MÄKO by Julien Béziat


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Age Range: 4 - 7
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A walrus’ artistic prowess brings more than just visual rewards to his hungry neighbors.

Mäko inhabits a world of ice floes and deep, cold water. He dives for fish, the inspiration for sculptures he creates with his tusks. Other walruses, seals and penguins then use these statues as their guides when finding fish. Then, suddenly and without warning, the ice floe collapses and with it the culinary map. The other animals, now hungry, discover a newfound respect for Mäko, whom they previously thought somewhat odd. That night, he sets to work on a collection of ice blocks, and the result is quite dramatic, bordering on biblical proportions. In his debut picture book, Béziat, a French author and artist, has created a stark world of white ice and blue water, with animals defined through fine, black, line drawings. His tale, written in short declarative sentences, is open to interpretation. Adult readers may ponder the power of artistic vision, but children are likely to just see a pretty amazing character. Unfortunately, the staccato text feels at odds with the lofty theme.

Art as the ultimate sustainer of life—food for thought, albeit puzzling. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: May 31st, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-554455-275-7
Page count: 36pp
Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2013


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