Title: Ernest and CelestineErnest and Celestine
Author: Gabrielle Vincent
Pages: 25
Reading Level: Read Aloud
Star Rating: ★★★

Ernest and Celestine are going for a walk. Ernest grabs the keys, Celestine grabs her stuffed animal, Gideon, and off they go into the maze of ice and snow. But when they return home, Celestine discovers that she dropped Gideon during their walk.

Will she ever recover from her loss?

Discussion.

I’ve read gobs and gobs of picture books. As in gobs and gobs. They come in all shapes and sizes, topics, rhyming schemes, and color palettes. This one was different in one respect from every other picture book I’ve read in that it had no descriptive sentences – it only consists of dialogue.

While this story itself wasn’t particularly compelling, I thought the idea of a dialogue-driven picture book was really interesting. Not only does it force children to make their own observations of the scene at hand, but it may also prepare them for the play form.

The illustrations were cute, sketchy, and grey-based.

Conclusion. Not overly impressive, but sweet.

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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