Using an interesting mixture of pen and ink, gouache, and collage, Riddle mixes reality and make-believe into an interesting metaphorical tale of change, belief, difference.
While it's a good story to read, it's importance to the grown-up will be found in it's discussion. It is easy to pick from it lessons in ridicule and difference, never forgetting, nature and ecology, and how the illustrations are rendered.
Overall it's a worthwhile book, but won't be to everyone's taste.
Read aloud: 3+
Read yourself: 6+
Author's discussion (pdf) http://www.tohby.com/Images/Notes_on_...
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