Picture Book Review of Charlotte, Wander On


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
ever-hungry beasts.

My Thoughts:

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.


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    Adriana Garcia
    October 11, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    The artwork is gorgeous!
    I've found some rhyming books aren't so… rhyme-y so it's great that wasn't the case here.
    Maybe the book would be good for older kids to read or be read to like 8-9 year olds. They are at that age that I don't think they would mind reading a picture book.

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    Tressa S
    October 11, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I just love the pictures for this book!!! Gosh they're amazing and unique! Too bad the story was deeper than maybe age appropriate. Thanks for sharing!

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