Could everyone be right in this light-hearted story about different perspectives?
The bear knows exactly what the mountain looks like—a forest. The sheep, octopus, and ant also know the mountain. It’s a meadow! It’s surrounded by water! It’s a maze of tunnels! The chamois and snow hare have their opinions too. It seems the mountain looks different to every animal. How can that be? And whose point of view is right?
From the author/illustrator duo Rebecca Gugger and Simon Röthlisberger, whose previous book Ida And The Whale was an Indie Next Pick, comes an insightful story about tolerance told in their feather light way.
Read what The Mountain means to creators Rebecca and Simon here.
Humor is conveyed through the brief, dialogue-heavy text, while washes of color draw the eye along crisp white pages, with body language and energy conveyed through penciled movement lines. Wordless double-page spreads showing each animal’s imagined mountainous setting are especially stunning. A natural for storytime, this humorous tale elevates the beauty of many perspectives.
Rebecca Gugger and Simon Röthlisberger’s picture book stands out for its astonishing animal personnel (Octopus!), its enthralling page layout, its varied picture compositions that perfectly portray the animals’ visions of the mountain, as well as its witty dramatic structure. That’s the way to re-stage a well-worn picture book topic. Brilliant!
White Ravens jury
The Mountain is an intricately illustrated picture book that introduces tolerance to children in a very clever and fun way.
KC Parent Magazine
- White Ravens, 2021
- INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist, 2021