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Island Boy (Picture Puffins) Paperback – June 1, 1991
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However, it also has to be one of the most realistic and depressing stories for young readers that has been written. The different characters die, some violently, and the years pass without any uplifting passages.
While realism is to be applauded, reading this book to my four-year old grandson raised more troubling questions and fears than I felt were necessary. I recommend parents and grandparents read "Island Boy" prior to sharing it with children so the adult may determine whether the child, particularly those who may be more sensitive, is ready for the more depressing aspects of the book. It is because of this that I rated "Island Boy" a four-star book.
I would say this would be a wonderful addition to your picture book library, as most Cooney books are!
If you love Maine, especially Mid-Coast Maine, you will find it wonderfully familiar..
This should be in every little boy's library.
Anyway, just based on that childhood bedtime hobby, I was bound to love this book. It is one of the very best picture books I've ever read, right up there with "Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp". The maps are lovely, the illustrations are amazing. They are done in the folk art style, and are absolutely beautiful and very detailed.
The prose and illustrations match, somehow- spare, yet rich. Childlike, but very appealing to adults. It's hard to explain, but it's the same kind of magic that a great kids' animated movie has- the kids love it ALMOST as much as the parents.
Part of me wishes it was a novel, so it wouldn't be over so quickly. And part me thinks, "Why mess with perfection?"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book about family, relationships, and the phases of life. A positive outlook regarding aging and death. Gorgeous illustrations. Barbara Cooney is delightful.Published 1 month ago by Rockin Mommy
This book was in very poor condition... written in to another child from their Grandmother, had yellowing on pages and smelled old. None of this was written in the description. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
My favorite illustrator, I can see why she identified so much with this character. Loved it!Published 10 months ago by writegirl36