I normally don’t write book reviews, but it’s something I should definitely consider doing more often because there are far too many books I love thatI normally don’t write book reviews, but it’s something I should definitely consider doing more often because there are far too many books I love that sit all too quiet on the shelves and deserve the voices who love them to scream I LOVE YOU.
And that’s how I felt about The Stumps of Flattop Hill.
While it is short, it’s a masterpiece, and here’s why;
First, the art is wonderfully done, and second, Lamug doesn’t shy away from taking a character on an adventure that may not end well and I was happy with that. Life is life, and all too often our realities can prove that what we set out to do doesn’t always end well, and it’s an important message for everyone. We live in a culture where parents are afraid to talk about these topics because it’s a situation nobody wants to face or deal with, but it’s real, it’s life, and it’s unfortunate. Most children’s books in the U.S. shy away from darker themes and I’ve always wondered why. Sure, there are many beloved bright and lovely books for children that I absolutely adore, but there are some really dark ones that stood out more to me as a child. Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark, for instance, is one that got me reading, it lured me in with a fish hook. There were some darker themes to my childhood and that book spoke to me, I was able to connect to it just as much as I did to the brighter ones and that’s a good thing.
The Stumps of Flattop Hill may be a scary story, but it’s no different than what our children may face in their own lives, and it’s great if there are books out there that our children can relate to, whether it’s scary or not.
I applaud Lamug for not shying away from these very important themes and being very tasteful about it, in both art and words. ...more
This book is both adorable and a nice change in children's literature. When Boy feels alone, he stumbles upon a little dog named Poi Poi who also feelThis book is both adorable and a nice change in children's literature. When Boy feels alone, he stumbles upon a little dog named Poi Poi who also feels the same way, and their friendship solves this problem. It's told using some Hawaiian language, and even had a glossary in the end explaining what the words meant. Such a fun read, my children really enjoyed this and when we make it to Hawaii, I'll definitely be bringing this book along. So fun!...more