Top positive review
Great book, but mature readers may appreciate more than the little ones
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2014
I ordered this book on the recommendation of a book blog, which hailed it as one of the best new picture books, so I had high expectations. I was mostly not disappointed: the illustrations are indeed beautiful, the idea to reverse the imaginary friend/child dynamic is quite interesting, and the girl's drawings mirroring the illustrations of the book introduces an almost philosophical quality to this rather simple child's book: what comes first, ideas or things/beings.
But therein may lie a caveat of this book: it feels almost like a picture book meant for adults who want to reflect about childhood, rather than for children. Another reviewer complained that it didn't hold her child's attention, I think that may be true for many children because without noticing or understanding all the subtle connections between the imaginary world and the real one, the book can seem rather boring and slow. Surprisingly, my 8-year-old picked up on most of them herself, some children may delight in those discoveries with adults' help, yet others may be too young to appreciate them. Thus the 4 stars: I think this book will either be a quiet hit, or a disappointment due to the lack of an exciting storyline.