The other day I was writing a review for a book and could comfortably get around 150 words to make a decent review. I’m used to keeping my reviews under 75 words for newsletter reviews, and under 100 for a web review. I have gotten better with this 250 but some books, well a 250 worded review is more words than the book has. And while that probably is not true with the second book, it was most likely for the first one. Therefore, that is why I have combined the two in one review.
The book Imagine a World: Full of Wonder is around 60 pages too long. Guess how many pages it has? And while the artwork of Leigha Huggins had its moments of pop and visually pleasing, it had as many non-moments, too. But the story itself by Heather Lean was totally lost on me. The idea of imagination and what you could make your world to be is a good idea, but I missed something. The art style is a bit mixed, and is trying to be whimsical, but does not always make it. They are colorful and have details, but sometimes they are too smooshed. Overall, everything was too crowded and blended together. And I am not saying this book was bad, I just assume it was either not for me, or I was not in the right mindset to read. I might have to give it a second chance.
At first, I did not think I would like The Art of Rewilding: The Return of Yellowstone’s Wolves. But once I started to get into it, this due in May 2023 story fell into place. While I never completely got into the minimalistic art of Marc Majewski, it does give it the feeling of a more nature-based and from the point of view of a natural creature (be it wolf, other creature or a spirit) telling the story. There is good color, and the pages are full, sometimes crowded. There is much in the way of text. This text shows how over the years the Yellowstone National Park has had many changes, many not good, but how when people started to due more conservational methods, things got better. We might not realize that the loss of the wolves could hurt the rivers, or the overall ecosystem, but Nadja Belhadj allows us to see how everything is connected.