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The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg
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May 08, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: books-read-in-2011, children-s
Read on May 08, 2011

I love this book! The pictures are to die for and the story being told through excerpts from a diary give the whole thing an extra dose of mystery and an underlying sense of 'not-quite-right'ness.

What I really love about the story is how the transformed men of the ship are saved by being read to..and how the 'wretched stone' (which you never actually see, but always sense it's presence by it's 'light') reminds me of the hypnotizing quality of computers for kids. Oh so subtly done too. But - that may be my take on it.

I love how Chris Van Allsburg evokes such emotion with his colours. And the compositions of the drawings are spectacular. I love how you get only glimpses of space and sky. It lends itself beautifully to the tenseness that the story is trying to portray. Genius!!

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