[ARC] from Kids Can Press – 2

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As I did some years ago, I collect in a single post the comments to some arcs received from Kids Can Press – publisher of children books.

The comments are about the following books:

  • The Animals’ Ark by Marianne Dubuc
  • Mr. King’s Machine by Geneviève Côté
  • Life Without Nico by Andrea Maturana
  • The Storm by Akiko Miyakoshi
  • Willow’s Smile by Lana Button

The Animals’ Ark by Marianne Dubuc

The water level is increasing, and the rain does not stop! The only hope for the animals is to board the ark and hope for the better.

The space is quite small, and, after a period of peace when everyone has fun in its own way, the cohabitation causes some issues, but maybe the dove will bring good news!

The Animals’ Ark is about Noah myth, and the author’s skills in drawing funny and nice animals are quite suited for this story.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

Mr. King’s Machine by Geneviève Côté

I had the chance to read from this author two cute books about a small rabbit and a small pig (Starring Me and You, Goodnight, You) that I liked a lot.

I did not wait to ask the ark of Mr. King’s Machine that however disappointed me: the main character is a cat that to save the flowers from a caterpillar builds a machine to find it, and in the end he pollutes all the green fields. The situation will be fixed in the end, but the ecological metaphor is very simplified (I think Moletown is more sharp on this topic).

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

Life Without Nico by Andrea Maturana

Maia and Nico are best friends, they share everything and what a fun to spend time together.

Nico’s parents have to move because of their work, and the two friends are so divided, how will be Maia’s life without Nico? A black shadow seems to follow her, getting bigger, almost till swallowing her, but soon Maia finds new friends and makes new experiences.

It is then so nice to meet again with Nico and share all the news and be friends like before and maybe more, despite distances.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

The Storm by Akiko Miyakoshi

How nice is to go to the beach! But the storm is getting closer, the sky is dark and rainy.

The little protagonist has to stay home and what a scare the sound outside. The only way is to go to the bed and pull the blankets over the head and dream to be on a sailing ship that overcomes the worst of the storms, and the next day the blue sky enlightens the morning.

The Storm by Akiko Miyakoshi is a small masterpiece, the shades of grey that underline that the storm is coming, the care in drawing the scenes and the details, the wise use of colours in the end (like in The Tea Party in the Woods).

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

Willow’s Smile by Lana Button

Willow is a nice, solar girl, but she is unable to smile when taking a photo. How will be able to smile during the Picture Day when they will take her photo?

She is lucky because the photographer understands her problem, and soon Willow will be his helper to make every other kid smile, and maybe when will be her turn she will smile, too!

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.


* The Animals’ Ark by Marianne Dubuc ★★★★☆
* Mr. King’s Machine by Geneviève Côté ★★☆☆☆
* Life Without Nico by Andrea Maturana ★★★★☆
* The Storm by Akiko Miyakoshi ★★★★★
* Willow’s Smile by Lana Button ★★★☆☆

*I read this book in english

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