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Posted July 2, 2013
The dedication pages of children's books don't usually make me c
The dedication pages of children's books don't usually make me cry. This one did. This book is a celebration of everything wonderful about the USA: The history, the culture, the sports, the places, the sights, the food, the art, the people, and sometimes the sacrifices. The text for each two-page spread is simple and direct, and includes a continuing puzzle in rhyme. I don't want to diminish the writing, which is very good, but the artwork in this book (as in all Michael Garland books) is the star.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Every time I open a new Michael Garland book, I am staggered by the range of his work. This, again, is true for all of his books, but most especially this one. The artwork ranges from photo-realism, to exaggerated cartoons, all within the same illustration. For a lesser skilled artist, this mixture of different genres might seem jarring. Not so here. Here that mixture works beautifully. I think because of the joy and humor that marks the overall style of Michael Garland's artwork.