Thursday, July 19, 2012
Happiness is...a good book (Summer Reading edition #19)
Author and Illustrator: Elisha Cooper
Age Range: 2-6
Genre: Picture Book/Fiction
Cover Score: ***
Overall Score: ****
First Sentence: Homer sits on the porch.
Homer is a loyal dog, the canine patriarch who sits patiently on the porch all day while his owners and various other characters come and go off to the beach, the field, the market, and the water. And he's there to welcome them all when they return home again. As night falls he moves indoors and gets cozy in a big blue chair to keep watch again as everyone sleeps.
There’s not much more to the story than that. It's serene and simple and shows the love and loyalty of many of our animal friends.
Cooper has a way of successfully capturing the grand scope and importance of the usually mundane. His other books include quiet accolades to farm life, the beach, county fairs, and even construction sites. His soft watercolor and pencil illustrations rendered in pastel hues lend a peaceful air to the scenes and breathe comfort and familiarity from the pages. These are books that will invite solemn rereads and contemplative poring over each and every spread. Highly recommended.