The King and the Ogre

“The King and the Ogre” by William J. Birrell
“The King and the Ogre” by William J. Birrell 279 445 Reader Views Kids
The moment I opened “The King and the Ogre” by William J. Birrell, I knew this was no ordinary children’s book. The uniquely beautiful art that covers these pages is stunning in its duplicitous mix. Bearing the hallmarks of smudged chalk with the rainbow hues of watercolors, the images burst off the pages. There’s a feel of minimal detail, creating a relaxing sensation for the reader. But further inspection shows the illustrations are carefully detailed, reminiscent of early animation where simple backgrounds would be created, and then more detailed characters would be laid on top of the backgrounds for filming. I hadn’t read one word yet, but I was in love with this book. read more