*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Author: Ani Castillo
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 21, 2021
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Beginning with the birth of a baby, the story takes the reader on a journey through life, navigates the ups and downs, and culminates in a deeply satisfying sense of the wonder and awe in being human.
Right off the bat, this beautifully illustrated children’s book was a big hit in my household. The innocent, wide-eyed child graphic on the front cover had Little Worn Pages breaking into a huge grin and yanking the book towards him for many open-mouthed kisses. Alright, this one’s a keeper! Review done. Haha, not quite yet!
Spark is an easy-to-read story about life, beginning at birth, and moving through life to explore what it means to be alive and to be human. Each soul in this book is a touching rendering of human life and what it means to embrace all that life has to offer, from living in the now to holding hope for the future. It’s incredibly remiscient of the new Pixar movie, Soul–both in content and illustrative style. It brings a very hopeful message of community, love, joy, and gratitude. Spark introduces young readers to the ultimate gift that we all share: the gift of life. The message is clear. There is so much potential in this gift of life. There is the potential to love , experience, explore, create, and dream.
A stunning book with a powerful message, Spark packs a punch in the children’s lit department. This is going to be a bedtime favourite in our household, for both mum and little reader!