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REVIEW: Sara Snapper & the Magic Camera by Mario Valbuena

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Title: Sara Snapper & the Magic Camera

Author: Mario Valbuena | Illustrator: Natalie Louis

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing | Published: June 11, 2014

Theme:  Classical Art

Character Origin: Animal 

Book Type: Picture Book  | Pages: 40

Ages: 6-8 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Book Synopsis…

Sara Snapper & the Magic Camera is an educational tale of a colorless fish that learns to appreciate the value of color with a magic camera she discovers. The story takes place in various museums across the world and introduces the artwork of famous artists to children of all ages.

My overall thoughts…

This was a lovely book introducing young readers to fine art. Kids will be drawn in immediately by the beautiful display of colors and characters. I can see this as a companion to an art class, particularly for homeschooling parents but traditional schools will enjoy it too. The way the story unfolds for Sara is quite memorable, and I enjoyed the journey. Valbuena does an excellent job of telling such a colorful story. It is whimsical and full of magic. I’m sure your kids will enjoy it.

The illustrations and text…

Louis’ illustrations were stunning and visually captivating. The color palette was vibrant and brought the characters to life. Louis’ outlining adds detail to the already beautiful imagery. This technique is reminiscent of how I used to outline in my coloring books. The reproductions of the original artist’s work deserve an honorable mention as they were drawn exquisitely. The size of the font is appropriate for a young reader, and the font type has an excellent childlike quality to it. The text has a nice flow, and the story is easy to follow. 

I’ll give it…

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