Thursday, May 9, 2013

Book Review #1473 The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool

Review: #1473
Book: The Cloud Spinner
Author: Michael Catchpool
Illustrator: Alison Jay
Rating: two stars (out of four)
Release date: March 13, 2012
Pages: 32
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Source: Library

I mostly picked up this book because of the cover, it reminded me of the early covers of The Goose Girl and other books by Shannon Hale. I love the cracklings running up and down the surface of the painting. And the idea of someone who made stuff out of clouds was also intriguing. This story had an interesting concept, a little like Rapunzel, but with a loftier twist. It was also interesting to see how the landscape illustrations often reflected the general mood of the book...and I think kids will have fun spotting the faces and features in the hillsides and scenery. The book had a good message, but it's not something I'd read over and over.

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