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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Magic, or let’s use the classic spelling ‘magick’, is the thing that dreams are made of. And, for a child, everything seems magical, even the night sky. Dreams and wishes make magic come alive, for the vampire child who prefers cranberry juice to the little giant that wants to be king of the castle, and the Sasquatch lad that loves dancing in a field of wildflowers. Dreams and wishes? Even a human child has plenty of those. And the magic is how well and how deeply we look at the world around us. And for the human child, or any child for that matter, there is nothing more magical than the stars above.
Gregory Hofmann’s charming little picture book story, Larger Than Life, takes the young reader on an inspiring journey of dreams and wishes and seeing magic everywhere. The story is told in rhyming verse, which adds significantly to its character. The colorful illustrations certainly help carry this story along. While the language is simple for the young reader to enjoy, it also includes very difficult words like pegacorn, Minotaur, labyrinth, phoenix, kraken, rugrat, leviathan, precociously. These words help to introduce the young reader to new words, new ideas and new concepts.
The magic of the rhymes and the mystery of the many young creatures allow the young reader to appreciate some of the classical mythological creatures of many different cultures. And, at an age when children are still questioning whether or not there are monsters in the world, it is interesting to present them with a story that shows mythological creatures as youngsters, creatures that might be considered monsters in their adult form. An enjoyable and educational book for young readers.