[Book Review] Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle


In Flora and the Flamingo, an interactive, wordless picture book by Molly Idle, a little girl dances with a flamingo.

To properly express my opinion of the book, I think it's best to first present the following blurb:

In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more!

I didn't get all that from this, frankly. Obviously, it's just a matter of me not connecting emotionally with the book, but to me, a few pages of a little girl dancing with a bird doesn't exactly capture "the trials and joys of friendship"; yes, it's obviously a theme, but I just don't get the same sense of emotional depth from it as the blurb writer apparently did.

Either way, Flora and the Flamingo was a reasonably cute story, but for me, it definitely didn't live up to the glowing praise of the blurb. A person more invested in friendship-themed stories, however, may experience greater emotional impact and overall satisfaction that I did.

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