Friday, August 31, 2018

Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel

- A Story Of Similarities And Differences 

That Are All Connection -

On the first page spread, there is a white cat on the left side and a black cat on the right.
"Hello Hello"
The next spread shows a black cat, black bear, panda bear, zebra and a three-stripe damselfish.
"Black and White"
 As the book progresses there will be animals with stripes and those with spots. One page will be quiet animals and the other loud.

Toward the end of the story, there are illustrations of the different animals with unique qualities coming together. There is a world to see and know.
"Where to begin? Hello Hello"

The backmatter has several things of interest: The author explains that many of the animals in the book are endangered and what can be done. Then all of the animals that were in the book are printed with names on two double-page spreads. It also lists if they are endangered and to what degree.

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: Because this book differs in many ways from most picture books, it's possible you will have to read it a couple of times to begin to fully appreciate it.

What I Liked Most: Like other books I've reviewed, this is one that can lead to talks about uniqueness, still being one and needing each other, endangered animals, and more.

Wenzel's cut paper, colored pencil, oil pastels, marker, and computer-generated illustrations have managed to bring life and expression to the animals. Their large eyes convey quite a bit.

Author/Illustrator: Brendan Wenzel
Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 2018)



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