The Bramble

The Bramble

eBook - 2013
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Cameron desperately wants to play tag with the older boys, who laugh at him for not being able to touch any of them, but when he tumbles into a bramble Cameron finds himself in another world where his talents are appreciated.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, [2013]
ISBN: 9781467709521
1467709522
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 v. (unpaged)) : color illustrations
Additional Contributors: Zick, Bruce

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forbesrachel Apr 09, 2014

A chubby-faced boy finds his way into a realm of magical creatures after the older kids refuse to play tag with him. Wonder fills his eyes with each sight in this beautifully rendered world.

Almost completely wordless, the boy helps these creatures face a menacing foe, a sweeping wave that is a metaphor for the seemingly overwhelming power of bullies in the real world. To overcome this, he tricks the wave with a game of tag, and after dodging it countless times, manages to outsmart it to the great relieve of his new friends.

Shades of brown start of this tale to give a down to earth look to the real world, while different colours are used for the other world. Hues flow from page to page; blues into purples, into blues then greens. They shift with the changing atmosphere. For this slightly dark Fantasy setting, sketchy colouring is used to emphasize shadows. Twisting wood, and branches, carry the tangled style of the bramble passageway into subsequent panels to give continuity to the world.

While there is little text, the author does a good job of clearly presenting his message of friendship and courage, for after the boy's adventure he returns to his world more confident than before.

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