Friday, September 26, 2014

Review - Flora and the Flamingo

Flora and the Flamingo
by Molly Idle
Date: 2013
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 44
Format: e-book
Source: library

In this innovative wordless picture book, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more!

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I saw this book when I was browsing through the local library's selection of e-books for kids.  I was first drawn in by the cover's colour and illustration, which give the book a definite vintage look.  On the inside, "readers" are treated to a cute little story about a girl and her flamingo friend who love to dance.

Upon reading some of the reviews on Goodreads, I realized that this is a lift-the-flap sort of book, which makes me question why it would be published as an e-book.  There are just some things you can't do in a digital format.  Although it's probably technically possible to mimic paper flaps digitally, that wasn't done here... which leaves Flora and the Flamingo as just a collection of illustrations.

Not that that's such a bad thing.  The pictures are just so gosh darn cute that they don't really need any gimmicks to make them appealing.  But I do kind of want to visit a bookstore now and have a look at the hardcover... just to see what I might have missed!

Quotable moment:

Recommended to: little girls (or boys) who love to dance and who love the colour pink... but try to get a physical copy, rather than the e-book

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: n/a
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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