Emily Gravett always manages to surprise me. I couldn't wait any longer to see her newest picture book, Spells, and requested it from another library. It's just....fascinating! Let's see, how can I describe this without giving anything anyway?
A little green frog with a big imagination finds a magical surprise. The reader gets an even bigger surprise after choosing the best ending for the.....frog?
Another marvelous Emily Gravett masterpiece, complete with sly puns, unique construction, clever illustrations (take a close look at the black background in the light) and final delicious touch.
Verdict: If your library is firmly against any kind of flaps or "novelty", this won't be wanted, but try to get it anyways. Delightful fun!
But is it going to make my 5 year old cry? Wolves and the one with the egg had that effect.
I would say no - it's more silly than scary. Wolves and The Odd Egg do have scary endings, especially Wolves! Spells is more a magical mix and match story playing with words. There is one picture of a snake that could be scary if your child is sensitive, but it's not attacking or eating anything.
I just read this one and yes, it is so special! I plan to review it at some point on my blog too.
Oh, I have this one! Gravett restores my faith in the off-the-wall originality possible in children's literature.
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