Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia O’Hara, Lauren O’Hara

Hortense and the Shadow Book Cover

Hortense and the Shadow
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Natalia O'Hara, Lauren O'Hara
Children
Penguin Random House UK Children’s Puffin
05 Oct 2017
36
9780141374024
20
Lauren and Natalia O'Hara are two sisters from the north of England. In the daytime, they edit scripts and design sets, and at night they draw and write together. As children they loved fairy tales, animal fables and the stories their Polish grandmother told on snowy nights.
https://www.penguin.co.uk/puffin/
£10.99 (GBP)
5
NetGalley
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Synopsis:

"Through the dark and wolfish woods, through the white and silent snow, lived a small girl called Hortense. Though kind and brave, she was sad as an owl because of one thing . . . Hortense hated her shadow." A beautifully illustrated dark fairy tale that will remind you of the fables you read as a child. A treasure not to be missed.

Hortense hated her shadow. Everywhere she went, it went. Everything she did, it did. And every time night fell it grew, tall and dark and crooked.

So Hortense decided: the shadow must go! Only later, alone in the wolfish woods, she learned that a girl without a shadow is far smaller... a fairy tale about light and shadows. 

Lauren and Natalia O'Hara are two sisters from the north of England. In the daytime, they edit scripts and design sets, and at night they draw and write together. As children they loved fairy tales, animal fables and the stories their Polish grandmother told on snowy nights. This is their first picture book.

Sometimes you’ll get little gems. Little surprises which makes you feel warm inside.

Hortense and the Shadow is one of those gems! Not something I’d pick up easily simply because it is a picture book for children. But Hortense and the Shadow is more, it’s a fairy tale about things you do not like which turn out to be good. And, let’s be honest, who doesn’t like fairy tales?

The watercolor drawings are lovely, there’s things to discover in each drawing and the style is persistence.

Bravo to the authors and the publisher for bringing this to the world!

 

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