Many thanks to School Library Journal for this nice review of SEB AND THE SUN. Just over 2 months until this beautiful book comes to bookstores everywhere!
Seb is a young boy who loves the sun, but, he lives in the far north country, where it is dark, cold, and dreary for much of the year. Nonetheless, Seb and his companion, Walrus, enjoy their days combing the beach for treasures, especially for empty bottles washed ashore. The dark blue hues and interesting perspectives of the illustrations manage to make this forbidding environment appear quite sweet and inviting. Fed up with the cold, Seb and Walrus set out to find the sun, a theme reminiscent of traditional literature. He brings bottles of sunlight back to the town and warms everyone's heart. Gigot's illustrations capture the personality of this tiny mining and fishing community, especially when it is aglow with a warmth of the sun.
VERDICT: A beautifully calming story perfect for bedtime reading.
-Susan Small, Salve Regina University Library, Newport, RI