REVIEW: Read Island by Nicole Magistro, illustrated by Alice Feagan
Join a very brave girl and her furry friends on an adventure to Read Island! Through the power of imagination and the pleasure of reading, this curious trio set sail for a magical island made of books. On their way they discover a joyful collection of animals converging by sea and land, just in time for an unforgettable story hour.
A rhyming celebration of nature, books and the importance of stories, Read Island invites you to experience the diversity and wonder of a hidden and wild place. In the company of sea wolves, humpback whales and spirit bears, readers will discover simple meditations that summon a magical destination – one filled with beloved friends, safe spaces and stories to be revisited again and again.
“For make-believe though it may look,
There is an island made of books.
This world of stories, safe and true,
Is always here to welcome you.”
As a child who took joy in reading, this book would have been my jam. An island made of books where reading is celebrated and animals of all kinds race to hear a story would have sounded divine. The illustrations are fantastic and easily convey an eagle soaring overhead, fair winds blowing book page sails, and the many worlds into which books can take an eager reader. As a means to gently coax new readers into our book world, I think this is delightful. As a book that would be read over and over … honestly I’m not so sure. It’s not really a story so once the message has been read and the pictures perused, it would probably be put aside for other books. B-