Mario's Hidden Pictures

Children - Coming of Age
32 Pages
Reviewed on 12/10/2019
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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite

Mario’s Hidden Pictures is written by Jennie G. Wittenbach and illustrated by Danielle Mathews. Mario is having problems with focusing during his classes at school. Mrs. Langston catches him daydreaming and staring out the window. Mario wants to tell her what he’s seeing but is afraid of what she will think or say about his problem. Every time she catches him, some of his classmates laugh, which only makes him feel even worse. Should Mario tell Mrs. Langston that he’s seeing things everywhere he looks? What would she say? Will she think there is something wrong with him or can she help him figure out what is going on with him?

I love how Mario’s Hidden Pictures by Jennie G. Wittenbach so vividly describes a problem that many people deal with once the person understands why they see things and how to focus their attention on what needs to be done. Far from being a medical problem, Mario’s teacher helps him realize that he is not strange and can focus his attention on his work and get lost in his hidden pictures later. The illustrations by Danielle Mathews complement the story as they boldly display what is going on in pictures. I recommend Mario’s Hidden Pictures to anyone with kids. This story will help them understand that it is okay to have a problem but it is important to discuss it with an adult and find a solution. I love how Wittenbach easily explains the fear of non-acceptance that kids face and how easy it is to overcome once the problem is brought to light.