The Great & the Small – Review

The Great and the Small by A.T. Balsara is an amazing book. On one level, it’s the story of intelligent rats, told from their point of view through vivid descriptions and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations. All of that, however, is on the surface. Beneath the warm and fuzzy characters, we find a story of war and the devastating effect it has on everyone involved. The story follows a young rat named Finn who has a strong moral compass. He is the nephew of Papa, the beloved leader of the rats. Papa and the council wage an all-out war on the humans … Continue reading The Great & the Small – Review

WONDERSTRUCK – A Visual Treat

One of my favorite authors for young readers is Brian Selznick. He is the author and illustrator of the book that inspired the 2011 movie, Hugo. The book’s full title is The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007). When I read that book back in 2009 with my daughter I was in awe of it from start to finish. I had never experienced such a creative intertwining of a written narrative and finely detailed drawings. Selznick’s illustrations didn’t just enhance the story, for at least half the book they were the story. To say the least, I was inspired. Selznick’s follow-up novel is … Continue reading WONDERSTRUCK – A Visual Treat