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Reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers' Favorite
Spirit Quest by poet Bob MacKenzie and illustrator Sharlena Wood was a beautiful book of poetry. Throughout the book were gorgeous illustrations that matched the written poems perfectly. The poems themselves told stories of mountains, lakes, cabins, woods, and other serene settings. You can’t help but feel relaxed after reading these poems. With straightforward writing and themes that many of us can relate to, this book of poetry will be a valuable addition to any poetry library. The writing paints a picture throughout the book, and there is a definite sense that the author is a professional poet. I enjoyed reading this immensely.
Normally, I would say imagery is what poems are all about and would not really find the need for the illustrations in the book; however, the pictures that went with each poem were so beautiful and worked with the poems so well that they were not distracting at all. My favorite poem was Rose Lake, although I enjoyed the Fire poems and pretty much all the poems in Spirit Quest. It was obvious that poet Bob MacKenzie knew how to use language, and also obvious that illustrator Sharlena Wood was able to match the ideas and settings with ease. The colors in the illustrations range from black and white beauties to intense bursts of magentas, oranges, and blues. From one book, it was easy to gain a full picture of the poet’s life and experiences, including travels taken. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy nature poetry.