Picture Book Review: The Bramble by Lee Nordling and Bruce Zick (Illustrator)

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The Bramble by Lee Nordling and Bruce Zick (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5-9

Picture Book: 32 pages

Publisher:
Carolrhoda Books (September 1, 2013)

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book

In this beautifully illustrated and mostly wordless book, Cameron isn’t
small, but he’s not exactly big. He’s not slow, but he’s also not quick.
He wants friends, but it never quite seems to work out. And in a game
of tag, he’s going to end up “it.” Or at least that’s how things are
on this side of the Bramble. On the other side, it’s a different story.
On the other side of the Bramble, something extraordinary can happen,
something that changes everything. 

About the Author

Lee Nordling is a writer, editor, and creative director, who worked on staff at Disney Publishing, DC Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine. He was lead writer for Disney’s Aladdin, published by Marvel Comics, and is the author of Your Career in the Comics. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Cheri, and a menagerie of pets.
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About the Illustrator

Bruce Zick has worked as a concept artist for Pixar, Dreamworks, Disney, and Blue Sky on such films as Hercules, Tarzan, Rapunzel, Tinkerbell, Prince of Egypt, Finding Nemo, W.A.L.L.-E, and The Leaf Men. He is also the writer and artist of The Anubis Tapestry. He lives in Oregon with his wife, Anja, and their daughter, Isabella.
Website

About the Publisher

Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, creates high-quality fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Founded in 1959, Lerner Publishing Group is one of the nation’s largest independent children’s book publishers and currently has thirteen imprints and divisions. For more information, visit www.lernerbooks.com or call 800-328-4929.

My Thoughts:

This is an almost wordless picture book and kind of a graphic novel at
the same time.  It’s about a boy learning to overcome his fears and insecurities.  I read this with my kids and they really enjoyed the
story and the illustrations.  I loved the artwork, and even though the
story was just so-so for me, the main weight of the book lies with the
art. So I gave it a nice, solid 4 stars.

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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