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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Bezert by Maria Knier is a surreal story where readers are taken into the world of Bezert who lived in his space known as the Hisonly Place. It is a safe place to save his thoughts and feelings. One day he travels from his safe island and spies a gift box. The box is inviting and Bezert gets into the box. Bezert follows the smallish light inside but loses track of it slowly. Bezert's journey is inspirational and uplifting and will take readers on a path of self-discovery and help them unlock their hidden strengths.
The book is unique and original. The character's name is also very unusual and unique. Readers will be fascinated by the language and also the illustrations. All the illustrations are magical and they convey what the author is trying to express. They also enhance the surreal and dreamy feeling of the verses. The rhyming verses are lyrical and give good pace and movement to the story. The verses on 'change' and 'fear' are very motivating to readers to discover their strengths and erase their fears. As readers progress through the verses, they also learn to trust their feelings. The book is a good bedtime storybook and can also be used in classrooms and school libraries for read aloud sessions.
Though written for children, it's a book that has many dimensions to it and will definitely help a child grow in his thinking.The book stimulates readers on all levels; mentally, emotionally and visually. It's visually stunning and has a great concept. I loved it.