I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Fog by Kyo Maclear
Published on May 16, 2017.
Warble is a small yellow warbler who lives on the beautiful island of Icyland, where he pursues his hobby of human watching. But on a warm day, a deep fog rolls in and obscures his view. The rest of the birds don’t seem to notice the fog or the other changes Warble observes on the island. The more the fog is ignored, the more it spreads. When a Red-hooded Spectacled Female (Juvenile) appears, Warble discovers that he’s not the only one who notices the fog. Will they be able to find others who can see it too? And is the fog here to stay?
This book is cute, but I felt like there was a deeper metaphor that I just wasn’t understanding. Warble, a small yellow bird, enjoys people watching. I loved this concept of the animals watching us. He lives on Icyland island, but when a mysterious fog rolls in, he can no longer people watch. No other birds seem bothered by the fog. They all act as if it’s always been there, but it bothers Warble. When a little girl shows up and notices the fog too, they send letters out into the sea looking for others that can see the fog.
At this point in the book I was really liking it. I thought maybe it was supposed to be about the destruction of the environment or something serious and important like that. But then the fog disappears when more and more letters come back saying others can see the fog. So perhaps it was about connection with other people? Maybe the prevalence of smart phones and our disconnection from each other? I kind of got lost. Maybe it’s just a kids book without a deeper meaning.
Either way, it was still a decent read, and the pictures were cute. The length of the text makes it appropriate for ages 4-8.
My Rating: 3 stars