Synopses & Reviews
The stars take shape in this adorable companion to Henry's Map!
One beautiful evening on the farm, Henry stares up at the sky. As he looks from star to star, they seem to form a picture. He sees it! A great big starry pig! Henry cant wait to show his friends. Yet instead of seeing the Great Pigs ears, legs, and curly tail, the sheep see a woolly body . . . the Great Sheep! Abigail sees the Great Star Cow, of course, and the chickens spot Heavenly Hens flying all over the place. Henry is frustrated. Why dont the others see what he sees?
In this charming companion to Henrys Map, David Elliot exploreswith gentle humorthe nature of art and perception. A perfect book for kids and adults who love to find shapes among the stars or anywhere else their imaginations may lead.
Praise for Henrys Map
One of School Library Journal's Best Books in 2013!
* With appealing characters and gentle humor, this book will be a hit at storytime, or as an introduction to mapping lessons.” School Library Journal, starred review
* Heres hoping for many more Henry-centric adventures.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Elliots barnyard animals brim with personality and emotion, matching the understated humor of this charming story.” Publishers Weekly
This story may even inspire budding cartographers to map their own world.” Booklist
"Stuffed animal friends Hopper the elephant and Wilson the mouse are on the move once again this time folding a piece of newsprint into a paper airplane, rather than the boat they used in 2011's Hopper and Wilson. They're on the hunt for the perfect star for a night-light; once again, the conflict revolves around the pair being separated, which happens when Wilson wanders over to the dark side of the moon during a pit stop. While the plot retread is a bit disappointing, van Lieshout compensates with gorgeous celestial expanses of purple and black sprayed with tiny five-point stars, creating a real sense of wonder and awe. Ages 5 8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Children will immediately like these two funny little guys, whose exposed stitching make them seem both Velveteen and vulnerable. They’ll also fall for the book’s soothing cadence and rolling rhythms. . . Winsomely ambiguous and otherworldly, this sweet, quirky story offers fantastic footholds for dizzying discussion”
“Scenic, dreamy, and dramatic . . . conveys a vast range of emotions and paints a picture of the love and trust between true friends.”—School Library Journal
"This was my (Phil’s) absolute favorite book of the year. I love this book. Erin and I taught a writing workshop this year as a fundraiser. We made sure to read this book aloud to a room of adults as an example of how to write a beautiful book."
—Philip and Erin Stead, author and illustrator of Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee
"Hopper and Wilson, two stitched-up, stuffed toys (an elephant and a mouse), sit on their dock with their pet cactus looking at the stars and decide to bring one home for a night light. . . . Children will drift along with the velvety narration, nodding, eager to join the two buddies up there amid the constellations. . . . Soft watercolors ease readers right into their celestial trip, mapping a starry sky through full-bleed saturations of dark blues and plum purples, dotted with twinkling whites and citrus-y yellows. Paper textures surface occasionally when the watercolors thin out, adding varying depths and a cirrus quality to the outer-space atmosphere. A walk to the dark side of the moon brings an acutely frightening moment for both Wilson and any sensitive reader whos been lost. Luckily, the buddies special star, the one they planned to take home, helps orient the little guy and direct him back to his friend. His tiny, mousy voice, Hoppers huge, comforting hug and all that bruised blackness make their reunion poignant and personal. An amusingly absurd adventure that shines starlight on empathy and friendship."--Kirkus Reviews
"Simply written and precise, the text reads aloud beautifully. Meanwhile, the beguiling mixed-media illustrations transport viewers into an awe-inspiring yet cozy vision of space. The new Hopper and Wilson book provides a fine balance of adventure and reassurance."--Booklist
A playful tale about friendship and home
"What," Hopper asks his little friend Wilson, "do you think it's like at the end of the world?" Hopper, the blue elephant, imagines a staircase to the moon, while Wilson, the yellow mouse, hopes for an endless supply of lemonade. So the two sail off in a boat made of paper . . . only to discover they already have everything they could wish for in each other, and at home. Maria van Lieshout's adorable new picture book tugs at heartstrings, inspires discussion, and reminds us all how good returning home can feel.
From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day the Crayons Quit comes an imaginative tale of friendship in a world where what makes us different isn't nearly as important as what makes us the same.
When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: He flies it into outer space! Millions of miles from Earth, the plane begins to sputter and quake, its fuel tank on empty. The boy executes a daring landing on the moon . . . but theres no telling what kind of slimy, slithering, tentacled, fangtoothed monsters lurk in the darkness! (Plus, its dark and lonely out there.) Coincidentally, engine trouble has stranded a young Martian on the other side of the moon, and hes just as frightened and alone. Martian, Earthlingits all the same when youre in need of a friend.
A beautiful book about friendship and the specialness of home, now in board book form!
“What,” Hopper asks his little friend Wilson, “do you think it’s like at the end of the world?” Hopper, the blue elephant, imagines a staircase to the moon, while Wilson, the yellow mouse, hopes for an endless supply of lemonade. So the two sail off in a boat made of paper . . . only to discover they already have everything they could wish for in each other, and at home.
The adorable art, simple text, and clean design will appeal to toddlers and elementary-schoolers alike. A perfect story for fans of Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.
From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day the Crayons Quit comes a story about wishing, persevering, and reaching for the stars.
Once there was a boy, and that boy loved stars very much. So much so that he decided to catch one of his very own. But how? Waiting for them to grow tired from being up in the sky all night doesn't work. Climbing to the top of the tallest tree? No, not tall enough. The boy has a rocket ship . . . but it is made of paper and doesn't fly well at all. Finally, just when the boy is ready to give up, he learns that sometimes things aren't where, or what, we expect them to be.
Oliver Jeffers offers a simple, childlike tale of reaching for the stars, and emerging with a friend.
Have you ever wanted your very own star?
Wouldn't it be wonderful to have your own star for a nightlight? It is this thought that begins Hopper and Wilson's second adventure. They fill their airplane with lemonade and soar into the night sky. So many stars to choose from! One is too pointy. One is too heavy. Another is too bright! Taking a break on the moon, the two friends look directly above and spot itthe perfect star! As Hopper lays down for a nap, Wilson ventures off on his own, to the dark side of the moon. Yet now he is lost! How can he find his way back to Hopper?
The perfect star, of course. Wilson spots it in the sky and follows it back to his friend. In another deceptively simple story, Maria van Lieshout shows how sometimes the best part of nature is that it's found only in natureand that everything has its proper place . . . be it stars or even best friends, who always belong together.
About the Author
Oliver Jeffers (www.oliverjeffersworld.com) makes art and tells stories. His books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found
, which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Childrens Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and was later adapted into an award-winning animated film; The Way Back Home; The Incredible Book Eating Boy; The Great Paper Caper; The Heart and the Bottle
, which was made into a highly acclaimed iPad application narrated by Helena Bonham Carter; Up and Down
the New York Times
; The Hueys in the New Sweater
a New York Times
Best Illustrated Book of the Year; and This Moose Belongs to Me
a New York Times
bestseller. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.