Mathilda and the Orange Balloon Review

Mathilda and the Orange Balloon
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Celebrity Authors TAKE NOTE: This is EXACTLY the kind of book you are trying (and repeatedly failing) to write when you take pen to hand (or fingers to keyboard). Mathilda and the Orange Balloon is a story about a limitless imagination and having the courage to believe in one's self that is told in such a deceptively simple way that even the youngest listener will delight in the story. The plot is so pure and simple and wonderfully told that it deserves to be discovered on it's own. And, as I mentioned above, the theme is a common enough one in picture books. But, don't let this dissuade you at all. As someone who has been reading picture books for decades now, out loud at work, at home to my kids and to myself, I find that I am still amazed by the author who can tell a complete story and convey a unified idea, in a matter of sentences. Maurice Sendak's classic "Where the Wild Things Are" is often noted for this quality - a quality that MATHILDA shares. On top of this superb writing by de Seve, Jen Corace delivers magnificent illustrations. Her artwork brings the words to life, but also tells a story that goes beyond the text. And, Corace's illustration style is perfectly matched to de Sève's writing style - both are simple and elegant, yet rich and satisfying.
I have already given this book as a gift and know I will give it many times more - it is a great new baby gift and a brilliant graduation gift! But, make sure you have it to read to your own kids first!

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