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A River Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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From the Publisher
'[A] stunningly illustrated book.'
Peek inside this New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year
I can see many fish swimming in and out of the light.
Where will it take me?
In an endless stream of busyness.
A subtle study of imagination:
'Working in watercolor, gouache, and other media, Australian author-illustrator Martin follows the blue river through an industrial area with smoking factories into farmland, hilly countryside, and dense jungle, where wild animals watch the girl from the riverbank. After she reaches the ocean, a storm creates a shadowy maelstrom of objects remembered from her journey- splatters and sprays of paint make the pages look almost wet to the touch- followed by a return to her bedroom. It’s a subtle study of how imagination allows children to safely explore the unknown without ever leaving home.' -Publishers Weekly
"A subtle study of how imagination allows children to safely explore the unknown without ever leaving home."-Publishers Weekly
"This stunningly illustrated book, rendered in deep blues and greens, charts a river's meandering course through cities, farms and jungles."--Entertainment Weekly
"Light on words, heavy on gorgeous illustrations that explore nature, and cities, and home."--Design Mom
About the Author
Marc Martin is an illustrator, artist, and bookmaker based in Melbourne, Australia.
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Illustrations have deep, rich colors that carry readers along with the girl as she journeys.
The color palette is dark, and while some two page spreads have charming details, others are just dark and more than a bit foreboding. There are parts of this book I find to be very engaging, and others where I feel that the artist has just missed the mark and failed to support the story his text is trying to tell. A River is a hit and a miss for me and earns a solid three stars for a book that's just okay but not all that memorable.
*Book provided by the publisher for review purposes.
I love the journey it takes. A reader follows the river through all sorts of different geographic locations. With the tiniest bit of imagination, it's as though the reader is on an adventure. The illustrations are highly detailed and the tale, though not in verse is poetic and just the right amount of softness for bedtime reading.
Where I ran into some trouble was in the illustrations. Honestly, the illustrations are better suited to grown up tastes. The colors are muted and dark and I missed the cheerful brightness of most children's books. Even though I might expect such a quiet book to be somewhat muted, some of the illustrations are so full of detail that what should be soothing becomes more chaotic.
While I think adult readers will appreciate the artwork, little ones might find this a bit overwhelming.
* Review Copy provided via the publisher.