Thursday, July 25, 2013

Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda

Huff & PuffHuff & Puff by Claudia Rueda
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story illustrations are great. The watercolors and pen and ink have a lot of character, detail and dynamism. The surprise at the ends makes this fairy tale a little more "kid-friendly" and fun. There are several pages that are full-page color illustrations with the words "Huff & Puff" centered. In the center of the ampersand is a small hole. While this could lend some fun to the design of the book, it does nothing but serve to confuse the reader as to its point. Of the four or five spreads like this, only one works as the page is covered in bricks and the hole shows bricks on the following page so it looks as if the whole page is textured. When you flip the page, however, and the hole looks back to the previous pages, the letters "fing" show through. So over all, the illustrations and text are great, but the design is seriously flawed--taking a good idea and doing nothing with it.

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