March 2013 Short Book Reviews

Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax #2)
by Dorothy Gilman

published in 1985/2011
6:34 hours

When Emily Pollifax answers the phone that Sunday morning, she quickly forgets all about her Garden Club tea that afternoon. For the voice on the other end belonged to a man she had never seen, a man from the CIA who asked her if she could leave immediately on a mission that would take her halfway across the world! What could Mrs. Pollifax say but yes? [Goodreads]

***

I just love Mrs. Pollifax. In this book, she is sent to Turkey.

There were cool passages on the country of Turkey, on the Gipsy community, and of course all of Emilie’s adventures trying to rescue another agent were worth the trip…

FlotsamFlotsam
by David Wiesner

published in 2006
40  pages

A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam–anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there’s no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share . . . and to keep.

Each of David Wiesner’s amazing picture books has revealed the magical possibilities of some ordinary thing or happening–a frog on a lily pad, a trip to the Empire State Building, a well-known nursery tale. In this Caldecott Medal winner, a day at the beach is the springboard into a wildly imaginative exploration of the mysteries of the deep, and of the qualities that enable us to witness these wonders and delight in them. [Goodreads]

***

This was so very beautiful! The illustrations, watercolors, are really awesome, with lots of details and gentle colors. And it was cool to see how the artist treated each page: full page, or 2 pictures, or 3 or more, and how they were organized; he tried all kinds of settings throughout the book.

And I really loved the story about connection and adventures. By the way, there is not  a single word used in this picture book, but really no one needs words when you are that gifted with pictures. They do speak volume by themselves. Whatever your age, if you love art, you have to look at this book.

You can see several pages of this book on the first rows of pictures here.

HAVE YOU READ THESE BOOKS ?
WHAT IS YOUR MOST FAVORITE BOOK BY DAVID WIESNER?
DO YOU FEEL LIKE READING ANY OF THESE?
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