Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Picture Book Review: The Rainbow Stick Boy by Michael Santolini

The Rainbow Stick Boy

Words by Michael Santolini
Illustrated by Michael Santolini
Published by Michael Santolini
Published in 2012
18 Pages
Ages ? (Young children)

This is the story of Huey, a stick boy who is born a little different than everyone else in the town. He doesn't let his differences keep him down. Huey finds a friend who is also a little different and together they find the magic at the end of the rainbow, and discover that their differences are really only skin deep.

A line or two: 

Warmth came into the villagers' hearts and their colors were faded no longer. The rainbow reached down into Chromaville to bring back their happiness and vibrant colors.

My Thoughts:

This was certainly a well thought out book and had a wonderful message. Huey, a stick boy is the only of his kind - he's made up of all sorts of colours from the rainbow. It was clever how the artist illustrated this with little pieces of fibre. He brings all sorts of magic to the world, even though everyone thinks he is strange at first.

Unfortunately, I felt the book could have been a little more engaging. The writing feels a little stiff compared to other picture books I've read lately. I know the books my daughter loves best are those with words that flow right off the page. Either rhyming or sing-song-y. So I wish it were written just a little differently. I know this book is meant for kids a bit older but a book can always use that little magic to hold a child's attention.

Overall, a book with a good message and we can always use more of those!

A note: This is available on the Kindle but will probably be more appealing to those with a Kindle Fire. The colours were a bit hard to discern with a black and white ereader.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

You can purchase The Rainbow Stick Boy in paperback and kindle formats from Amazon.com.

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