Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? A special delivery will travel by truck, by boat, by whale, by rocket, and by any means necessary to reach a grandmother’s loved one. In this precious and semi-wordless picture book, one package makes its way around the world and through the caring hands of many diverse men and women towards it final destination. The creative methods of travel as well as the integrated use of colors and lines in the artwork will spark the imagination of young ones and the repeated image of hearts (and some hidden words of love) on each step of the journey makes this fun for repeated reads.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The best part of this story is relegated to the end papers on the back of the book. While this move is understandable to conserve space and make the book the appropriate length for printing, this adorable conclusion deserves a bigger spotlight. (Spoiler: After traveling all that way, the boy waves to his grandmother to thank her… she lives next door!)
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommended for children who enjoy wordless picture books such as Mr. Wuffles or Chalk. Pre-readers will be able to follow the journey of the package easily with the fantastic use of line in the illustrations while readers will be able to decode some of the hidden images on each page.
Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections (public and school)
Where would you shelve it ? Picture book collection
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes! Storytime planners may find this to be a good addition to a theme on love, families, or travel while others could just enjoy a short and sweet story.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA
Date of review: February 9, 2017