Saturday, April 7, 2012

Review: The Lonely Book by Kate Bernheimer, ill. by Chris Sheban

In a word - cozy.

The children's love of a new book.  We have all seen it.  A book new to the library, given the enviable position atop the shelves, and all the kids clamor for their turn to bring the brand-new book home.  Until one day, the new book is replaced by other new books (sounds like my own bookshelves).  The new book isn't so new, and is placed on a shelf.  It doesn't mind its home, but one day Alice finds it and falls in love with the story, as children sometimes do.  Unfortunately, the book gets lost, and lonely.  Alice reads other books, never forgetting the special book from so long ago.  Finally, Alice is reunited with the long-lost book. 

The illustrations by Chris Sheban are perfect, as they create a warmth and softness to this story.  The library is just generic enough so that both the child and adult can easily remember their own favorite library.  The illustrations of Alice's book, however, will want readers wondering about the book within the book!  Don't worry, they aren't so bold as to be distracting, but they are exquisite enough to send one's imagination alight.

I see a lot of children's picture books throughout the course of a week, but this one stood out among them all.  If you want to share a story of libraries, reading, and the love of books with a child, bring THE LONELY BOOK home.



Book Extras:
Random House book page
Author webpage
Illustrator Webpage


About the Book:
  • Reading level: Ages 4 and up
  • Library Binding: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375962263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375962264

  • About the Author:
    Kate Bernheimer is the author of a short story collection and a trio of novels. She also writes children's books, including The Girl in The Castle inside The Museum (Random House Children's Books/Schwartz & Wade), which was illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli and was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008.  Kate Bernheimer founded and edits the literary journal Fairy Tale Review. She is Associate Professor & Writer in Residence at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.



    *Disclosure: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher

    2 comments:

    bermudaonion said...

    That sounds true to so many readers' lives. The book looks lovely.

    You should link up to Booking Mama's Kid Konnection.

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