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In droving days my work earned praise Twixt cart and caravan and carouse Now, popular as ever, I'm still snapping at the heels of cows. (Harri Webb, "Who's little doggie are you?" on the Welsh Corgi)
This book is a window on a whole world. The drawings, their detail, the motion in them are so evocative, your stomach moves with every drop, and the wind of a flapping wing ruffles your hair. Just wonderful.
The story is told without dialogue, to encourage children to make up their own. I did too, but on the second viewing- the first time the pictures carried me without my help. I heartily recommend this wonderful new classic.
This is a different kind of book. If you want a kids book that you don't see on everyone else's shelves and is unique this is amazing.
Because it has no words my niece would make a new story with it for a long time, until she got old enough to remember what she said last time. It also really worked out well for her parents so they could always have a new story they could make up to keep their sanity.
The artwork is well done and detailed. Does get slightly darker in tone but again without context of words it is up to you to determine what is happening in the scene but it isn't like it is akin to the Dark Tower or anything.
I love this series. It's an enchanting graphic novel told simply with pictures, and entertaining for any age. The illustrations are classic and endearing. It would be fantastic for a parent encouraging a little one to "read" a book by describing the actions taking place in the drawings or for a lover of the corgi breed or someone who wants a smile. Gentle series you'll love.
Our granddaughter loves this book! Even though this book doesn't have any words in it, and she is 6 years old and can read well, she devours this book over and over again. The illustrations and story line are great. Each time we see her she asks when we are going to get her Vol. 2. I'm sure it will be arriving at her home sometime in the near future. :)
The illustrations are beautiful and how can you not love a girl and her dog? My children can't read yet, but they can read the facial expressions and every part of this story just by looking at the pictures. It is good for them to practice this important skill. In this story, Ivy is chased by Monsters, but her dog protects her and she fights back. There is a fun surprise at the end. I recommend this book very highly! It's one of my child's favorites.
I bought this book as a christmas gift for my 2.5 year old based on the reviews on Amazon. Everything I read made me feel like this was the book to buy for her. "appropriate for all ages", "a story of a girl and her dog", etc. What wasn't said was that there are a significant number of scary drawings of monsters. Especially the last page. It's downright frightening. I read the book with her for the first time, and am now afraid that she's going to wake up with nightmares tonight. She was not a fan. I'd say, this is probably more appropriate for a bit older child. My daughter is a very mature 2.5 year old who LOVES the Weisner books (Flotsam, Tuesday, Mr. Wuffles and the Three Pigs). I thought that a wordless graphic novel would be a nice addition to her love for picture books. Unfortunately this is not the one.
On the other hand, it was a cute story with a very cute fantasy world. I liked it ;)
The Korgi series is a very different type of graphic novel. These are picture books that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. I was first exposed to these as a Korgi short story was included in one of the comic books given away at Free Comic Book day (held at participating stores on the first Saturday of May). The artwork is adorable. I bought the entire series for my mother who collects Pembroke Welsh Corgi items.
Korgi is a graphic novel in the truest sense: it's all graphic. There's not a single word of dialog. Christian Slade's artwork is absolutely gorgeous (it's obvious that he has Corgis himself, because he captures them perfectly). This book is appropriate for all ages. Personally, I find it a little difficult to get involved in a story when it has no words, but as long as you're expecting a purely visual experience, I recommend this book.