Book Review | Hortense and the Shadow

Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia and Lauren O'Hara

This is a gorgeous hardback debut picture book from sisters Natalia and Lauren O'Hara.  Natalia is the author and Lauren is the illustrator and they've used stories told to them by their Polish grandmother as inspiration.  The illustrations are stunning and although it is not written in rhyming text, you feel it is as it flows lyrically along through the pages.

Hortense really does not like her shadow.  It follows her everywhere and does everything she does.  And at night time it grows... "tall and dark and crooked".  She tries to hide it, and manages to lose it... but how can you scare off bandits without a shadow?

Hortense does get reunited with her shadow of course, it's part of her, and she loves it.

This author and illustrator pairing are going to go far if Hortense and the Shadow is anything to go by.  It's a classic in the making, real new talent, original, and set in a perfect fairy tale world.  What more could you want from a bedtime story?

[Thanks to the publishers Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of Hortense and the Shadow]

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