Synopses & Reviews
Ferdie doesnt want to go to school, but go to school he must, and fortunately his imaginative older sister Viola paves the way. First she urges him to put on his rocket blaster boots, which enable him to leave the house. When he stalls again she convinces him to take command of a ship in search of buried treasure, and at the next meltdown, she tells him that as a knight, his duty is to fight the fierce fire-breathing dragon who has stolen the princess. But then it is Violas turn to fall apart, and Ferdie, following her example, draws on his own inner resources and imagination to keep them on their way. The childrens fantasy world is beautifully illustrated by Cybèle Youngs intricate 3-D paper sculptures, which have been painted with contemporary urban images and then photographed for this book.
"Many picture books are built on the foundation of children's boundless imagination, and in her first solo effort, illustrator Young (Ten Birds) handles the theme with exceptional grace. It's time for school, but Viola's younger brother, Ferdie, isn't interested. ' Ã¢Â€Â˜Not now,' he said. Ã¢Â€Â˜Maybe never.' ' Resourceful and creative, Viola uses Ferdie's jacket, a leaf, and a piece of cardboard to turn their short walk into three heroic adventures, as they become superheroes, seek buried treasure, and prepare to battle a dragon. With dark eyes and wavy hair, the children feel like distant cousins to Saint-ExupÃ©ry's Little Prince. Scenes grounded in reality, when Ferdie throws tantrums and Viola tries to distract or comfort him, are painted in gray, conveying the tenor of those moments. By contrast, their colorful, imagination-powered journeys jump off the page. Young's collages cast shadows on the white background below, with silhouettes of curling waves, sea creatures, and blobby monsters painted in pale blues, greens, and reds and filled in with crisp imagery of the duo's urban neighborhood. With empathy and respect for both characters' emotions, Young presents a loving story of sibling camaraderie. Ages 4 7. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Kirkus Best Children's Books of 2011
"Beautifully illustrated with distinctive etched-paper collages, this is the rare story in which siblings offer mutual support rather than ripping each other to psychological bits
celebrates creative play and sibling cooperation in a way that feels very real." New York Times
"Youngs latest attempts to be many thingsa foray into a childs imagination, a touching tale of siblings and a stage for the authors elaborate paper sculpturesand it succeeds masterfully in doing all three
David Wiesner fans should give this a try
Amazing." Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Many picture books are built on the foundation of children's boundless imagination, and in her first solo effort, illustrator [Young] handles the theme with exceptional grace." Publisher's Weekly, starred review
About the Author
Cybèle Young is an award-winning artist who exhibits her exquisite paper sculpture (Japanese paper printed with etched copperplates) internationally. She has illustrated several books for children, including Pas Harvest
by Jan Andrews, which was nominated for a Governor Generals Award for Illustration, and Jack Pine
by Christopher Patton. She lives with her family in Toronto.