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The Fog

SO MANY GOOD THINGS… an Asian protagonist, friendship, social movement and the environment!! Even my nephew was impressed…

My 10-year old nephew and I read books together every week and he draws a picture from the pages that captures his fancy. As a budding bookworm, artist and a child with an autistic aphasia we bond through stories and art.

31498499The Fog

by Kyo Maclear
Illustrations by Kenard Pak
Published May 16, 2017
by Tundra Books (NY)

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Icyland is a special place that people like to visit and the home of Warble, a small yellow bird who loves to human watch. When a deep fog rolls in and lingers the other birds don’t seem to mind but Warble becomes concerned. It’s not until a Red-hooded Spectacled Female (Juvenile) also notices the fog that Warble decides to do something about the spreading menace.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Boos Art from this Book graphic


Rating art mediumpencil and markers

Orange Yellow Watercolor Ball Line

Not just for bird lovers, but also for cause movers and shakers!

What a gem of a book this turned out to be! I was drawn to the watercolor and ink sketch illustrations right off, and they are beautiful. They carry through the entire book blowing you away. You literally feel like you’ve been to Icyland and experienced the fog with Warble and the Red-hooded Spectacled Female (Juvenile). I loved the fact that this little girl was drawn as an Asian girl! We don’t see that in picture books much… and its so important that we see that more.

“Happy to see a human again, Warble offered insects to eat.

She liked them.”

I enjoyed how this turned out to be such a big story. First Warble makes a human friend and then together they make change. They don’t know how to do it at first and they have to keep trying but slowly they get results. Such a huge lesson for children to learn. It’s so hard to stand alone but if you seek out others who feel the same way as you do then change is possible. There is also a great segue into talking about the environment and seeing others despite their being different from you.

Most surprising was how much my nephew loved this book. Right away it appealed to me visually and later as a message story, but would my little nephew enjoy the watercolor and ink sketches and the foggy subject? Yes! He totally loved the paper boats and the relationship between the bird and the girl. He always picks a spread and draws his own version of it. I felt certain he would pick the insects part because he thought that was so funny but no he chose the big message spread! I was really taken aback but I shouldn’t have been. At the heart of the story is two friends who wanted to fix a problem that the two of them alone couldn’t fix. There’s power in friendship!

I totally can see you buying this for a small child and the story growing with them as they age and understand the world on a deeper level. The messages are powerful and merit purchasing the book so they can be repeated often in the home.

Age Range: 4-8 years

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Can Grow with a Child? Rating Yes!
Message Driven Story? Rating Yes!
Worthy of a Home Library? Rating Yes!
Appropriate for Special Needs? Rating Yes!

Orange Yellow Watercolor Ball Line


2 thoughts on “The Fog”

  1. Oh my god. This is too cute. Such a lovely review. So cool that you integrated your nephew’s thoughts on the book and how he reacted to the art and the message. Picture book reviews are soooo interesting, in my opinion. There’s probably a gazillion of them out there, but I’m so sure there are some that are just pure gems that manage to succeed both visually and message-wise. Great review! 😀

    1. Oh I’m so happy to hear feedback about my picture book reviews! Thank you, thank you! I agree there are sooooo many picture books and many of them don’t need to be in a home library… he really helps me gauge too what works on a kids level compared to something that draws me (the adult) to picking the book. I’ve collected picture books for a while now and make a lot better choices with my nephew helping me.

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