A Way with Wild Things

Reviewed By  Grasshopper2       May 31, 2021


Author  Larissa Theule. Illustrations Sara Palacios

Distributor:      Bloomsbury Children's Books
ISBN:                 9781681190396
Publisher:         Bloomsbury Children's Books
Release Date:   May 2021  

Website:    https://www.bloomsbury.com 

 Always, it is a fine thing to remember that we have different likes and dislikes. To be quiet, shy, love outdoor life and bugs is a fine way to be. To accept this in others and enhance their sense of belonging means a happy and peaceful life for all.

This is very much the message in this colourful, softback picture book, A Way with Wild Things. Amid the double page spread, showing a garden, we meet Poppy. She loves bugs. She enjoys watching ants marching by and watching a spider weave its magic web.

When it comes to mixing with others Poppy likes to blend into the background. Inside the house she likes to meld into the furnishings. It is not until Grandma Phyllis’s one hundredth birthday party in the garden, that Poppy ever feels at home and special. It all has to do with a dragonfly, and Grandma Phyllis, acknowledging that “Poppy’s got a way with wild things,”

Sometimes it just takes the smallest recognition from others to engender confidence in a child. A Way with Wild Things is a lovely story and message for children. The illustrations are bright and simple, with many details. The text is large and well-spaced, with varying sizes of words. This is a delightful look at those who love the outdoors, and a happy read.