Those lovely people at Lapis Edizioni kindly sent us a review copy. It’s on sale in Italian and there are plans for an English co-edition.
This stone sits in the same spot day in, day out. “Nothing can move it. Not the weather, nor time. Others come to it.”
The stone is thrust into a completely new environment, but how will Petra cope in her new surroundings?
Marianna Coppo‘s subtle and understated illustrations are full of character and texture and you can’t help but take this inanimate object to your heart from the first glance at the cover.
The expressiveness in those two large eyes and the little mouth, encapsulate all that’s great about this utterly adorable character. The playful way in which perspective is used too, is very clever. It’s not until we see Petra alongside the dog that we realise just how small she is.
A simple yet powerful story, it clearly illustrates the power of perspective and the strength of our imaginations.
Judging by the response we’ve had from just tweeting a few pictures of the book, we know that it will be well received.
Petra inspired us to make our own pet rocks and encouraged us to make our very own Petra. Watch out for her coming to a shelf near you soon!