Monday, November 9, 2009

The Mitten by Jan Brett (review)

Title: The Mitten
Author: Jan Brett
Illustrator: Jan Brett
Pages: 32
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0-399-21920-X
Cost: $16.95

Jan Brett is an awesome artist. It's as simple as that.

Not only does she craft a story that is interesting for children, she makes the story interesting for adults. This particular story is about a girl who loses her mitten in the snow. It quickly becomes the hiding place for the animals in the woods. After the animals leave the mitten behind, the girl discovers a slightly stretched out mitten left behind.

Brett also entertains the reader with stunning artwork. While it appears only slightly realistic on the surface, when you delve into the details of each page, you find yourself lost in the images. In fact in many of Brett's books, you can read the story, then go back and read the artwork. Each tells a story that compliments the other.

And if you are lucky enough to be in the area of Fredericksburg, VA, you can have a chance to meet Jan Brett herself at Jabberwocky from 5 to 7 pm on Tuesday November 10th (tomorrow).


1979 semi-finalist said...

I LOVED this book when I was a kid. Awesome pick Neil. It's such a simple but clever concept.

TK42ONE said...

I think it's one of Brett's better books, but her artwork is so compelling it's hard to find a bad one.