Review: Rosie the Raven by Helga Bansch

Rosie the Raven by Helga Bansch

Notes: ARC received from NetGalley.
Release Date: March 22nd, 2016
Children's, Social Issues, Animals
Print (32 pages, ANNICK PRESS)
There’s something very different going on in the raven’s nest.
When the eggs hatch, a pink girl emerges from one of the shells, along with her black raven siblings. Loving raven parents take their little Rosie just the way she is.
In the beginning, Rosie tries to do everything her siblings do. She opens her mouth to receive worms from her parents, tries to caw until she is hoarse, and wildly flaps her arms in an attempt to fly. The neighbors offer encouragement. “Rub it with birch leaves. That will make its feathers grow!”
Rosie finally realizes she is different. Maybe she can’t caw or fly, but a world of discovery awaits her nonetheless.
Helga Bansch’s exquisite artwork of collages and colored images, including comic-style panels, bring humor, mood, and emotion to Rosie’s story. The reader is drawn to Rosie from the instant she pushes herself from the egg, smiling and happy to greet her family, oblivious to her differences.
 (5-8 years)

Delightfully illustrated! (4 stars)

I wish my daughter and I had enjoyed this one more. The story was weird and normally we both like weird. It just didn't work well for us. That said, I loved its concept, the execution was just lost it on a 6 year old. Not loving the execution of the story aside, Bransch's illustrations were marvelous. The color choices were unexpected and truly beautiful in their roughness.

It might be a better choice for children closer to 8 years of age when the desire to fit in starts becoming more prevalent in children. We didn't love it but it was certainly likable, maybe a good choice to borrow from the library or donate to your school's counseling program.

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