Book Review – The Upside of Iris

upside of iris coverThe Upside of Iris

Helen Rose
Lisa Falzon – Illustrator
File Size: 22173 KB
Publisher: Through the 4th Wall
Publication Date: September 9, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B0157GPL14

BOOK BLURB: For young Iris, the whole world looks upside down, and the only person who truly understands and appreciates her perspective is her new friend Charlie, who has his own unique trait: he cannot speak. His silence, her precociousness, and their acceptance of each other make the two a perfect match.

But happiness is fleeting, as Iris’s new stepsisters, skeptical and jealous (as conventional folks often are of those who dare to swim against the tide), manage to drive the two apart. Iris and Charlie are separated for the remainder of childhood.

Grown-up Iris never forgets about Charlie, though, and her love for him influences the charming art gallery she now owns. But despite the visually magical environment she inhabits, Iris finds herself doubting Charlie once again, thanks in no small part to those pesky stepsisters of hers.

Still, before she decides to give up hope altogether, she decides to do one small thing for the other lonely souls around her . . . with wonderful consequences.

The Upside of Iris is an illustrated love story for all ages, and for anyone who has ever felt misunderstood. It is a whimsical, touching reminder that perspective is truly everything, and that a change in perspective can make all the difference in the world.

REVIEW: This is a beautiful book – the illustrations are stunning – and the story is filled with hope and inspiration. I loved Iris from the beginning and rooted for her all through the book.

I can’t say enough about how wonderful the images are, so colorful and crisp in the PDF version I read on my iPad. The illustrations complimented the narrative and the blend of the two forms make an engaging story. I will save this one to read again.

The message of The Upside of Iris has a lot of appeal for readers of all ages, and the story is one everyone can enjoy. It invites us to change our way of looking at the world, and our lives, and maybe we will find something magical and delightful like Iris.



I do hope you will come back on Wednesday to meet Helen as my Wednesday’s Guest. She was gracious enough to come all the way from England for a visit, so we need to do our best to make her feel welcome.

3 thoughts on “Book Review – The Upside of Iris”

  1. The Upside of Iris is a book I would not have thought of reading until I read your review so thank you! I think it will be a perfect gift for my 24 year-old granddaughter who is finding her own niche in this world.

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