Synopses & Reviews
This book is about a book. A magical red book without any words. When you turn the pages youand#8217;ll experience a new kind of adventure through the power of story.Winning a Caldecott Honor for itsand#160;illustrations of rare detail and surprise, The Red Book crosses oceans and continents to deliver one girl into a new world of possibility, where a friend sheand#8217;s never met is waiting. And as with the best of books, at the conclusion of the story, the journey is not over.
"Paul (Sunday Love) uses clever wordplay for the text of her story, starting with the word 'plan,' then adding or subtracting a single letter to create each subsequent word: 'plan... plane... planet.' The plot is complex, but easy to follow in Caldecott Honor winner Lehman's (The Red Book) neatly drafted panels. A farm girl in overalls, wondering about the plane sitting unused in her yard, uses a key to open a room full of memories. Her parents were once stunt pilots, she discovers in a scrapbook album. The photos prove an inspiration; the father realizes that his daughter is old enough to fly with him, and they ready their plane so they can set off into the sky probably not to Saturn, the 'planet' of the girl's 'plan,' but as close as they can get. The presence of the family dog (something of an aviator, himself) brings additional sweetness, while a panel of father and daughter visiting her mother's grave strikes a somber note. This lovely story blends a sense of rootedness with the spirit of exploration a rare combination. Ages 4 7. Author's agent: Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges, Studio Goodwin Sturges. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Lehman's story captures the magical possibility that exists every time readers open a book.
School Library Journal, Starred
Simple, nicely drawn, and a friendly toast to the imagination.
The author's simply drawn art...is appropriate to a pleasing puzzle that will challenge young imaginations and intellects.
Lehman's creation recalls old-fashioned English adventure stories that use charmed means to bring coddled children outdoors for healthy fun. Now even nonreaders can have a magic adventure story of their very own; they'll treasure it.
Publishers Weekly, Starred
This wordless story is straightforward but not predictable. . . . This appealing rainy-day tale will stir the imagination of those who have ever looked for something to do on a gloomy day.
School Library Journal, Starred
Lehman compacts a wealth of storytelling into her wordless narrative. . . . Another surrealist triumph from a vigorous emerging talent.
Kirkus Reviews, Starred
Once again, Lehman provides purely colored, precisely rendered artwork that capably captures both adventures and emotions.
This wordless book is close kin to Lehman's 2005 Caldecott Honor, The Red Book: again, clean, rectilinear compositions connote confinement of place and spirit, though the heavy, rough-edged drafting has a softer effect here, lightened by vistas of sea, sky, and happy children. The motif of an imaginative journey to a place virtually the opposite of the one escaped also recurs, though with significant differences: except for the not-quite-impossible tunnel and mood-reflecting weather, this is a realistic tale of finding friendship--or, perhaps, of overcoming sadness. . . . And there are plenty of significant visual details and connections to mull over as viewers put these curious events into words.
"[T[he torn-and-cut paper compositions, in a rich palette...have an attractive balance of image and action." Booklist 10/01/07 Booklist, ALA
"[The] collages favor bold compositions made up of surprisingly delicately patterned components." PW 10/8/07 Publishers Weekly
"[C]lever and engaging...fans of slightly spooky stories will enjoy the tale's atmosphere." SLJ November 2007 School Library Journal
"Once again, Lehman's spacious, boldly outlined pictures tell a deceptively simple story that demands repeated visits." Booklist Jan 1 2008 Booklist, ALA
"Once again, Lehman... demonstrates her extraordinary knack for storytelling sans words." Horn Book March/April 2008 Horn Book
"Lehman employs the visual language of serial storytelling in masterly fashion...Comfortably mind-bending." Kirkus 3/15/08 Kirkus Reviews
"...the surprise on the final spreadsand#133;brings...a playful challenge, to the way readers look at the world around them." PW starred Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Lehman's simple fantasy offers a positive lesson on helping others that will stretch readers' imaginations." July 2008 School Library Journal
"Another mindbending forray into a wordless metafictive narrative. . . . It's a playful subtle celebration of the possibilities offered by seemingly dry and dusty museums and, like museums, entirely worthy of several lengthy visits." -Kirkus, starred Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"Another winning picture book that blurs real and imagined worlds. . . . The sturdiness and clarity of the ink-lined, watercolor-and-gouache art juxtaposes wonderfully with the storyand#8217;s airy world of imagination." and#151;Booklist Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"An equally evocative wordless sequence." -- Publishers Weekly, starred Publishers Weekly, Starred
"The payoff will come for those who are willing to make return trips to scan for clues (who else is wearing a medal?) -- as well as for those inspired to travel to a real museum as soon as possible." --Horn Book Horn Book
Lehman is a great miniaturist and copyist. She packs her museum with tiny, lively versions of modern paintings. And her watercolor labyrinths, subtly marked with stains, stamps and folds, have the spirit of Saul Steinberg's stylized drawing of official documents. She is witty, too.
