Sunday, August 10, 2014

No Such Thing, by Ella Bailey

As with all books from Nobrow and Flying Eye Books, if you like some of them you'll like all of them. They share a particular style that is easy to identify and is consistent throughout most of their catalogue. It's all about the muted retro colours and the general nostalgic appeal of the illustrations. If you love that, you'll likely be eagerly awaiting each new title.

The thing is, I want to love them. Every time I see the cover of one of these books, I have a momentary attraction to it, but I just can't connect with them in the end. I may end up abandoning the imprint altogether, to be honest.

To be fair, if you or your child connects with these pictures and love them, you'll probably love the whole book. My daughter and I just didn't love them quite enough to overcome our ambivalence about the story, which we both found a little hollow.

The premise started out okay, with a little girl looking around for someone to blame every time something went missing, got broken, wasn't put away properly, or got dirty. Clearly it was the cat, her neighbour, another child, etc. At least that's what she thought. Even though there are drawings of tiny ghosts on every page, I kept hoping that the answer would be that the little girl herself was responsible and had just forgotten or else didn't want to admit her mistakes. But no, in the end it's the ghosts. So yeah...

Magda's Take:
So wait, ghosts are real in this book? What? Are you sure she's not just imagining it? Is there another page? Oh.

Mom's Note:
Yeah, we were both left a little empty by this book. It's only okay, as far as we were concerned. Having said that, it IS intended to be a Halloween book, so there's that. And I guess it's nice to have a Halloween book that isn't just orange, black, purple and green with witches and pumpkins everywhere. It's nice to have something a little different. I don't know why Magda and I just didn't respond to it, to be honest.

No Such Thing
by Ella Bailey
Published by Nobrow/Flying Eye Books
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
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