Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today. we're featuring one of the latest titles from an author team you may recognize and with GOOD REASON! First off, I've featured their work here before, and secondly, each one has been rather memorable. The title we've selected today is in the same genre as their previous releases, Picture Books, and still tinged with the fantastical flare we've come to love. It's a great way to introduce little ones to the Fantasy genre without over-inundating them, as well as a perfect means to jump start their dreams. Ready or not, here comes today's book of choice...
Mabel and the Queen of Dreams
Henry, Joshua, and Harrison Herz
About the book...
Little Mabel is an expert at not going to sleep. She knows all the best bedtime-avoiding excuses. "I'm thirsty." "I need to use the bathroom." "Will you tell me a story?" Luckily, Mom's quiver of bedtime tales includes the story of the Fae Queen, who paints children's dreams and can only visit when their eyes are closed. Inspired by Mercutio's soliloquy in Romeo & Juliet, in which he details how the tiny fairy queen influences people's dreams as she passes by in her flying chariot, the soothing story evokes images of an ant in a worn gray coat and a hazelnut-shell chariot with a roof of grasshopper wings. Told in lyrical language that adults will also appreciate, the story helps parents get their kids to sleep.
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Seeing sweet Mabel's face as she takes all the wonder in, watching her grow more and more sleepy as the tale continues on, even those final moments before true slumber where she's wearing the sweetest smile, all bring to mind those moments from childhood that we all truly cherish. The fantastical critter cast is well represented as we feast our eyes on an aviator hat wearing dragonfly, a vehicle building beetle, and a chariot driving ant...not to mention the Queen herself in all her splendor. One of my favorite scenes is when the chariot is being built. I liked the details included in the text and as well as that revealed in the illustrations. It's truly a magical read fit for the tall to the small.
Special thanks to author Henry Herz and the Schiffer Publishing team for the digital copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.
Until next time...happy reading!