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When Penelope the Fox drops her heart into the sea, she goes on a magical adventure to attempt to retrieve it. Filled with Brazilian-born artist Thereza Rowe’s exciting illustrations, HEARTS is an imaginatively thrilling book for brand-new readers. The art is so nicely paired with the sparse text that it speeds the storytelling along. Sound effects, symbols, and more are used to create a tale that children will love to read (and parents might truly enjoy acting out). The visuals seem to be inspired by hieroglyphics and cave paintings, in a way, which generates a fun, exciting look. The book is weird, but in the best possible, offbeat way.

The end of the book features a helpful guide for parents and teachers: How to Read Comics with Kids spotlights several helpful tips to allow kids to develop their own love for reading. 

Reviewed by John Hogan on January 8, 2014

by Thereza Rowe

  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Toon Books
  • ISBN-10: 1935179594
  • ISBN-13: 9781935179597