[Review] Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia O’Hara; Lauren O’Hara


#review Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia O’Hara; Lauren O’Hara
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This was very short, beautifully illustrated and deceptively dark read! Hortense begins to hate her shadow that follows her everywhere she goes so does everything she can think of to get rid of it. Once successful she soon discovers when bandits surprise her in the woods,  that her shadow is the very thing she needs most – it was her protector.

The illustrations were amazing and though there was very little in the way of words to read, the artwork really sets the scene without the need of words at all. The e-book version of this story just does not do the illustrations any justice at all and can only imagine how whimsical it would look in hard book format.



About Natalia and Lauren O’Hara

We’re sisters who make children’s books together. Natalia writes and Lauren, who’s three years younger, illustrates. Raised in the north of England we now live in London. Our first picture book, Hortense and the Shadow, was published by Puffin at Penguin Random House in October 2017, and our second book is out this year.


Hortense and the Shadow Book Cover Hortense and the Shadow
Natalia O'Hara; Lauren O'Hara
October 5th 2017


Hortense is a kind and brave girl, but she is sad--even angry--that her shadow follows her everywhere she goes. She hates her shadow, and thinks her shadow must hate her too. But one cold, dark night, when bandits surprise her in the woods, Hortense discovers that her shadow is the very thing she needs most.


I am Fee, a 30 -something SAHM bookworm! I love to read, and will read almost anything and everything. I am not afraid to try new genres of books and my main genre is horror, thriller.

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