Thursday, June 19, 2008

Book Review: Alena and the Favorite Thing

Alena and the Favorite Thing (by Eric B. Anderson) is one of those rarities available in the children’s book world today - a charming story about a dad and his daughter.

Little Alena has become bored and downright depressed, so she and her dad go romping through their house looking for something her dad has lost and along the way find items from her past – stuffed animals, ballerina statue, old costumes, roller-skates, etc. He reminisces with her about them until he’s finds what he’s looking for (Hint: It’s not a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, that would be in my children’s book.)

The story is truly unique, is unlike anything I’ve read before, and it’s spotted with bits of humor that I found really entertaining. But what I found even more fascinating was the stunning illustrations of Polish artist Jakub Kuzma. His sophisticated eastern European illustrations are something not usually seen with small publishers; which more often than not resort to having the neighbors kid in High School draw the pictures.