Noah Dreary by Aaron Blabey
This book reels the reader in from the first line, “One day, Noah Dreary complained so much that his head fell off.” Instant reaction! I loved watching the faces of my son and my husband when they read this book, especially the first two pages. Their eyes nearly popped out of their heads and they laughed. It is definitely a book that can hook the reader in to wanting to read more.
The concept and that of the main character Noah Dreary is interesting. It is an engaging approach to addressing two common problems. Problem number one, what happens to a person when they complain too much? The answer is to find another inventive and effective way to use that talent. Problem number two, how can people be encouraged to take notice of world issues such the environment? The answer make the message heard, make it bigger and louder, and focus on what can be done to make a positive impact.
I must say that I was thoroughly impressed with the illustrations and thought that they truly helped to tell the story of Noah Dreary. The imagery was in line with the tale and made the story all the more interesting. I particularly liked the picture of Noah Dreary with two of the best known peace activists of the current era, Bono (U2) and Nelson Mandela.
For me the real message of the story is one to make the reader consider the future. What I have taken from reading this story is, “even if you are nobody you still have the ability to speak up”.
CKT Book Reviewer