Note: I normally do Top 5 Wednesdays today but the topic was not one I really could participate in. I will return to T5W next week!
Are you feeling a little lost? Got that ‘left in the spare room’ emptiness about you? Mawson does too.
He sits atop his cushion and ponders about baffling things.
The world is a funny place for a curious teddy bear to live in. Friends approach him about their own dilemmas. They seek instant answers that will make everything all right. Mawson does his best. But after he ponders deeply, most things remain for him just as baffling as they were before.
Take a moment out of your day to pawse with him and explore the world. For the many frazzled readers who feel, secretly, much the same, he offers the comfort that the world is a bright place to be.
Rating: 4 stars
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Mawson Bear & Mark O’Dwyer for the reading opportunity!
When I was first contacted about checking this adult picture book out, I was a little adamant. I wasn’t entirely sure what I could expect from an adult picture book. So, like I always do when sent requests, I did my research and found myself really intrigued by the synopsis and the reviews I read. Take a second look at that synopsis one more time. Doesn’t that make you feel seen? I too am trying to do my best, pondering deeply, and still ending up just as baffled as before. I can relate.
So, after checking out what I could, I decided I was really excited for this one. And it didn’t disappoint!
It’s a Bright World to Feel Lost In is a very relatable book. It’s short and… well, sad. It reminded me a lot of simple poetry. Examples:
“When they come back with a scratch and bruise, and eyes too full of things to choose… the lightest touch on cheek will do. Then off they dash and -always kind- leave a space of emptiness behind.”
“Perhaps being Let-go-of is a kind of hug too.”
“A poem. Now I’m Me Instead of Us.”
Doesn’t that just make your heart ache!? Mawson Bear is a wise little fellow for sure. I’m not entirely sure that this book offers me comfort, per se, but instead a sense of understanding. Everyone has struggles and feels lost in this big world sometimes. It’s nice to have the emotions written on paper with some added reassurance. Sometimes, as Mawson would point out, “It’s such a Gift to see when you can do a rescue on your own”.
I will say, however, that my one issue with this book was that the wording was a bit flustering for me at first. It follows the same type of dialect that a children’s picture book would and I suppose I’m just not used to that anymore. I had to read the book a couple times through to really understand everything because of some of the sentence structuring. Once I’d done that, though, I found it to be an incredibly cute experience. It’s like being pulled back into adolescence but with adult feelings.
Overall, I’m really glad I got the chance to check this out. I’ve never seen something like it, but I’m really looking forward to the next one. If you’re interested in a simplistic, poetic-like experience with pictures (which we can all appreciate after reading as much as us bookworms tend to do), then I’d definitely recommend this to you!