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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Hueslandia: At Another Time . . . At Another Place is a work of fiction with strong themes of social issues pertaining to race and inequality, amongst other issues, and was penned by author Michael Murphy. Alongside illustrator Carissa McDonald, this informative and engaging book for children tells the tale of the titular country Hueslandia and how it came to be named as a land where people of many different colors come together regardless of their skin tone. The work also contains images of the villagers throughout their journey, and quotations from our own time to convey the true message of unity and openness which we should all aspire to in the future.
Author Michael Murphy has crafted an interesting story that will suit independent readers entering the middle-grade stage, who might be looking for something more challenging to spark their young minds with new ideas. The delightful and colorful illustrations by artist Carissa McDonald will help to engage readers very early on in the work, displaying some beautifully expressive characters and an ethos of peace and togetherness which suits the themes of the book well. I enjoyed the plot construction and the ways in which complex social issues are put forward for young readers to understand. I thought the quotation sections were a nice addition to see how we as citizens of the world already have these ideals, but may not yet be living up to them all. Overall, I would recommend Hueslandia: At Another Time . . . At Another Place for both home and classroom reading to provoke some important discussions and entertain young minds along the way.