Friday, April 15, 2011

Bluebonnet Time

I was able to see a preview of this book on Netgalley. Was totally excited by the idea when I saw it listed because I've had the author perform at my school and he is AWESOME! And of course we TX librarians are always on the lookout for TX books.

But I'm not a huge fan of this title. The story is OK ... not going to become my new most favorite but certainly the idea was worth exploring. There is just too much on the page. Too much text and too much illustration. No ... quiet space. (It doesn't have to be white!) It just has to give the reader's eyes a rest so that they can sort of relax and process the story. And it's not that I don't think the illustrations are well done. Bits and pieces are great. Overall there is just too much.

I can see Texas teachers wanting to use this one in lessons, certainly. And maybe even science teachers in other areas. I also think just about everyone will open the book up and get a bit overwhelmed.

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