Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Tua and the Elephant
Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
April 18, 2012 | $16.99
This sweet book takes place in Chang Mai, Thailand. Since I lived in Thailand for 2 years, I was interested in how it would be portrayed. Since reading this book, I've already ordered two more copies to give as gifts. Meant for middle-grade readers (age 8-12), it also makes a fantastic read aloud for any child, and I think the reader will enjoy it as much as the listener will.
Chronicle Books is known for producing beautiful books and this is no exception. Physically, it's gorgeous. It's a small trim-size with bright orange, Thai-silk print inspired end papers and a purple binding with the same little purple elephant which also begins each chapter. There are three-color (white, purple and a rich yellow) full-page plates throughout the book, and the type, set on heavy bright-white paper is also a shade of purple. Some of the fun of reading the book is holding it in your hand; it's that well-made and beautiful. The artwork by Yoo, done in charcoal and linoleum block print are fanciful and fun while also bringing some of the action of the book to life.