Saturday, September 8, 2018

Christopher Robin: A Boy, A Bear, A Balloon by Brittany Rubiano

Christopher Robin Returns to the Hundred-Acre Wood

For those who love Winnie the Pooh, this retelling of the Disney Movie, Christopher Robin, will not disappoint you. Those new to this gang of friends in Hundred-Acre-Wood should equally love this story. There is a short introduction that lets the reader know that Christopher Robin once spent hours in the Hundred-Acre-Wood having tea parties, adventures, and games with his friends. But time has passed and he is now returning as a grown man.

Winnie the Pooh soon discovers that Christopher isn't the same fun-loving boy that he once was. Christopher has grown into a man, a man who sees the world as serious and no-nonsense. The briefcase he clutches speaks for itself. 
When Christopher Robin's briefcase of important things flies open and sheets float through the air, he is quite upset. Pooh, who knows how important a balloon can be, offers Christopher his balloon, hoping it will cheer him up. 
There's more to life than balloons and honey!" he yelled. "I'm not a child. I'm an adult now!"
Pooh reminds him that he's Christopher Robin, but Pooh is reminded that the man is not the boy he used to be.

 As Christopher scurries around searching for his precious papers, he becomes aware that he is now alone in the Hundred-Acre Wood. Pooh has disappeared.

One by one, Christopher runs into some of his friends: Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, Owl, etc. Will they all be disappointed in the "new" Christopher? And what happened to Pooh?

The illustrations by Mike Wall are soft and muted.

My Thoughts:

What Concerned Me: While any review is totally subjective, I wasn't a fan of the illustrations of Christopher Robin.

What I Liked Most:  I liked the fact that the reader didn't have to be familiar with the cast of characters for the book to be meaningful, and I liked the subtle message.

Author: Brittany Rubiano
Illustrator: Mike Wall
Publisher: Disney Press (July 2018)

Ages: 6 - 8 (per publisher)
Pages: 40

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