Saturday, July 6, 2013
The Beast and the Boy by Massimo Mostacchi & Monica Miceli
If you appreciate beautiful art in children's books you can appreciate this book based on its illustrations alone. The book features full panel and double page spreads of Monica Miceli's waving trees and abstract hills which give enormous warmth to the story. Appearances aren't everything and the beast in this book may well look ferocious, but really he's harmless and desperately in need of a friend. One day he meets a runaway boy who also lacks friends. And so a new friendship is forged with the two revelling in each other's company. Meanwhile, the boys parents who are desperately searching for him, are faced by a pack of menacing wolves and the plot develops from here. This is a straightforward morality tale which can easily be appreciated by all primary students.