‘A wonderfully illustrated story, perfect for kids who find family or school life can get a little too much. Highly recommended.’ Wishing Shelf
I very, very much enjoyed this delightful Eastern European tale, superbly illustrated by Damla Cömertpay Öztϋrk. The writing style, often simple but always very, very visual, works perfectly for a picture book of this nature. Pacing is also excellent, the paragraphs never overly long, perfect for a restless child at bedtime.
There was so much to enjoy here, whether it be the wonderfully playful language – words like ‘hooting’, ‘hollering’ and ‘befuddled’ – or the very clever way the story tells the child how, when life gets overwhelming, it is possible to find a little peace. I also loved how the author sprinkled Polish words in amongst the text; I suspect teachers will particularly like this. A thoroughly charming story.
Now to the pics. They are, to be totally honest, superb. For my daughter (who also read the book), they were the best part of the book. Yes, she enjoyed the plot and getting to know Sweet Pea, her loud family, and the wise woman next door, but it was the colorful, even delightful drawings that kept her interest. There are plenty too, and they, along with the lightly written story, kept her enthralled all evening.
So, who would I recommend this book to? I would think any parent who is looking for a well-written, skillfully plotted, bedtime story for children aged 5 – 7 would find this fits the bill perfectly. Particularly if the child finds family life can get a little too hectic. It´s also excellent as a way of introducing simple yoga to a young child.
I always like to end with what I liked the best. For me, it was this: She opened the door to ─ NOISE and CHAOS! Her brothers were rowdy and rambunctious, and her little sisters were hooting and hollering. It reminded me a bit of my family!
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