Hearts – book review

By Thereza Rowe

Published by Toon Books ISBN: 978-1-935179-59-7

Review by Derek Brazell


What happens when you are so sad that you lose your heart? Penelope the fox loses a friend who goes away, and so loses her heart. As it drops into the sea, an adventure starts as Penelope tries to reclaim her emotional core. Snatched by a dolphin as she chases, a seagull then takes her heart so she’s always one step behind. Even a guarded palace keeps her heart from her. Penelope ends up in the city (with London buses!) and finally meets a new friend who may know where her heart has ended up. But Penelope has to make a sacrifice to save her new friend from danger.


AOI member, Thereza Rowe’s strong graphic images help the new readers this comic is aimed at follow the story with a minimum of words. Decorative and appealing, this visual approach offer an alternative to the more representational illustrations usually associated with books for young children.


Hearts is part of a range of books published by Toon Books to encourage new readers.


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