The Wonderful Things (Richard N. Andrew)

Hello, friends! Our book today is The Wonderful Things, written by Richard N. Andrew and illustrated by Mona Spencer, a simple fable about appreciating the important things in life.

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived in a castle. Her father, the King, tells her that she can have anything she wants, so she asks for pretty dresses, fancy necklaces, and other lovely things. As she plays with all her treasures, an evil witch spies her from a tower, and is envious of her riches. So the witch casts a spell to steal everything that the little girl possesses. The girl is sad, and her father expresses regret that he cannot undo the spell. Still, the little girl smiles and assures him: the truly wonderful things in life are their family and the love they share.

A bit short, but still sweet. Frankly, this indie title lacks a great deal of polish – the story is pretty formulaic and a bit too abrupt to make a lasting impact, and the overly-simplistic, flat graphics are nothing to write home about. Still, the story is a classic one that, even without much flair, has a lesson that is always worth reiterating. The all-black cast gives a nice touch of diversity, and the length is short enough for a quick read. Certainly worth a look, and Baby Bookworm approved.

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the author in exchange for an honest review.)

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