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Lovabye Dragonby Barbara Joosse
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The illustrator of Eve Buntingand#8217;s Tweak Tweak and Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? makes his Clarion debut as author/illustrator with a tender book about loneliness and friendship. Leo, a mailman,and#160;takes in a small bird, Cheep,and#160;who missed the autumn migration of his flock.When spring comes and Cheep moves on, Leo is sad to see him go, but he also has hope, and the letter he has been longing for finally arrives.and#160;Sergio Ruzzierand#8217;s signature, slightly surreal animal characters and theand#160;setting, rendered in brilliant colors, make this simple, eloquent story a visual treat for the very young.
"Is Joosse (Old Robert and the Sea-Silly Cats) paying homage to a classic mid- century children's author, or just channeling her? Either way, this beautifully bubbly poem sounds a lot like Margaret Wise Brown at her best. 'Once there was a girl,' it starts, 'an all-alone girl/ in her own little bed/ in her own little room/ in her own little castle/ who didn't have a dragon for a friend.' The princess doesn't fear dragons; she's pining for one, weeping decorous tears that flow 'past a boat in the moat/ past a frog in the bog' and finally to the dragon, who shows up at her door like a faithful dog, ready to adore her. There are moments of saucy wordplay ('On the outside, Girl is little./ On the outside, Dragon's biggle') and reassuring images of steadfast love ('and he wraps his tail around her/ so gently, all around her'). Cecil's (Horsefly and Honeybee) stylized, angular figures stand in visual contrast to Joosse's rounded prose-poetry, but the palette of muted grays and blues is just right for this lullaby of a book. Ages 3 — 6. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Sergio Ruzzier's inimitably quirky, dreamlike illustrations accompany the tender story of a mailman who yearns to get a letter himself.
In her bed in her room in her castle, a girl longs for a dragon.
In his nest in his cave in his mountain, a dragon dreams of a girl.
When a lonely dragon follows a trail of princess tears, a beautiful friendship is born. They march and sing, roar and whisper, hide and seek, then settle into snug companionship at bedtime. Barbara Joosses fiercely protective and gently loving dragon cavorts across the pages, endearingly illustrated by Randy Cecil. At the end of the day, who can resist curling up in the embrace of a lovabye dragon?
About the Author
Barbara Joosse has written many books for children. Among them are Mama, Do You Love Me?, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee; and I Love You the Purplest, illustrated by Mary Whyte. She says, "When I was a little girl, I wished for two things — a best friend, and something so ferocious it would scare away the monsters under my bed. And so I have written Lovabye Dragon. I think maybe its for little me." Barbara Josse lives in Wisconsin.
Randy Cecil has illustrated more than twenty books for children, including Brontorina by James Howe, And Heres to You! by David Elliott, and My Father, the Dog and How Do You Wokka-Wokka?, both by Elizabeth Bluemle. He is also the author-illustrator of Duck and Gator. Randy Cecil lives in Houston.
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