My Island by Stephanie Demasse-Pottier and Seng Soun Ratanavanh is the sort of book that will really capture a kid’s attention if they’re into pictures and images. Since, typically, that’s most children I can definitely see this book being a success to an extent. It’s very pretty and colorful, filled with a multitude of exciting animals and definitely gives you a really good picture into the mind of the young girl telling you about her island. You really get the feeling that this is a place she has created rather than one that actually exists.
I loved the artwork in this book, finding it incredibly well done and exciting to see. Each page was bright and beautiful and I really enjoyed seeing all the pieces of this young girl’s imagination. The only problem with this book is the fact that I don’t quite understand its purpose. Barring showing off that this girl has an imagination and potentially building ideas for a kid, this book really doesn’t teach anything. And while I don’t think that every single book should teach something, I’m always somewhat disappointed in the children’s books that don’t.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.