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June 07, 2022
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Shelf Awareness Starred Review: "Pina sparkles with enchantment from beginning to end."

This story of Pina’s fear to venture out of his door into the wide world will resonate with timid, imaginative kids.
Pina explores the haunted country of the imagination where children struggle to place themselves in the big scary world. Pina’s fear to venture out of his little house into the wide world will resonate with timid kids.The techniques he uses to overcome his fear―mindful breathing,thinking of his favorite things, carrying a familiar, comforting object with him when he leaves the house―will prove useful to many children. It took the author two years to sculpt little Pina (named after the author’s cat, which she named after German-born choreographer Pina Bausch), build his shadow-box home, photograph the book’s scenes,and add Photoshop layers to create the book’s arresting illustrations. Pina offers safe access for young readers to the scary territory explored by Coraline, The Night Gardener, and other stories for older kids. color throughout

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When Pina has to leave the comfort of his home for groceries, he's so terrified as his imagination starts to run wild. To him, leaving his house is the worst possible thing because of all the bad that can happen. He's a homebody who fears the unknown and revels in the safety of his house. However, when the other option is to starve, Pina takes the leap and heads out the door. As he travels, he realizes the world isn't as bad as his imagination led him to believe.

PINA weaves a tale that takes us through the horrors a child's imagination can conjure. The illustrations remind me of Tim Burton's odd yet fascinating style, like Nightmare Before Christmas. It teaches children while things may seem intimidating, it doesn't make them bad. A lot of good can come out of new experiences and it's a chance to meet new people. The writing style is unique and the main character is relatable to children who struggle with fears of the unknown.

Final Verdict: PINA is an inspiring story with a strong message for children who suffer from anxieties and fear doing new things. It'll open their eyes to the unlimited adventures awaiting them.
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