Title: Blow, Wind, Blow!
Author: Dom Conlon
Illustrator: Anastasia Izlesou
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Paperback
Description: Chase Wind through the oceans, fields and mountains as, from zephyr to gale, she carries seeds and stirs seas, enriching the world and breathing life.
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is such a lovely picture book with such evocative words and some of the most wonderful illustrations I’ve ever seen. ‘Blow Wind Blow’ is a lovely paperback book filled with thick matt pages of text and illustrations. The book follows Wind as she causes flowers to sway, birds to fly and ships to sail.
The book is all about the powerful force of wind and shows the different ways in which wind can affect our world. The story shows wind travelling from a patch of grass and flowers, to cities, the oceans and other countries, all while showing just how powerful Wind is as she is able to move windmills, and even a hot air balloon. I really like how interesting this book is. Both the words and the illustrations really make you feel the power of Wind and I love all the different things that happen, especially the animals that are affected by the wind and that hot air balloon. Each double page shows some beautiful illustrations along with the words which have some rhyming and some brilliant repetition in the words ‘Blow, Wind, Blow’. I love how towards the end the words are slightly changed in some scenes to reflect what the wind is doing but still keeping the repetition that children enjoy.
The illustrations are so beautiful and they just make you want to look at them over and over. I really like the style of the pictures, they way the images often look like paintings and I just love how much they evoke the feelings of what is happening in each scene and how most of the double pages have some extra details to spot, making you want to look at the pictures again and again just to spot all the little details. I also love the choices of colours used in the images, they really add to the atmosphere of the story at any moment.
The book has a great ending and I do love where Wind ends up in the end. The different locations Wind goes to and what effect she has on the area are all so interesting and do make you think about this powerful force we usually take for granted. The back of the book has a few facts about wind including a fact about the hot air balloon image which has made me smile! While the book is a great and fun read for children and adults alike, I just feel so compelled to constantly look at all the images and love how simple yet so interesting and fun this book is. It’s definitely a book I’d recommend, even adults will enjoy the images and words I think, and it’s made me keen to check out the other books in the series!
What do you think of this book? Do you like the illustrations? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