Although we consider Animus by Seonna Hong a good (if curious) read, it's also a good view. Hong's memorable imagery is alternately sweet and ominous with clever pop up engineering to further bring this story to life and engage young imaginations.
Animus is an intriguing story of a young girl confounded by the animosity of a somewhat sinister dog. Her fruitless attempts to befriend the dog and understand the rejection culminate in some wisdom about seeking approval, moving on and accepting the limitations of our own efforts to make nice with the world.
Just as the protagonist is described as sensitive, this book will appeal most to children with a similar sensibility - hose who are interested in the nuances and questions of a story rather than having it all tied up in a neat, satisfying package at the end. "There are few happy endings all tied up in bows. A full life is marked by the highs and the lows."
Animus has plenty of adult appeal and will find itself a home on your shelf of books that you guard more closely against damage and that get shared and discussed together with your children.
You can find out more about Seonna Hong and see more of her work on her website. Animus is published by Baby Tattoo Books. It can be purchased through the author's site, the publisher's site or from your favorite physical or online book purveyor.
(photos 2, 3 & 4: Carrie McBride)