As a kid growing up I used to love the pictures in my books. They added something extra to the stories and made them so magical. The older you get the less we see illustrations in books. Why is that? Why do adults books not have pictures periodically places throughout the book? I personally would love it! I’m not saying there has to be a picture every 5 pages, but maybe an illustrated page every 5 Chapters or so? Am I just crazy?
What brought this thought to mind was the book I just finished, And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness. What a great retelling of Moby Dick that was creative and didn’t copy the original Moby Dick storyline. I loved the creative and unique pieces that Patrick Ness adds to all of his books. This book however, had some of the most beautiful illustrations I’ve seen in a long time and they made the book the amazing piece of work that it is.
This books is told in the point of view of a pod of hunting whales as they follow the trail of the mythic trail of a man thought to be the Devil himself. As they go on their journey a unique world under the “Abyss” otherwise known as the human world, is created and provides an absolutely unique and stunning story. Patrick Ness does not disappoint and as always, leaves a great message in his story. I rated this book 4/5 stars and read it in 24 hours.
So needless to say, this make me what more pictures in my adult (and Young Adult) books. Another great book with lots of pictures is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (and it’s 4 other books in the series). Stories can be built around pictures, no matter what age group is the target.
Happy Reading! 🤓