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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Secret Creature is a work of fiction in the social issues, emotional writing, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is intended for readers of all ages from middle grade upwards and was penned by author Angela Wilcox with gorgeous accompanying illustrations by artist Arlene Thaler. The creature of the title refers to a visual and metaphoric representation of a secret, one which the central child of the tale carries around with them as a burden. The story explores the beauty of being unafraid to share those things which make us different and the freedom in being our authentic selves, being accepted, and loving ourselves even more for it.
Author Angela Wilcox has crafted a really accessible book that shines a spotlight on how insecure our differences can make us and how we often feel (especially in our earlier years) that we might be the only person in the world holding onto this ‘secret’ about ourselves. The message is not just reserved for LGBTQ+ people but for anyone who has ever felt 'othered' by their differences and spent time comparing themselves to the proposed ‘normal’ image of the outside world. The artwork by illustrator Arlene Thaler perfectly captures this insecurity and fear, transforming the words of the piece into a vibrant and enhanced emotional experience as the central child of the tale grows, learns, and changes for the better. Overall, The Secret Creature is an absolute must-read that will benefit anyone of any age that struggles with the pressures of conformity and societal standards.