Book review: The Hideout by Susanna Mattiangeli and illustrated by Felicita Sala.

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Susanna Mattiangeli and Felicita Sala have created a rather exciting book. Based on a young girl called Hannah we discover that she is a very imaginative soul.

The storyline begins with Hannah being called for “Hurry up, we have to go!” Readers are shown her bedroom but she is nowhere to be seen so where is she?

We observe Hannah as she plays in the park, enjoying all that nature has to offer. She finds treasures, shelters in a hideout and befriends a rather fluffy looking creature, not too dissimilar to a toy in her room. She is a resourceful young girl who makes capes out of feathers and a bed out of leaves.

As readers we are fully immersed into Hannah’s world. The joyous nature filled illustrations are fantastic and you are completely unaware of exactly how long you’ve been by Hannah’s side. However, as the story approaches the end we make a discovery. All that has happened is actually part of Hannah’s drawing. It’s her imagination that has in fact got readers hooked.

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My eldest (5 year old) and I think this is a brilliant book. It represents the beauty of imagination and that art and drawings can be a magical form of representing this.

In the words of the author “…no one would have imagined that deep in the drawing, at the end of a long road made of brown and green pencil marks, a little girl had lived for a very long time.”

A wonderful read which I would recommend for 4 years old and up and a super one to share in a learning setting.

Disclaimer: I was kindly gifted this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are entirely my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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