Cleo ( Ages 4 to 7)
By : Sassafras De Bruyn
Publisher : Clavis Books ( May 2016)
An imaginary magical adventure of a little girl named Cleo and her pet cat Amadeus. Lyrically written with amazing illustrations!! She takes us far away into the deep sea where we could see beautiful sky cities with roaming dragons, At night she sails through magical sea woods from where she may pluck stars, for good luck she says. And then with a boy she met in the sea woods she sails to the mermaid caves, where they dance until their feet ache. They battle fierce storms and sea monsters and tame them with her beautiful tales. They climb up into the sky, dance in the sun and sing all their favorite songs.Illustrated by Belgian artist Sassafras de Bruyn, Cleo is her debut book.
This is the dream world of a little girl who is expected to follow the rules of the grown-ups around her, She has to always hurry she says " Cleo quick the bus is waiting! / Tidy your room" She has to " count,write,run, play,go to the bathroom,sleep and above all listen everyday "
She wants to be free to wander around, to uncover the mysteries of the world around her and to be brave, The dream of every little child -to be free- is presented to them through a vibrant and colorful adventure. The absolutely beautiful and elegant artwork of the book would be a treat for young readers while they share little Cleo`s dreams.
( With many thanks to Clavis Books and Net Galley for the ARC )