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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
According to Corban by Marcy Pusey is a delightful and charming children’s picture book about a young boy named Corban who battles dragons, hoses down messes with his fireman’s hose, and finds a way to get into a little bit of trouble along the way. The narrative and illustrations switch between fantasy and what is actually taking place in real life. It’s this element of Marcy Pusey’s According to Corban that delights me the most. Many of the moments that take place are the same fantastical imaginings that we all experienced, as well as the reality of the heartfelt moments, such as the father and mother being with him as he’s listening to a story.
Marcy Pusey’s According to Corban is sure to bewitch all young readers as well as some that might be older as well. The illustrations created by Daniela Sosa have a beautiful artistry, reminding me of the light pastel color scheme of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. The images themselves conjure up characters from fairy tales we all know inside and out but are altered slightly in comical ways, especially when the reality of what Corban’s mind has exaggerated is ultimately shown. As a reader, you want to continue reading and experiencing Corban’s adventures as though you were reliving your childhood, one page at a time. It is my belief that According to Corban has all the makings of the perfect picture book for children to grow up with and is the kind of book that gets passed down from generation to generation.