Hello Lovely Readers!
Now that I have published a book myself, I can better understand the importance of book reviews posted on Goodreads and Amazon. Blog posts help too 🙂
Though I don’t typically make resolutions, I have decided on one goal for myself this year: to review one amazing picture book each month on my blog, Amazon, and Goodreads. Yes, I’m on a mission to spread my love for picture books. so if you have little people in your life, or simply love picture books, here we go!
I was lucky enough to come across Butterfly Park by Elly Mackay a couple of months ago at Chapters Bookstore in Victoria, B.C. The illustrations are so enthralling and the time and detail put into each one is incredible. It is worth having a look at Elly’s process for creating illustrations, which involves careful cutting of paper, painting, setting up of scenes and then photography. The images are whimsical and colourful with a balance of clear and soft focus.
Moving to a new town, the main character must leave behind the things she loves. She particularly misses the butterflies and must find a way to adapt and make friends in her new town which at first, appears quite bleak and grey. By the end, she creates and discovers friendship and beauty in Butterfly Park. And she finally feels at home in her new surroundings.
The story and images work together beautifully. The page turns are suspenseful and the story is totally relatable for young children. The story is a celebration of friendship, community, beauty, and change. It is memorable for children and adults alike.
Thanks for reading! And by the way, I’m hoping a few more people can review my lovely picture book, Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker so if you’ve read it, please take a moment to leave a review. To enter to win a copy, head over to Goodreads; giveaway closes on January the 27th, 2018!