Hello, again bookworms. I am delighted to be part of another book tour, albeit later than the date scheduled as I thought it was the 16th today and the 16th was yesterday… oh, donkey! I am not even surprised that I messed up the days again, but anyway, today I wanna talk to you about this gorgeous book, The Silver Moon Storybook by Elaine Gunn, illustrated by Megan MacPhie.
My rating: 4 stars
“What darkness lies in the past of a little witch, cursed into the shape of a giant? Who will save a magical unicorn, imprisoned for generations in the castle of a tyrant? As the silver moon rises in the sky, an enormous clown and a powerful siren join a humble weaver and other enchanting characters in these haunting tales of illusion, discovery and love.
An exquisitely illustrated bedtime story for the age of #MeToo, The Silver Moon Storybook transforms themes of modern feminism into touching fables full of the magic and shadows of traditional fairy tales.” [Goodreads blurb]
The silver moon storybook is a collection of seven short stories: The Little Witch; The Weaver; The Enormous Clown; The Changeling; The Unicorn; The Strong Man; The Sea Queen. Each of these stories has a feminist, modern twist on fairytales. They are unique, sweet and engaging for people of all ages. I really enjoyed that some of the stories were interlinked which gave it a nice sense of continuity. These tales are meant to empower women and girls and I really appreciated that.
I was really impressed that the reader is able to colour in the book if they so wished. The illustrations from Megan MacPhie are beautiful and help the reader immerse in the story. The writing was also very beautiful and lyrical.
I recommend this for readers of all ages.
Elaine Gunn has been writing more or less constantly since she first picked up a pencil in primary school. Years of unpublished literary genius languish in handwritten journals, high school English portfolios, corporate banking reports and various awful pitch documents full of impeccably-written digital marketing jargon.