Tinder

After reading Habibi, I was eager for more illustrated stories. This, a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Tinderbox, wasn’t in the same league.

First of all, the lines felt very stilted. Maybe it’s to create a certain atmosphere, but it makes it harder to get into the story. This does make it feel a little like you have found a story, instead of picked a book from the library.

It honestly didn’t leave any mark on me. I remember some of the drawings, but I only remember the bare bones of the plot. It feels like someone had to summarize a short animated movie, and did so, feeling like they had to put down every detail.

Potential, but not enough. Maybe something for someone who loves fairy tales in any shape or form.

Tinder, Sally Gardner, Indigo 2013

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