Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NetGalley Review: Polar Bear Postman by Seigo Kijima


Title: Polar Bear Postman
Author: Seigo Kijima
Published: Nov. 1, 2017
Publisher: Museyon Inc
Pages: 32
Genre: Ages 5-7
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
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Milk is the polar bear postmaster of the forest. One day he receives a card that says “Please help!” It is from a red-crested crane couple whose chick has gone missing. Spring gives way to summer and Milk receives another post card—this time from a red-crested crane couple who live in another district telling him that they have been taking care of a lost crane chick and asking for help in finding its family. Milk is modeled on an actual polar bear living in the Kushiro Zoo in Hokkaido, who is so adept at walking erect on his two hind legs that visitors say he looks like a person in a bear suit. The bear is joined in this amusing story by a variety of animal species native to Hokkaido.

We received this book via NetGalley  to give an honest review.

Cute story about a family of crane's whose little chick goes missing and the Polar Bear Postman who goes to find him after getting a letter. He asks many different animals if they have happened to see this crane chick and each one either tells him yes or no. When he gets a letter from another district saying they have a crane chick can he find the parents Milk knows just what to do!
As far as the pictures went I thought they were okay but at times seemed to be rushed to draw in a way. 
Also another thing I noticed was a lot of words that should have been capitalized and were not, along with a lot of repeating sentences. Not sure if that was intentional or not but it was a bit of a distraction when reading. 

Seigo Kijima was born in the eastern Hokkaido city of Kushiro. In 2013, he received the Japan Picture Book Awards Readers’ Prize for the first picture book he illustrated, Kirin ga kuru hi (A New Giraffe). In 2015, he created his first solo picture book, Shirokuma yubinkyoku (Polar Bear Post Office).

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