Book Review of The Mask
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Clayton Marshall Adams
Illustrated by Rohan Daniel Eason
Ages 10-16 | 48 Pages
Publisher: CJ Sparrow Publications | ISBN: 978-0-578-569932
What to Expect: Fairytale, choices, morals, self-image, inner beauty, bullying.
Mil lives in the woods, alone, unloved, and taunted and threatened by the villagers who see his twisted body and deformed features as proof that he is a monster. Mil is a talented woodcarver—he creates beauty in the world around him but is offered none in return. Then, one day, he unearths a magical talking mask, which promises him beauty and a wonderful new life in return for an unspecified price. Although he can sense the mask’s evil, Mil gives in to temptation, and soon he is beautiful beyond his wildest dreams.
Only three years later, when he is happy and married and loved by everyone, Mil learns the terrible price he must pay for his new life. Then he has to choose: will he pay, or will he do what is right and lose everything he has gained?
This enchanting, dark fairytale uses imagination and evocative imagery to challenge readers to explore complex issues. From bullying and discrimination to inclusion, honesty, and self-worth, The Mask offers no easy answers to readers. Instead, it demonstrates how free will leads to options and consequences that each individual must experience for themselves. Rohan Daniel Eason’s beautiful, vintage-style illustrations bring the story to life with muted, dream-like colors overlaid with shadows.
The Mask is a thought-provoking story that readers are sure to enjoy and engage with.
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