The New York Times Book Review
andquot;In this slapstick picture book, printed in black, white, and red, lovelorn Bruno the Burglarandmdash;in prison stripes, mask, and ball-and-chainandmdash;uses a spoon to tunnel out of the Big House on Valentine's Day. Employing comic-style panels, Paul (The Crow [A Not So Scary Story]) creates a wordless tale, except for some sound effects like the andldquo;wwwhee waaaaandrdquo; of the prison siren and pursuers' shouts of andldquo;Halt! Halt!andrdquo; At last Bruno reaches his destination, an ice-cream parlor that reveals his true love (and the title's double meaning).andquot;--Publishers Weekly
andquot;This graphic novel in picture-book format is a slapstick tale of a lovelorn burglar digging his way out of andquot;The Big Houseandquot; on Valentineandrsquo;s Day. Brunoandrsquo;s quest for the mysterious object of his affection unfolds in a skirmish reminiscent of the Keystone Cops...The bold, shrewd use of just three colorsandndash;black, white, and redandndash;subtly underscores the meaning of every drawing. This clever caper includes many amusing visual details for the easy-reader set and for graphic-novel fans.andquot;--School Library Journal
* andquot;Warmhearted and joyful.andquot;
andmdash;Kirkus, starred review
Imagination takes flight in Alison Paul and Caldecott Honor artist Barbara Lehmanand#39;s picture book about the power of dreaming big and making plans.
As a father and daughter cope with a loss, they rediscover an important piece of family history and begin building a new life. Alison Paul and Barbara Lehmanand#39;s innovative picture book collaboration proves the only difference between reality and a dream . . . is a plan.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;
It can be lonely sometimes on a rainy day in a big house with no one else around and thereand#8217;s only the quiet to keep you company. But if you find a key, a mysterious key, that leads you to an unexpected place . . . chances are your afternoon is about to get a lot more interesting.
Here is a not so scary story about a girl who sees a crow outside her windowand#151;and what can happen when you let your imagination get the better of you. Kids will find this spooky story compelling and adults may recognize it as a fun and creative riff on Edgar Allan Poeand#8217;s and#147;The Raven.and#8221;
A ride on the train is exciting. Thereand#8217;s always something new to see, even if youand#8217;ve been there before.
But some train rides are better than others . . .
What if a train took you somewhere else entirely? What if the doors opened in a strange, new place? This is one train stop you wonand#8217;t want to miss!
Museums: filled with mysterious, magical art and curiosities? Or secrets? And what might happen if a boy suddenly became part of one of the mind-bending exhibits? Join the fun in Museum Trip, by Barbara Lehman, the author-illustrator of the Caldecott Honorand#150;winning The Red Book.
Some things just go together like
chocolate and vanilla,
Valentines and hearts,
Bruno and his one true love.
Can you blame him?
This is a romance every sweet
tooth can relate to . . .
Children especially will love following the action in this black, white, and red adventure that celebrates everyoneandrsquo;s favorite dessert.
About the Author
Alison Paul was born on a Halloween morning. (Her parents are still wonder whether she was a trick or a treat.) She grew up in sunny California and lived a comfortable, snow-free existence until attending the Rhode Island School of Design. She currently lives in Providence and is an art professor at the University of Connecticut.Barbara Lehman has illustrated many books for children. Born in Chicago, Barbara attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where she earned a BFA in communication design. A full-time illustrator, Barbara says, and#8220;Books and art have always held the strongest attraction for me. I have always felt drawn to and#8216;commercial artand#8217; because of its ability to reach many people. I like the idea of being part of the media in a meaningful and thoughtful way, especially with children as the audience.and#8221; She now lives in Philmont, New York.