Synopses & Reviews
While hiking in the mountains with his parents, Albert tumbles off a cliffbut is saved by the cloud children who utter magic words that make him very light and keep him from falling. Albert has a wonderful time jumping, swimming, painting, and racing in the sky with the cloud children. That is until he remembers his mother and father and his own little bed at home. It takes the cloud queen, the man in the moon, and a few more magic words to return Albert to earth.
"It's hardly a new theme: a child finds himself in a new world where each day offers yet another fantastic experience. Eventually, however, the child yearns for the familiarity of home. In the hands of the incomparable Burningham, this familiar story takes on new depth and poignancy while never losing the giddy appeal of adventure. A stunning book . . . It promises to resonate with readers of all ages." —Publishers Weekly starred review
"One of the finest and most original writers at work today." —The New Yorker
"A matter-of-fact tone and economy of words, in combination with whimsical illustrations, create a buoyant, high-flying fantasy greater than the sum of its parts." —Kirkus Reviews
Paperback edition of this picture book about Albert, a small boy who falls off a mountain but is rescued by the Cloud Children. These children are feather light and live in the sky with the rainbows and clouds. Albert stays for a while but soon he is missing his home. The hardback of "Whadayamean" is published by Cape this month, and several other titles are being reissued in Red Fox. Readership level: 3 - 7 years.
About the Author
John Burningham is one of the most prestigious and well-loved illustrators working in the children's book field today. Trained at the Central School of Art, his first picture book, Borka, was published in 1963. He has won the Kate Greenaway Award twice and has enjoyed a very distinguished career.