Jenni Desmond’s second narrative nonfiction effort is a lyrical and richly illustrated introduction to the life and science of polar bears. For me, her spare illustration style, influenced by Japanese woodblock, is a perfect compliment to the subject and setting. In blending fantasy with reality, the book succeeds in enchanting and informing in equal measure — just the right balance for nonfiction aimed at this age group, 4- to 8-year-olds.
“I aim to make my work entertaining, beautiful and funny. I love hidden depth both visually and narratively. I believe that picture books are important for nurturing young imaginations. I don’t think picture books should be limited to children though, and I hope mine will also appeal to older people with youthful minds.” —Jenni Desmond
Hardcover: 48 pages • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books (November 15, 2016)
Art © Jenni Desmond