Joseph the Dreamer

Becky Laff
  • Review
By – March 27, 2017

This col­or­ful­ly illus­trat­ed retelling of the Bib­li­cal sto­ry is pre­sent­ed as an engag­ing, graph­ic nov­el fea­tur­ing Joseph and his fam­i­ly. The clas­sic sto­ry is brought to life with vivid col­ors and clear­ly writ­ten text. Read­ers will be cap­ti­vat­ed by this ver­sion of a sto­ry with which they may already be famil­iar. The sto­ry is told in a fam­i­ly friend­ly way with­out omit­ting impor­tant parts of the tale and feels full of detail and atmos­phere. Joseph and his fam­i­ly are drawn as rab­bits and the Egyp­tians are drawn as cats which adds an intrigu­ing twist that still feels some­how authen­tic, although is an unusu­al illus­tra­tive twist.

The author/illustrator’s the­atri­cal back­ground is dis­cernible and the scope and impor­tance of this sto­ry cer­tain­ly lend them­selves to the author’s dra­mat­ic approach. Jew­el toned col­ors are effec­tive­ly con­trast­ed with more mut­ed shades high­light­ing the over­all spe­cial look of the art. This book is a delight­ful addi­tion to the grow­ing trend of Bib­li­cal­ly themed graph­ic nov­els appear­ing on the shelf.

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 7 – 10.

Deb­bie Fed­er is cur­rent­ly the Direc­tor of the LRC at Ida Crown Jew­ish Acad­e­my in Chica­go. She has her Mas­ters in Library and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence from Domini­can Uni­ver­si­ty. She has spent more than ten years intro­duc­ing chil­dren and young adults to lit­er­a­ture and infor­ma­tion lit­er­a­cy at schools and pub­lic libraries. She is the author of Jel­ly Bean’s Art Muse­um Adven­ture and is hon­ored to have been a mem­ber of the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Award Committee.

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