Isle of You
Candlewick Press, Dec.11.2018
Written by David LaRochelle
A deep breath and a little imagination are key in this gentle, beautifully illustrated story that will inspire little ones to lift their own spirits — and remember that they are loved.
Some days are harder to get through than others, but when you’re sad, or lonely, or angry, it helps to remember these words: the Isle of You. Take a moment to shake off your worries, then set sail to a land where your dreams can come true. Soar on the back of an eagle, hunt for treasure, watch dancing polar bears on roller skates — anything you can imagine is yours. Hopeful and dreamlike, Jaime Kim’s paintings illuminate a way for young readers to visualize a brighter, happier mood in this compassionate story by David LaRochelle.
A dreamlike richness and features warm pastel illustrations by Jaime Kim...This is a lovely, soothing antidote to daily snappishness and stress.
Every page is a double spread of delights in full color using pastel watercolor with digital tools. Children will love the carnival and castle environments, the roller-skating polar bears in tutus, and the friendly animal playmates. It’s a dreamland of wonders, a perfect isle to comfort angry or sorrowful moments in a child’s day.
LaRochelle (Moo!) and Kim (La La La) have created the picture book equivalent of a guided visualization...those with a stubborn case of weltschmerz should welcome the calming sojourn.
Throughout, the narrator’s questions and suggestions have a peaceful and calming effect and add an interactive layer to the tale. A wonderful depiction of the power of imagination that encourages young children to look inwardly when faced with life challenges. A strong choice for most shelves.
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