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Reviewed by Jacob R LaMar for Readers' Favorite
Our Amazing Blankets is a 42-page children’s book about twins - a girl and boy. The book was penned by Kealy Connor Lonning and illustrated by Lora Look. The text is written in quatrains where the second and fourth lines always rhyme. In the story, the twins like to take their blankets everywhere and include them in all their activities. They pretend their blankets are skirts and capes or sometimes magic carpets. The story also elaborates that their blankets are good for other things such as drying their tears and calming their fears. Above all else, the author tries to emphasize that the blankets will wear out with time but some other, more important things never will. At the close of the book, Lonning dedicates the book to her twin girl and boy who are clearly the inspiration for the story. The illustrator has done an uncanny job of making the main characters resemble their real-life counterparts.
Kealy Connor Lonning has done a very good job in Our Amazing Blankets of keeping the tone light and playful while keeping the book's valuable lesson intact. The relationships we form with people are meant to be everlasting. There are a handful of times where the word usage feels repetitive or the rhymes feel forced, but the overall message stays intact and still leads to a positive reading experience. The illustrations are fun and draw readers into the author's world; they fully immerse the reader in the love Lonning has for her children. Altogether Our Amazing Blankets is a soundly-written and beautifully illustrated picture of the life shared by the siblings and the many joys that such a life holds.