Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Review of 'Hortense and the Shadow'



"Through the dark and wolfish woods,
through the white and silent snow,
lived a small girl called Hortense.
Though kind and brave, she was sad as an owl because of one thing . . .
Hortense hated her shadow."

A beautifully illustrated dark fairy tale that will remind you of the fables you read as a child. A treasure not to be missed.


My review of Hortense and the Shadow

What a deliciously dark story! I absolutely love the illustrations, which all add to the slightly creepy effect. This has a classic fairytale feel about it. I loved it! Not sure that it's quite appropriate to read to my toddler yet without scaring him to death, but as a teacher I can really see the books used in primary schools. The book is perfectly aimed for 5-7 year old's but I can see older children unpicking the text in a school setting. There is enough depth to the story and imagination to provoke questions and explore further. Children are fascinated by their shadows and this story has a dark vibe which will definitely appeal to older children. 

Fab book. I'd love to see the paperback version as you don't get the full effect with the Ebook so I will look out for its release. Overall, a dark and twisted read that older children will love!

Pre-order the book here: http://amzn.eu/hu2JFiA  

About the author:

Natalia O'Hara is a script editor and Lauren O'Hara is a set designer. As children, Natalia and Lauren shared stories and planned that when they grew up, Natalia would write books and Lauren would draw pictures. Hortense and the Shadow is the sisters' debut collaboration. They live in London, England, and invite you to visit them at nataliaandlauren.com.

 Natalia O’Hara (Author)
Natalia and Lauren are two sisters from the North of England. In the daytime they edit scripts and design sets, and at night they draw and write together. As children they loved fairytales, animal fables and the stories their Polish grandmother told on snowy nights. Hortense and the Shadow is their first picture book.

Lauren O'Hara (Illustrator)
Natalia and Lauren are two sisters from the North of England. In the daytime they edit scripts and design sets, and at night they draw and write together. As children they loved fairytales, animal fables and the stories their Polish grandmother told on snowy nights. Hortense and the Shadow is their first picture book.

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