Synopses & Reviews
"As snow falls gently, Castillo's (Happy Like Soccer) woodcutlike ink-and-watercolor spreads show a boy in red boots and scarf pulling a sled, accompanied by his dog. Hest (Letters to Leo) doesn't name the boy; he's 'the reader' of the title. He takes the dog to the top of a hill, unpacks a winter picnic, and opens a book: 'The dog waits. It is hard, but he is good at waiting. And then at last the reader reads.' Castillo's cheerful, red-cheeked boy and his tail-wagging companion will engage younger viewers, while Hest's spare, lyrical writing seems directed toward an older group (the sled's 'train tracks are impeccably straight. They are beautiful'). Although the read-aloud episode is at the heart of the book, there's also satisfaction to be had from the boy's experiments with parenting as he takes his dog on an outing, reads to him like a child, and 'wraps the dog in his two strong arms.' A reassuring bedtime entry for a chilly night. Ages 4 8. Illustrator's agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In this timeless picture book, a new reader trudges through deep snow with a mysterious suitcase in tow. He has something important to share with his faithful companion, who bolts ahead to wait at the top of a tall hill. Our small hero climbs higher and higher, until finally, he is there, too. Then he opens his suitcase - click, click - and soon the only sound in the world is the sound of him reading their very favorite book to the very last page...the very last word. Amy Hest's spare evocative text is a true celebration of new readers and good friends everywhere, while Lauren Castillo's pen and ink and watercolor illustrations, with their bold saturated colors against winter white, perfectly capture the wonder and delight of this magical day.