Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review #1433 Stephen and the Beetle by Jorge Lujan

Review #1433
Stephen and the Beetle by Jorge Lujan, illustrated by Chiara Carrer,
Rating: one star (out of four)

I didn't care for the illustrations in this book at all. There was something off, something unsettling, and they felt unprofessional. They looked like something a kid would draw and while I typically like those type of illustrations, I didn't get these pictures.  They felt flat and they didn't seem to add to the story. I didn't like the color sceme or the way certain pages were animated. The story didn't seem to have meaning. I wasn't sure why things were happening and I didn't like the way it ended. It also felt crude and unfinished, which was probably one of my biggest problems with the book. I was shocked this had been named one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2012. Not something I'd recommend.

1 comment:

  1. That is a really interesting point, Snorkle. I think it is really important for the illustrations of a book to really fit with the words, seeing as the age group for this book are primarily going to be focusing on the pictures anyway. Very helpful review, and I am sure to read more in the future!