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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
I love how Simone Majetich writes most of her children’s story, My Greatest Masterpiece, in the second person narrative. This is a complex voice, but she uses it easily. The author is talking about her two children, young artists with a strong creative mindset, full of imagination and fun, which she encourages by allowing them to be who they are, messes and all. The two children love to paint, model, sing, dance, and create all kinds of inspired original works, visual, aural, and theatrical. While the author, the mother in the story, observes her children, she also admires their work and the power of creativity and imagination.
Simone Majetich’s picture book story, My Greatest Masterpiece, is a work of art. The language is simple to encourage young readers to read along. The font of the lettering differs, adding swirls and sparkles to every page. The illustrations are as bold and colorful as the children’s creations revealed on each page. This story is full of love, not just a mother’s love but also a shared love between siblings. Playing and creating together, these children learn more and are stronger than those children who play with electronic devices or spend their days on a computer or watching television. The children in this story are full of life and obviously having a lot of fun creating their masterpieces. The mother already knows what her masterpiece is. At the end of the story, the author has included some recipes for materials that are safe for children to use, like edible paint. And some ideas are shared of creative projects to inspire the minds of young readers. This book is a masterpiece!