Erin Reilly-Sanders's Reviews > Hook

Hook by Ed Young
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Aug 01, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: picturebook, fiction

I was really disappointed in this title. First, I feel as if I've already read the story before in Fly eagle Fly written by Christopher Gregorowski and illustrated by Niki Daly. I also see what Ed Young was going for, but the lack of a lyrical text means that the pictures must take more of the weight but while small parts and pieces are beautiful, the overall pictures are just not that appealing. My biggest complaint is that the facing pages have the same continuous background but are usually separate pictures, presenting the main characters twice on a two page spread. This ends up being confusing and disruptive to the flow of the story. I also don't think that Young's birds look that great- somehow the chickens end up looking awkward. All that said, Hook is sort of an interesting experiment for the illustrator, trying to draw things back and illustrating with some restraint. In some cases, this is carried off well such as the wordless two page spread where the boy finds the egg.
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