Sunday, January 5, 2014
Once Upon a Memory by Nina Laden-Illustrated by Renata Liwska
I thought I would be reviewing a children's picture book. After all, both Nina Laden and Renata Liwska produce children's books.
As I read it I saw myself reading in the circle of light cast by a low-watt lamp, a child snuggling under the covers as the words and pictures created a soft, comforting rhythm.
I was seduced by Ms. Liwska's dreamy illustrations and Ms. Laden's deceptively simple lines. But look closer and you will see those drawings are underpinned by some dramatic pencil work and the words lead you through very grown-up concepts.
So go ahead, read this to your child. They will enjoy the silly things happening in the pictures and will be saying the lines along with you. Just be ready for that child to ask you "Why are you crying?" as you read the last line (which I won't reveal).
I received a review copy from the publisher and I know Nina Laden.