Top of the Shelf: The Queen's Shadow
The Queen's Shadow: A Story about How Animals See by Cybèle Young (Kids Can Press, 2015)
Review by The Carle Bookshop bookseller Chris Bluhm
The Queen's Shadow is a sophisticated picture book with a lot going on. There's a mystery to solve involving the disappearance of the queen's shadow during a ball. The attendees are commonly known animals who help solve the mystery with their real life visual "super powers." Heading up the search is Mantis Shrimp, who is, as we learn, the only creature on earth with "trinocular vision." Mantis Shrimp can also see five times as many colors as humans (I'm jealous!).
Learn more about the amazing visual abilities of the queen's guests and how they use these abilities to solve the mystery. Check out the publisher's trailer for the book.
This is one of my favorite picture books of the year. Officially recommended for ages seven and up, but younger children might also enjoy it. $16.95