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By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Enchanting art, wordless fantasy lead kids to tell story.

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age 3+

Based on 1 parent review

age 3+

Beautiful and fun

First, this is a wordless book, so a "reader" has to make up their own words to this story (if reading it aloud, which I am doing with my kids). But the action is clear and it is easy to narrate even without words, although a second or third read-through might make it easier since you are more likely to catch the foreshadowing after you know what's coming. I think this book would work best with a 3-year old and older, but my almost-two-year-old enjoyed it a lot and asked for several re-reads while we had the book (it was from the library). Since it is wordless, any child could enjoy it, regardless of reading level.

Is It Any Good?

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A kid brings meaning and adventure to the world using imagination and a crayon; it’s a familiar premise, but Becker's magical, complex artwork and charming story take it into new territory. He creates enchanted, imaginative backdrops galore, but it's the little girl's simple lines, the bright red of the things she draws, the bird's purple feathers, and the fascinating twist at the end that make the story.

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