Saturday, December 12, 2009
Here Comes the Bride by Beatrice Masini
Illustrated by Anna Laura Cantone, published by Tundra Books.
This book was originally published in Italy, and the artwork reflects that "flavor". It is also reminiscent of Edward Gorey's work and the New Yorker Magazine. The illustrations are colorful, a bit outlandish, and work with the story.
Filomena makes dresses for a living and is always designing wedding dress for other women. She longs for the day she'll be able to make one for herself.
The man working at the mechanic shop next door loves her, but is too shy to say so. When he finally works up his courage and asks, she accepts, and starts working on her dress.
And when she's finished with her magnificent dress and comes to the wedding, she scares her groom!
The story does have a message (the dress does not make the lady) and it's a fun read.
The book will be published in January, 2010 and is for ages 4-7.