Book of the Week: Hopper and Wilson

Book of the Week, Children's

Hopper and Wilson by Maria Van Lieshout

Published: 2011 by Philomel

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

Hopper and Wilson, a blue elephant and a yellow mouse, look like stuffed animals. You kind of want to cuddle with them.

Hopper is an inquisitive elephant. I think he’s an example to young readers, encouraging them to question and to stretch their imagination as far as they can.

Wilson, the tiny yellow mouse, has an apparent sense of humor.

This book asks what every kid at some point has always wondered: what’s at the end of the world? Hopper and Wilson hope there’s lemonade and a staircase to the moon. I kind of hope that’s what there too.

They are adventurous, and aren’t afraid to get up and try new things.

They set out to find the end of the world in a newspaper boat. Classic!

I love how this book shows the bonds of friendship. And how, even in the worst of times, friends will always be there.

Wilson is a loving, sensitive mouse who worries about his friends.

It really shows that home is where the heart is. It is the beginning and the end of the world.

The illustrations are lush and calming. Maria Van Lieshout uses colors to show the shift in action. For example, when they’re sailing calmly along, the colors are muted blue, yellow, and green. But when an ugly storm rages, the pages are swiftly turned to dark colors of blue, black, and green.

The writing is simple, yet really thrusts the story forward.

It’s a story that a kid of any age can and will appreciate.

I really loved how this book shows the importance of having at least one good friend. And the things you could accomplish with friends – like journeying to the end of the world.