The Little Barbarian by Renato Moriconi

41dOK5M31ZL__AC_US218_The Little Barbarian by Renato Moriconi. Eerdmans, 2018. ISBN 9780802855091

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre:  Picture books

What did you like about the book? A small man on a small horse rides through many mythological terrors, one after the other. He seems invincible. But, near the end of this wordless picture book, his face starts to fall, and then a silent wail can practically be heard audibly from the book. A much larger barbarian bends down to pick him up, and the last page shows a man with a small wailing child walking away from a carousel. I love the illustrations and the narrow, tall format, which complements the successive perils the barbarian must cross. It’s perfect that it is wordless, and the unexpected ending is a treat.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Add this to your collection of wordless picture books. I imagine an older sibling, versed in Greek mythology, reading this to a child.

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? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: September 26, 2018

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