Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Review for The Secret Kingdom by Michele and Richard Bledsoe

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso. Take a journey through the imagination of artist Michele Bledsoe. The Secret Kingdom is a collection of paintings and poetry celebrating the world of dreams.

  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478703628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478703624

  • About the Author

    Michele Bledsoe has been exhibiting her paintings and drawings in art galleries for almost 20 years. Inspired by the beautifully illustrated children's books she grew up with, Michele started creating art when she was a child - and never stopped. With The Secret Kingdom, Michele Bledsoe hopes to inspire a new generation of artists to share her lifetime love of creating pictures. Art is for everyone, and The Secret Kingdom is a place that welcomes children of all ages.
    The Secret Kingdom is a children's poetry book celebrating the world of dreams. The poems are whimsical as they flow through Earth, animals, and fancy. The artist inside of the reader will appreciate the illustrations as they wind along with the text. As far as a bedtime story for children-not recommendable. Imagination fills every crevice of this book, and for older children who can separate the difference between fantasy and realism, it will be perfect. But for younger children, the illustrations will be scary or even terrifying. Faces and heads without bodies, and other references match with the text but not in the way one would think. This might confuse younger children and before going to bed might give them nightmares instead of peaceful dreams. Though the poems are not scary at all it is the images of the illustrations that will do it. Tweens through to adults who love art will appreciate the message the poems and illustrations imply.   

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