Mogie – The heart of the house – Children’s Book review

By Kathi Appelt and illustrated by Marc RosenthalThe heart of the houseAny book about a dog has to be a good one! Especially when their portrait makes the front and back cover of the book.

Mogie is a therapy dog, or a companion for the sick children at the Ronald MacDonald house in Houston Texas. Author Appelt has taken us into a place where a dog has an incredible power to make a difference in the spirit and healing of children and their families.

Focusing on Rosenthal’s illustrations, the visual story is easy to understand through the  expressive paintings and pen & ink drawings. Splashes of watercolour for mood, pen & ink for detailing the objects and people.

To describe Mogie, Rosenthal maintains the same general golden-brown base colour, outlines the carefully placed colour with pen & brown ink. His sketch book like style is playful, very much like the main character, Mogie. Rosenthal’s illustration may also give children (who this book was made for) an idea of how they too can tell their story.

This book was both written and illustrated with the good intention of inviting play and happiness into a more serious and unique atmosphere. With that in mind the action oriented illustrations like; Mogie jumping into a mud puddle or running after a bouncing ball will up lift the spirit of a lonely or sad person.

One more thought on this story Mogie the heart of the house when you look at the colour choices used in the illustrations you’ll see that a warm yellow and a dark blue are used to enhance the mood of the story. The yellow is in Mogie, the sofa and the tree house the active spots in the Ronald MacDonald house, the blue is the dream or evening image colour, subtle and quiet tone.

My favourite page is of Mogie lying on his back with a dream like cloud above him, with an image of a boy and Mogie running.(one tone).

My book reviews are based on the visual, even though both text and the illustrations go hand in hand.

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About artist and illustrator

I'm a textile artist, resourceful and excited about making things. Dog walks with my pooch "Charlie" is inspiring and an opportunity to develop ideas from nature and people whom we meet on our strolls. There is a story behind my art making, it's in the series, I don't make just one but many from the same idea, but! not one will look like the other, each piece of art is "one-of-a-kind".
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