Monday, December 11, 2017

SNOW & ROSE by Emily Winfield Martin / Book Review #SnowandRose

Written and Illustrated by: Emily Winfield Martin
Published by: Random House
Released on: October 10th, 2017
Ages: 8 & up
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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Rating: 5 owlets 
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

Snow and Rose didn't know they were in a fairy tale. People never do....

Once, they lived in a big house with spectacular gardens and an army of servants.

Once, they had a father and mother who loved them more than the sun and moon.

But that was before their father disappeared into the woods and their mother disappeared into sorrow.

This is the story of two sisters and the enchanted woods that have been waiting for them to break a set of terrible spells.

Bestselling author-illustrator Emily Winfield Martin has created a world that sits on the border of enchantment, with characters who are grounded in real emotions that readers will recognize in themselves.

A fantastic mix of two of my favorite things; a wonderful fairytale retelling and it's written by Emily Winfield Martin. I have long been a fan of Martin's artwork, which is featured through out the book. Martin's Snow & Rose was just as I had suspected it would be; whimsical, magical, and enchanting. 

Rose and Snow couldn't be more different from each other, yet the bond these two sisters have is an unbreakable one. Their differences are what make each of them who they are. I loved that they're written in a manner that makes it incredibly easy for readers to identify with them in some way. Rose was someone I easily related to, especially when it came to being fiercely protective of her younger sister. One of the things I love about their relationship, is that no matter what they go through, they're in it together. They work through their problems, and the dangers that face them for wandering off the path in the woods. Together, they overcome a lot in this book. This ultimately makes them that much stronger both individually as well as strengths their bond even more so. I loved these two sisters and rooted for them the entire journey.

I felt like I was reading a story that was very close to the origin of the original fairy tale, but given a perfect Emily Martin twist. With it's fitting twists, and the kind of characteristics I've come to except in Martin's artwork, effortlessly brought this story to life. This is a story that is rich in detail. When it comes to the setting, characters, and lore, everything was easy to visualize. It was incredibly easy to imagine how the woods, the cottage they surround, and the various characters in this book all look like. 

I absolutely loved this book. Snow & Rose is a book that's written so that both it's intended audience and older readers will enjoy it. I'm hoping that Martin will write more fairytale retellings. This story felt like it was natural for her to do. If you haven't already, check out her online artwork store. Her artwork is just as mesmerizing as her writing is. The illustrations in this book were a perfect fit to a story I highly recommend picking up! 

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~