[Book Review] Emiline

Title: Emiline
Author: Kimberli Johnson
Pages: 35
Genre: Children’s, Watercolor,
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This is an Advanced Readers Copy. That means that this is not the final version of the book therefore some facts and quotes are subject to change in the published book. I snagged a PDF copy of this book from Netgalley. I wish it was in a more mobile or physical friendly manner but this was fine.

Emiline is a knight in training. Only she is having trouble learning how to read. This is a very short Children’s book that contains gorgeous watercolor and fantasy creatures.

Oh No’s

The plot is very considerate but the story writing needed some work. Her art was gorgeous but the flow of the book was very choppy. Settings and story line seemed changed without warning. As one who is very fond of these simple books and manga, I feel there could have been more research done with how to convey more through drawing and writing. The artist really wanted to convey it all through her beautiful work but the language should never be forgotten.

The climax of the book was barely even a page long. I felt we didn’t get to experience her finally reading the words she just said them. I feel this could have been better portrayed than how it was.


What an adorable children’s book. If you just want this beautiful piece sitting around your house waiting to be seen then look no further. I hope this comes out in a hardcover version because I would love to buy this for my future children or visiting children.

This story shows courage, growth, and how to help a friend. I feel this is a great book for younger children to read to see that it’s OK for others to be different than they are. We are living in a time where each person is unique and their uniqueness should be celebrated. Children need to learn how to help others around them as well. Kindness was the major theme of this book and I loved it.


As I said, I definitely recommend purchasing this as a present for any beginning reader you have in your life. The art is beautiful as well so maybe it will inspire an artist or two. As I said, I obtained this book from Netgalley and it is an ARC so there will be no favorite quote.

My similar recommendation for this novel would be Tea Dragon Society.

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