Under the Umbrella written by Catherine Buquet, illustrated by Marion Arbona

91hmyqbkigl Under the Umbrella written by Catherine Buquet, illustrated by Marion Arbona, translated by Erin Woods, Pajama Press. (9781772780161), 2017.

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Picture book

Rating: (1-5, 5 is a starred review) 3

What did you like about the book?  This book depicts a “small moment”– a moody man and a small, innocent boy cross paths on a stormy day. Predictably, the cheeriness of the boy (and the window of the pastry shop he is gazing at) melts the man’s heart and they share a tart and a joyful moment together.

The colors in the illustration are luxurious. Rich reds, sunny yellows, luscious pinks make up the pastry shop scenes. Even the dark, rainy day scenes have spots of color keeping them from becoming too depressing and off-putting.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Neither plot-driven nor concept-oriented, I don’t see a wide audience for this title. The rhythm of the text suffered in the translation.

To whom would you recommend this book? / Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Nancy Riemer Kellner, Peaslee Elementary School Library, Northborough, MA

Date of review: 2/12/2017

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