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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Mike and The Magic Marble written by Stephen Kempain and illustrated by Jordan Kempain is a touching children’s book about a marble that finds its way to a lonely and bored young boy by the name of Mike. Both Mike and the marble find ways to entertain themselves as Mike’s dad appears to be consumed with working in his office and doesn’t always have the time to devote to Mike. The storyline created by Stephen Kempain is short and sweet and incredibly endearing. Stories involving inanimate objects that take on an animate existence are truly inspiring and they tend to end with a lot of heart, of which this book has heaps.
Stephen Kempain’s Mike and The Magic Marble is visually entrancing. Jordan Kempain’s illustrative style has the appeal of a graphic novel from beginning to end. The colors are subdued and give it an odd kind of heavy feeling on some pages, but it works in perfect juxtaposition with the narrative. There are also brighter pages that evoke happier feelings. The way that light and dark are used in the colors is nothing short of moving. The marble itself is perfectly captured on the page and it will make anyone who fondly remembers playing with marbles as a child smile a bit brighter. This is a children’s book that should be on everyone’s shelf and in everyone’s classroom. It’s a story of love, wonder, and the importance of time spent together.