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Mabel and the Queen of Dreams Hardcover – July 28, 2016
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About the Author
Henry Herz authored the picture books Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes, When You Give an Imp a Penny, Little Red Cuttlefish, and Dinosaur Pirates. Lisa Woods is an illustrator in Orange County, California.
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We have rambunctious Mabel, who's a bedtime procrastinator. We have the tale of how the Fae Queen paints little ones' dreams. We describe a fantasy world of fairies and then we throw in some Shakespeare for good measure. And all of this in a bedtime book that is intended to wind a kid down before bed.
The Mabel bits show real insight into how a clever kid drags out bedtime, while still allowing Mabel to be an appealing kid. The explanation of how the Fae Queen paints dreams by touching a sleeper's hand or lips is creative and sort of comforting. The description of the Queen and her carriage, drawn as it is by a very cool dragonfly, is just enough to be whimsically charming without being twee. Even Mom's little get-into-bed-eyebrow-roll feels right.
The spare but effective prose is enhanced by drawings that have the same tone and feel as the narrative, and the cumulative effect is interesting, mellow and just right for quiet time. I very much liked this as a bedtime choice.
(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
I really enjoyed all the imagery in this book – the Fae queen’s coach was crafted by a beetle! If she travels about your knees as you sleep, then you dream you are dancing! Those are just two examples and plenty more are told simply in this children’s bedtime story book. The final page has some lines from Shakespeare and I always like little touches like this because they stand the chance of planting a seed – in this case, one that will blossom into a love of Shakespeare.
The illustrations are beautiful and some are rather detailed. I especially liked the ones showing other kids and what they dream of. I also loved the illustration of the beetle working away at making a fairy coach. The Fae queen does put in an appearance and I was not disappointed!
I received a copy of this book at no cost from the authors in exchange for an honest review.
Little Mabel is not the easiest child to get to close her eyes and drift away but this story and it's magical quality have her sleeping and dreaming beautiful dreams of the visiting queen in no time.
It's a fun story small children will love and the illustrations are enchanting. A beautiful story book for and child.
***I was provided with a free review copy of this title***
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Well thought out story. Language relaxes as the story moves on. Illustrations grow more subdued and restful.
Everything you want in a bedtime book.