The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling, Timothy Basil Ering
The title is somewhat of a mouthful, but it's perfect really. Every now and then a picture book comes along where the author-illustrator is very justifiably executing both arts. So often I read a book and think, "That was great art but someone else should've written the story," or vice versa. It's a crying shame every time. This is not such a book. This little tale of magical realism is tender and fable-like. The visual representation of music as an attractive force speaks to young and old. It was also very compelling for a book of its kind. I've found it off the shelf again and again since it was absorbed into our family library -- the girls keep coming back for more. The hardback edition features a sturdy statement spine and matte cover. You can officially pick up your own copy from bookstores Tuesday.