Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Review: What a Wonderful World by Tim Hopgood

Publisher: OUP
Format: Large hardcover
Released: October 2nd, 2014
Rating: 8/10

Amazon summary:

Based on the lyrics of the world-famous song, this gorgeously illustrated picture book follows a young boy on a wondrous journey through our beautiful world. The book comes with an accompanying CD which includes the much-loved recording of the song by Louis Armstrong and an exclusive reading by Sophie Aldred. 


What a Wonderful World is a beautifully presented hardback picture book that comes complete with a CD featuring the song 'What a Wonderful World' performed by Louis Armstrong. The CD also includes the story with audible page-turn signals, making this picture book even more fun to read and enjoy.

This book is lovely from start to finish, showing a real love of life and all that Earth has to offer. I've personally never read a picture book based on a song, so it's something new to me - it's a fantastic idea and what a classic song to choose, too. I enjoyed reading the author note at the end, which explains a little about why illustrator Tim Hopgood chose to use this song and it's incredibly famous lyrics.

Each illustration in this book is vibrant and eye-catching, depicting a little boy experiencing all the wonders of the world. From roses to trees to blue skies and rainbows, What a Wonderful World shows it all in technicolor, with truly great pictures sure to delight any younger reader lucky enough to own this book.

I'd forgotten just how good the song 'What a Wonderful World' is, but I've now had a gentle reminder after reading this book. It's made me remember just how much good stuff there is in the world, and how we should all take the time to appreciate it a bit more. It's a great concept and a great book!

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