Ember and the Island of Lost Creatures

HarperAlley. Jun. 2023. 288p. pap. $15.99. ISBN 9780063065208.
Gr 4 Up–A tiny boy named Ember lives alone in a city of giants, where he tries and fails to make friends. One day he meets a sea turtle named Lua, who offers to take him across the ocean to a very special school for creatures his size. When Ember arrives at the island, he is amazed by all of his fellow classmates, even though they’re not impressed by him. The students gradually learn to understand the unusual island residents, but first they must be brave enough to take some risks and let their defenses down. The colorful illustrations in this story are magical, ethereal, luminous, and even cinematic. Readers will be fascinated by the story overall, but Pamment’s artwork makes this book a truly immersive experience.
VERDICT For readers who are ready for a breathtaking, emotional, and heartfelt adventure.

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