Atlas of Imaginary Places

tr. from Spanish by Paul Kelly. illus. by Ana de Lima. 40p. Prestel. May 2018. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9783791373478.
Gr 1–3—In this European import, readers are invited to join the author and illustrator on a journey to place where the "real is unreal and everything is upside down." Each oversize spread offers a large, fantastical illustration of a different enchanted locale, accompanied by a paragraph that describes the make-believe world and its denizens, from "the most beautiful of lady giants" with flowing red locks to animals "that change their coats when someone sneezes." The islands surrounding this continent, including a village that rests atop a sleeping whale and those that resemble sweets, proffer flights of the imagination. It's a "Labyrinth of Dreams" that grants those who make it to the summit the possibility of wishes. The detailed line drawings feature a predominately pastel palette with an abundance of sea blues, earthy greens, and bubble-gum pink (a volcano erupts just that), while the endpapers map this surreal setting.
VERDICT While an additional purchase for most, this somewhat wistful book could serve as a prompt for imaginative drawing or writing.

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