Text, illustration bring ‘Stories 1, 2, 3, 4’ to life

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Stories 1, 2, 3, 4,” by Eugene Ionesco and Etienne Delessert, McSweeney’s McMullens, Sept. 11, 2012, $19.95 (ages 6 and up)

“Stories 1, 2, 3, 4” is just what you’d expect from the title — four stories. But it’s also much more.

At the center of the four stories is Josette, a young girl who has a very big imagination. Sometimes that imagination makes giants and animals appear out of nowhere.

“Stories 1, 2, 3, 4” may not appeal to everyone. The stories are silly and at times a bit strange. It’s one of those books where you need both the text and illustrations for it to make sense, but when those two parts come together, “Stories 1, 2, 3, 4” really works.

One of the highlights here is the book’s cover, which unfolds into a huge poster featuring animals from within. The illustrations on the cover and throughout the book are beautiful. They truly bring life to the page.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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