November 2, 2016

THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN OF BOOKS IN THE WORLD

The Highest Mountain of Books in the World by Rocio Bonilla is a book for book-lovers. It teaches us to persevere and remember that our imaginations have no limits, especially when it comes to living out our dreams.


Convinced he was born to fly, Lucas spends hours watching birds and airplanes, studying up to design his own set of wings. But life doesn't always take the path we think it will, and it definitely doesn't for Lucas--every design fails. Until, that is, his mom puts a book in his hands one day, and Lucas learns to fly in an entirely new way. 


The watercolor and pencil illustrations are gentle and muted, carrying us along through the book as we watch this curious child come into his own. With every new book he reads, Lucas sores through the pages, showing readers everything from a flock of pink flamingos to the jungle to even space (where he meets Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's Little Prince). We watch the pile of books grow and grow as Lucas demands more adventures and more experiences, and we even get to flip the book at one point because the pile of books is so large. 


Readers of all ages can appreciate The Highest Mountain of Books in the World for what it is: an investigation of the transformative powers of books and how they can carry us on adventures through time and space. Each page celebrates books, and there are fun little references along the way that allude to established stories, like Moby Dick and King Kong, which makes it a super fun book to come back to again and again!