by Ian Lendler
Illustrated by Xanthe Bouma
This is a picture book about how Siddhartha became Buddha. It is definitely written for little kids and wouldn’t be a good book report source. It is a good book to explain what Buddha stands for and how a kid could become more like him. Happiness isn’t more toys or books or people entertaining you. Happiness is something inside you – and makes you feel content.
I like the illustrations. They are nice – they have lots of color and details. The color focus changes on each page. One page is a pink tone, another is a green tone. As an inspiring artist, I really liked how the illustrations made me feel. It is a very pretty book. It makes me think of Julia Denos’ Swatch.
This would be a book to add to a library with an understanding it isn’t completely true. Kids probably aren’t ready for the full story so this is a good introduction.
The publisher provided me a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.