illustrated by Júlia Sardà
The Liszts is a picture book with a subtle message about getting away from our obsessions and being open to the unexpected and spontaneous. In this case, the obsession is list-making. The Liszts make lists. When a visitor comes ("the door was open"), only middle child Edward is open to possibilities and asking questions. Kyo Maclear's story is more appropriate for older children - younger ones will probably miss the point.
The Liszt family (and the visiting stranger) look like a mix of the 1960s Munsters and Addams Family, only with a bit more color. Readers who remember these series might appreciated that, as well as some of the clever text. Rendered digitally by Júlia Sardà, the illustrations are incredibly detailed. However, this, along with the text hand-lettered by Sardà, further makes the book more suited to older children, or perhaps as a read-aloud by an adult.
© Amanda Pape - 2016
[I received this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.]