Written and illustrated by Chloe Bonfield
Running Press Kids
I found this to be a very beautiful, sweet story about a young boy’s quest to find the perfect tree – though a bit sinister, a bit macabre, in the atmospheric-sense, which of course I liked.
Chloe Bonfield enjoys silhouettes, and she employs them to great effect. The quest seemed epic indeed, and with each tree I felt I was being led to a different planet, a completely different environment.
The text makes it quite clear that Jack is not interested in hugging any trees. He has one mission and one mission only: to chop.
A perfect tree to hack! A perfect tree to stack.
But as he goes from to the next, he comes to realize that there are a great many other uses for trees. Trees can be used as shelters, as homes, as storehouses for the winter, as each forest creature he comes across explains and demonstrates until finally he declares:
“Every tree in the forest is perfect!”
The illustrations really transport the take elsewhere. Chloe is an illustrator and animator living in London, and this is her first picture book, published by Running Press right here in Philadelphia. Knowing now that she’s an animator makes sense… I can easily imagine that silhouette scaling that textured and multi-layered mountain.
You can find The Perfect Tree here.
Book review contributed by Picture Books Review. This book reviewer focuses on picture books for all ages, although usually children’s books. There’s always lots of illustrations to look at on this website.
Atlantis is an idyllic paradise where citizens are meant to live in alignment with nature and reach their highest potential. For thousands of years, they have powered their cities with a Crystal Grid fed by psychic mindlight. But the Grid has been infiltrated by parasitic shadows that feed off the negative emotions of humans–an epidemic called “the madness.”
D’Vinid, a dejected musician, is consumed by his personal problems. But when he meets Brigitte, who has arrived in Atlantis from the dreamclans, a chain of events is set in motion, showing D’Vinid he has an important role to play. He is among those born with a gene, that can unlock the mystical powers once believed to be the birthright of all humans. Soon he is faced with his own awakening, and the shocking realization that Atlantis could be experiencing the end of its days.