Saturday, November 9, 2019

Review - On My Mountain

On My Mountain
by François Aubineau
illustrated by Jérôme Peyrat
Date: 2020
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

Both the Shepherd and the Wolf live on the mountain. They love their home and want to feel safe there. This book tells the same story, in identical words, from both the Wolf's perspective and that of the Shepherd. Read the Wolf's story then flip it over and read the Shepherd's story and see the landscape that each of them sees. A good reminder of how humans should behave in the wild and on this earth that we share.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This book has an interesting concept. The same story is told twice, with exactly the same words, but the illustrations are different. The wolf and the shepherd might seem like they're very different, but the fact that the same story can apply to both illustrates how connected we are and how humans and animals often want the same things.

The illustrations are decent. So is the writing. I guess I just wish the story had been a little longer. The gimmick is the two perspectives, and unfortunately, that takes up a lot of space.

Overall, I'd probably recommend this one. It has an important message about sharing the world.

Thank you to NetGalley and Orca Book Publishers for providing a digital ARC.

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

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.17 out of 5

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