Book Review: Hortense and the Shadow (Natalia O’Hara, Lauren O’Hara)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Puffin

Pages: 32

Release Date: October 5th 2017


Hortense is a kind and brave girl, but she is sad–even angry–that her shadow follows her everywhere she goes. She hates her shadow, and thinks her shadow must hate her too. But one cold, dark night, when bandits surprise her in the woods, Hortense discovers that her shadow is the very thing she needs most.


This is a stunning little picture book, deliciously dark and beautifully illustrated, sure to delight parents and children alike.

Hortense hates her shadow and wishes it would leave her alone, but when bandits attack she finds she might just need it after all.

This was a really charming tale, with a dark quality to the fairy tale, reminiscent of Neil Gaiman. While on the surface it’s a story of a girl making friends with her shadow, there’s an underlying message of learning to accept yourself and your appearance as you are, the good and the bad together.

The illustrations are simply stunning. I loved the blue/grey tones and the detail in everything. I read this in e-book format and could see that they were gorgeous, but I definitely need to buy the physical book when it comes out to truly appreciate its beauty.

If you’re looking for a unique fairy tale full of charm and wonderful illustrations then be sure to pick this up! I’m adding it to my list of books to get for Little Moore’s bedtimes.


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