The touching plot is enhanced by Jakub Kuzma's standout illustrations. The characters are unusually expressive; subtle nuances like raised eyebrows and sly sidelong glances are captured expertly on the page and give remarkable depth to the story. The drawings use light, movement, and shadows brilliantly, and there's so much going on in each picture (from Poppa's mismatched socks to the antics of the family cat) that a young reader will be compelled to reach for this colorful book again and again.
In a market flooded with tired plot variations of how mothers love their children, this will be a welcome find for dads seeking a special book to read to their little girls. I recommend Alena & the Favorite Thing as a good addition to the libraries of today's dads and daughters.
The above review was contributed by: Jennifer MacKay: Jenny has published hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. She is also a journals copy editor for Sage Publications and does independent consulting as a developmental book editor. Her chief writing and editing interests are in the juvenile market. -- Bookpleasures.com Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
My 4-year daughter and I like reading "Alena and the Favorite Thing" because it is a sweet story, and any parent/child duo who has had to fill a rainy day can identify with it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by J. Money
This is a cute and fun story with wonderful, expressive illustrations. I have 2 kiddos and they love reading this book. Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by Daniel Keen
I was thrilled to find this book, written by a friend's brother. Way to go, Eric!! Please tell Claire, "Hi!" for me (I've meant to keep in touch...time passes so quickly. Read morePublished on December 27, 2008 by Jena G.
This story is so sweet and brought a tear to my eye. I am a sucker for father/daughter stories. This one hits the nail on the head for how little ones think about things. Read morePublished on November 14, 2008 by Bella's Mama
I was in a bookstore in Wellsboro and this book jumped out at me. It's bright and colorful and had great look, which did lead me to pick it up. Read morePublished on November 7, 2008 by Kevin J. Coolidge
This beautifully illustrated children's book is both touching and funny. It is written for fathers and daughters, but my six-year-old and four-year-old sons love reading it,... Read morePublished on May 24, 2008 by R. Greene