Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Review - It's Easter!

It's Easter! (Luke and Lottie)
by Ruth Wielockx
Date: 2020
Publisher: Clavis Publishing
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

We’ve celebrate Halloween ("Just right for very little trick-or-treaters" ― Kirkus Reviews) and Christmas (“A merry little Christmas Eve story.” – Kirkus Review) with the twins, Luke and Lottie! Now let’s celebrate Easter with them!

It’s Easter! Luke and Lottie are going to an Easter egg hunt at the farm. Daddy is dressed up as an Easter Bunny. And Luke and Lottie are dressed up as bunnies too! They look in the henhouse, in the meadow, and in the bunny hutch. Easter egg hunts are so much fun!

A sweet and recognizable story about celebrating Easter together. For children ages 3 and up.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

The synopsis says this is "a sweet and recognizable story". It is sweet... but it's not recognizable, at least not to North American audiences. The book was apparently first published in Dutch in Belgium and the Netherlands, and it's obvious that they have some different Easter traditions. The egg hunt seems to be a strange mixture of Easter and Halloween (everybody dresses up in Easter-themed costumes and traipses through animal enclosures to find chocolate eggs), and rather than dyeing eggs, the kids paint them and stick feathers on them.

If you go into it understanding that it's not going to show a traditional North American Easter celebration, it'll probably work a little better. The illustrations are cute (maybe a little too cute... but for little kids, it's fine) and the writing isn't bad.

This book could be used as a good introduction to different Easter customs... and may even be the inspiration for some new traditions of your own!

Thank you to NetGalley and Clavis Publishing for providing a digital ARC.

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

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3 out of 5

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