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3.0 out of 5 stars A tiresome read, March 14, 2012
This review is from: French Ducks in Venice (Hardcover)
The ducks aren't French and they don't live in the Venice, Italy, but one thing is for sure--Georges and his sister Cécile are quite fond of their friend Polina Panova. When not wading in the canal, the pair visits Polina in her home dressmaking shop where she creates beautiful dresses of silk, cotton, and velvet with pieces of night sky and strawberry jam. Polina lives with her princely boyfriend Sebastian Sterling and she is "happy and peaceful and amazed"--until Sebastian leaves. It will not do for his princess to be sad so Georges sets out to find Sebastian to no avail. If Polina can't have Sebastian, Georges will find his princess another present. But what Polina really needs is time.

The digital illustrations are undeniably alluring and readers are in for a visual treat. Unfortunately, we are not privy to Polina's magical dresses made with Georges' present. Some scenes are too long such as when Georges is incredibly flummoxed by Sebastian's departure, and repetitive phrases may bore some readers. Suitable for readers ages nine and up, this book is divided into scenes with symbols denoting a scene's end.

Originally reviewed in the San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review from ARC
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