THE CANDLESTICK by Jason: Illustrated by Bobbi Switzer Akley

THE CANDLESTICK

Age Range: 5 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A young girl’s dream takes her on a fantastical adventure.

In what is ostensibly verse, Akley tells of a little girl who has a dream–or perhaps a metaphorical adventure or spiritual awakening–about a gold candlestick. Determined to find the meaning behind it, she embarks on a quest, along the way meeting various preachy animals in different settings. It’s clear that lessons are supposedly being taught, but what exactly that wisdom entails is lost in text that is awkward, lengthy and clichéd. Presented as prose despite the attempted verse, the story fails to generate interest. The accompanying illustrations are unpleasantly colored and amateurish; faces are distorted, and the pictures often deviate from the text. Readers will sense that the girl achieves her quest but will never understand its purpose. Akley claims the story has a basis in the Book of Revelations, but beyond the word “cross” and the possibility of an ever-present shepherd, no actual meaning–religious or secular–is decipherable.

Gibberish with meritless pictures. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: April 13th, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-4327-0312-9
Program: Kirkus Indie
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