Charlotte, Wander On by Matt Cubberly, illustrated by Irina Kovalova
Age Range: 5 and up
Genre: Picture book
Hardcover: 104 pages
Publisher: The WilderWay (2014)
Source: Author for review
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Guided only by a simple book, a young girl braves a world of monsters to save her brother.
Charlotte, Wander On is the simple, yet emotionally-complex story of a
young girl alone in a disastrous world, swarmed with terrifying
creatures. However, while Charlotte is accustomed to living alone, she’s
actually quite unfamiliar with herself. Oddly, her dark and dangerous
world is not what worries her most, but instead her own capabilities, or
lack thereof, become the major source of her apprehension.
Charlotte leaves both the relative safety of a mountain dwelling and the
few other survivors in this world, in search of a hidden answer she’s
sought many times before. The nature and origin of this answer is
initially unknown to us, but as Charlotte nears the end of her travels,
she reveals parts of her past and the true reason she’s willing to risk
the darkness alone.
However, if she intends to make it to
wherever this truth exists, she must first realize who she is – and what
she can do – all while staying mere strides ahead of ever-watchful and
The illustrations in this book are stunning. It’s a visual feast for the senses. I love the artists use of color, texture, and design. The design of the book is also gorgeous. Whoever did the layout did a great job. Visually, this book is incredible.
The story is very deep, especially for a picture book. It’s written in rhyme, and it’s written well. I liked both the story of Charlotte’s journey through a dangerous world and of her self-discovery. The only downside is that I’m not sure kids will understand it. It’s probably too deep for most kids, but they will like the rhythm of the writing and the beautiful pictures.
Source: I received a digital galley of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.