Thursday, November 7, 2019

Review - A Little Courage

A Little Courage
by Taltal Levi
Date: 2020
Publisher: NorthSouth Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 48
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

Through the eyes of a child, the world is full of adventure!

A teacup-sized little girl discovers a playground in a potted plant, and the perfect swimming pool in a glass of water. Then when she sees a mysterious shadow lurking beyond her books and paper clips, she must summon her courage. But wait! Could this fluffy, purring creature be a friend?

Taltal Levi’s evocative text and illustrations tell an inventive story about courage, imagination, and friendship.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Is this magic realism or simply an imagination-based fantasy? I'm not sure, but I enjoyed the story anyway.

A tiny girl wakes up every morning and has adventures among the everyday objects in her house. A glass of water becomes a swimming pool. A potted plant is a tree to climb. And a pin is a sword for fighting a shadowy creature with a propensity to purr...

The illustrations, done in a limited colour palette, are quite fun. There are plenty of details to look at in the pictures.

The ending hints at yet more adventures to be had, and perhaps another friend to be made. It's a little open-ended, but it's the kind of ending that leaves it up to the reader to imagine what might happen next based on what's already happened.

I enjoyed this one. It's a bit different, but well worth a look.

Thank you to NetGalley and NorthSouth Books for providing a digital ARC.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.5 out of 5

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