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Selfie Sweepstakes reviews: The Legend of Dust Bunnies

[As an experiment last fall, I invited self-publishers to submit their best new titles for review. About a dozen heeded the call, and I am reviewing their books in this space.]

DustBunniesThe Legend of Dust Bunnies: A Fairy’s Tale; written byMichelle R. Eastman; illustrated by Kevin Richter. Byway Press, 2014. 40pp. ISBN 978-0-9916244-8-5. Paper ed. 14.95.

This origin tale of dust bunnies posits that they are comfort objects for fairies, created by one lonely dust fairy boy who needed a friend. “To this very day, / all fairies have one, / a lovely Dust Bunny, / to join in their fun.” While the premise has possibilities, the verse that tells the story is unevenly metered and rhymed (and sometimes ungrammatical) and the quatrains don’t always serve to move the story forward. Full-page Photoshoppy illustrations have a lot going on, but while the scenes of neon-winged fairies buzzing about the house will have intrinsic appeal for some children, the composition is amateurish and the coloring lurid. R.S.

 

[This review may be distributed freely and excerpted fairly; credit to “Read Roger, The Horn Book Inc., www.hbook.com.]

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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