Pablo by Rascal

Pablo by Rascal. Translated by Antony Shugaar. Gecko Press, 2021. 9781776573240

Format: Board Book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Pablo is an egg, and chances are he’s French. He has a small croissant and hot chocolate for breakfast as he gathers the strength to break out of his shell. First his eyes, then ears, a beak, legs and wings, and he is ready to take off. Throughout Pablo’s exit from his shell, the art is in black and white, but on the last page he becomes a yellow chick holding a piece of his black shell as an umbrella. Bold, simple, stylized art plays with perception, as the crisp black and white Pablo as an egg, yields a soft, fuzzy yellow Pablo as a hatched chick. I like also how the senses come in to play as he hatches – there are onomatopoeia for the first sounds he hears. A clever book.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This could work for babies and with older kids, with each taking something different from the story.

Who should buy this book? Day cares and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? It’s a cross between a board book and a picture book, so either location would work.

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

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

Date of review: March 28, 2021

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