief and loss, as she navigates moving forward while honouring her beloved stuffed animal.

My Thoughts: 
Lost is a beautifully written book about love and loss simply articulated over the loss of a beloved stuffed animal. I'm not going to lie, I actually felt a little teary and emotional as I read it as I could so easily imagine the grief if my son lost his ratty grotty, well-loved penguin! That thing has been a feature of our lives for years and is in more family pictures than some of our family! But I digress... Lost is a lovely story that explains how losing something you love will hurt but that you never truly lose them from your heart and memories. 
It would be a perfect story to read to a child to help them understand grief, loss or death. 

My only complaint is that the illustrations were very bland. They felt old school... Like something you'd find in a kid's book 30 years ago only they miss the mark completely on being timeless and just look dated. 

Fish-Boy: An Inuit Folk Tale by Vanita Oelschlager

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐


Release Date:  May 1st 2018

Description:
The Arctic region of North America is a land of long days, icy cold, hardy people and peculiar creatures.  The Inuit people there have made traditional use of remarkable folk tales to find truth and explain the mysteries of an astonishing world.

In Fish-Boy, An Inuit Folk Tale, Vanita Oelschlager retells a tale passed down by a wise old Inuit.  It's an origin story involving a little magic and a very odd boy with a large heart for friendship.  On a journey with his new father, he must confront misfortune and the malice of cold hearted villagers.  But he has a way.. and a lesson for all in the virtues of kindness and hospitality. 

My Thoughts: 
Fish Boy is a fascinating folk tale that I enjoyed reading but the prose was incredibly dry and it was incredibly wordy for a book aimed at young readers. 
The illustrations were nice to look at and complimented the story which highlights that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses and the importance of kindness.

There's nothing in the story that would have stopped me reading it to my son when he was much younger (three-seven ish) but it would have required a lot of explaining at times and I'm not sure it would have held his attention sufficiently in order to read it in one sitting. However, his nine-year-old self enjoyed it.

Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Release Date:  March 14th 2017

Description:
Argyle Fox, with his signature style, wants to play outside on a springtime day, but the wind is wreaking havoc with his fun and games. As soon as he builds a card tower, climbs into a giant spider web, or takes up his pirate sword, here comes the wind: Woosh!

Mama Fox tells grumpy Argyle that if he thinks long enough, he will come up with something to do. Following his mother’s suggestion and inspired by her knitting, he works all the pieces of his day together and creates the perfect solution

My Thoughts: 
A little fox wants to play outside but every game he chooses is unsuitable for the weather but he keeps trying until he finds something that is perfect for windy days outside.
The book is full of lovely illustrations, and it is a sweet, simple and fun story about perseverance and creative play. 
I'd recommend for kids up to age six or seven. 

The Book of Selkie by Briana Corr Scott

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Release Date:  October 15th 2020

Description:
Oh to be a Selkie,
And live between two worlds
Half your days spent as a seal,
And the other half, a girl...

Stories about the selkie have been told for hundreds of years by those who live near the North Atlantic and North Sea. Sometimes called "seal folk," the selkie, as humans, are tall and strong with dark hair and eyes. Extremely private, they keep their seal coats hidden away until they get restless and are called to the sea, and take on their seal forms.

My Thoughts: 
Selkies are one of those mythological beasties that permeate Scottish folklore but I haven't seen many of them appear in a kid's book before so The Book of Selkie is a treat. 
The book isn't a story so much as a series of little passages that tell the reader all about being a Selkie in a rhyming and lyrical way accompanied by beautiful illustrations. 
The book would be a perfect bedtime read for any young child but especially for those who have an affinity for the sea or love for make-believe. 

*All books were review copies received via NetGalley *

2 comments:

  1. I've read some paranormal romance books that had Selkies in them so that's fun.

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  2. Lost looks so cute! My mom loves giraffes, so I am automatically drawn to that adorable cover! Why can't adult books have the stunning artwork that children's books do?

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