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Book Title: Pájaro Azul|
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Reader ratings: 6.5
The author of the book: Bob Staake
Edition: Océano Travesía
Date of issue: 2015
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This book is depressing as hell. I am not understanding why it is so praised and lauded.
The pictures are pretty and it is wordless - two things I really love in a book.
But the story? OMG. A boy is a loner and/or ostracized. A little bluebird starts following him and becoming his friend, I guess. But when bullies attack the little boy in the park in order to steal is brand-new toy sailboat, the bird (view spoiler)[gets a stick thrown at him and dies. Then a bunch of brightly colored birds swoop down and carry the boy (who is cradling the dead bird) up, up, up, far into the sky - where he releases the bird and it flies away and disappears. I'm pretty sure this is implying that the dead bird's spirit is going to heaven, but I GUESS you could posit that the bird is magically healed for some reason. (hide spoiler)]
What the fuck!?!?! Why would you want to give this book to children? It's depressing as hell and it also doesn't make any sense. For one thing, throwing a (view spoiler)[stick at a bird would not kill it. A rock, maybe. And these kids are like what? 5? 6? Or what? (hide spoiler)] And if the book IS trying to teach some sort of message, I'm failing to see what it is. The bullies aren't dealt with, the kid's loneliness and pariah-status isn't resolved, he still has zero friends. I don't know what the heck is going on here.
I just found this depressing. I will give this book to some kids and see what their reactions are and then adjust the rating accordingly.
Here's a comic by the author, Bob Staake, that was published in the New York Times Book Review a few years ago:
This should give you an idea of his drawing style and his seeming obsession with birds. o.O
I was not feeling this book.
If you want a wordless, gorgeous picture book for little kids, I highly HIGHLY recommend the wonderful Journey and its sequel Quest by Aaron Becker. Superb! Much better than this Bluebird book.
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Read information about the authorBob Staake has authored and/or illustrated more than forty-two books, including The Red Lemon, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. His work has graced the cover of The New Yorker a dozen times, and his November 17, 2008 Barack Obama victory cover was named Best Magazine Cover of the Year by Time magazine. He lives on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts.
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