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. Volume XXI Number 32. . . .April 24, 2015
This is followed by the information, set apart from the story in a box, that:
Young is also the illustrator here. Pen-and-ink drawings in pastel hues have been coloured in Photoshop. The animals are naturalistic in style while the Queen and her palace background are suggested in a more fantastic light.
The real problem is that the format of the book is at odds with the informational component. Children reading for the story will be confused, perhaps not staying the course long enough to find out that, much to the delight of the sea urchins, the Queen has left her shadow 'in the loo' (if young children even know that term). Although there is rich material in The Queen's Shadow: A Story about How Animals See, those looking to find out about animal vision will have to wade through content that distracts from their search.
Recommended with Reservations.
Ellen Heaney is a retired children's librarian living in Coquitlam, BC.
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