Posted by Venus on Friday, December 25, 2015
Labels: picture book review
Illustrations by Angela Barrett
Publisher: Walker Books
Release Date: June 1, 2015
A King and Queen promise to marry their daughter Lucia to the man who can show them the most wonderful thing in the world. Suitors descend on their Venice-like home trying to wind the hand of the princess, but even a display of a mermaid doesn't seem to be enough. While her parents are busy looking for a proper suitor, Lucia has been exploring the city with a young man who claims to know all of the city's secrets. When he finds out that the girl he has fallen in love with is the Princess, he panics, for surely someone like him could not possibly marry a princess. What he soon realizes though is that he has found the most wonderful thing in the world.
A very sweet romantic parable that feels a bit like a fairy tale and a bit like historical fiction. What makes this book really stand out though are the majestic illustrations. There were times where I wished the book was twice the size so that I could more closely examine the classical illustrations that filled each page with whimsical detail.