Thursday, May 14, 2020

Review - Infinity

by Pablo Bernasconi
Date: 2020
Publisher: Penny Candy Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 72
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

How many ways are there to define forever? With machines that power the sun and moon, ballet dancers, desert islands, abandoned bird cages, firefighters, physics, Shakespeare, and more, Argentinian author-illustrator Pablo Bernasconi, finalist for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award, creates a universe where the possibilities are endless.

Pairing stunning imagery with poetic meditations, Bernasconi invites kids and adults to use their imaginations to consider the concept of infinity. Is it an idea that refuses to be caged in a word? Maybe! Is it a jar full of stories and white ink spilled on the snow? Could be! Winner of the Grand Prize from the AsociaciĆ³n de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil de la Argentina (ALIJA) in 2018, Infinity works equally well as a bedtime story, a teaching prompt, or a graduation gift.

(synopsis from NetGalley; see it on Goodreads)

The poetry here will probably go over most kids' (and probably many adults') heads, but the real strength of this book is in its illustrations, anyway. The mixed-media pieces are stunning and thought provoking, perfectly complementing the little snippets of philosophical thought.

I highly recommend checking this one out for the aesthetic alone.

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

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

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.83 out of 5

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