Roland – Nelly Stephane, pictures by Andre Francois

 51q8veckotl      Roland – Nelly Stephane, pictures by Andre Francois, Enchanted Lion Books, (9781592702046), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  3

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  In this reprint of a book originally published in 1958, a little boy named Roland is able to bring drawings and other objects to life by saying “Crack.”  Roland conjures a lion, zebra and winter landscape in his school.  On the way home he pats a friend’s fur coat and says “Crack.”  “The coat came to life and turned into many little fur animals.”  The story is absurdist and imaginative.  The illustrations, rendered in four colors, black, blue, gold and white, complement the tone of the story and have a retro feel.  Children will enjoy this wildly imaginative tale.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Hand this to fans of Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon series.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 1/14/17             

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