Today, I am not Rachael Davis, I am Sassie Evernode, High-Altitude Tobogganist. I whizzz! I zoom! I WHOOSH! Such fun!
It can be incredibly freeing to imagine yourself as someone completely different and let your imagination fly. Children have a fabulous ability to do this; they love make-believe play and “let’s pretend to be” games. The book I am showcasing today captures that childhood delight.
From the author of The Misadventures of Frederick, Ben Manley, comes yet another unique and original picture book, Albert Talbot: Master of Disguise, illustrated by Aurélie Guillerey.
Meet Albert Talbot. Or is it Rusti Buffels, Fearless Mountaineer? Or Professor Octavius Pickleswick, Mechanical Engineer? In this creative adventure-packed story, we see Albert use his imagination to find his inner confidence and tackle whatever the day throws his way.
I am in complete awe of the ingenious personas Ben has created for Albert. Aurélie’s illustrations bring each persona and wacky scene to life. The arrows and details are a delight! There is so much for children to discover on each page. I absolutely loved “dinner time”. These two pages really capture that childhood make-believe fun. Here we see Albert playing…
And on the next page we see the world through his eyes, as Anselom Facklejack, Diamond Thief!
Albert Talbot: Master of Disguise is a book that children will surely adore and maybe even inspire their own make-believe play. I love how it encourages children to tap into their creativity and imagination. But ultimately, this book shows us that being ourselves is wonderful too.
Publisher: Two Hoots, Macmillan
Publication date: 6 August 2020
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion.