Synopses & Reviews
Award-winning illustrator Julie Paschkis paints a vibrant and delectable story of love, the power of imagination, and a most unusual cake recipe To Alfonso, the world is a magical place filled with possibility. He loves beautiful, kind, brilliant Ida; but she doesn't seem to notice him. So Alfonso, with an imagination as big as the sea, dreams up a very special cake recipe. He mixes some soft butter that he's plucked from the summer sun. He sifts in a cup of flour like snowflakes from a night sky. He adds three wishes, one bitter and two sweet. At last the cake is done, and he shares it with his beloved Ida, who finally discovers that wonders can be hidden in even the simplest things.
"A story that exudes a pervasive sense of magic and underscores how far one gladly will go in the name of love."and#8212;Publishers Weekly,
starred review and#160; "Sweethearts of any age will celebrate the joy of love and shared simple pleasures."and#8212;Kirkus
"The fine detail in the fantastical gouache-and-ink scenes demands close-up viewing--and possibly a post-storytime treat."and#8212;Booklist
"This story is a celebration of the imagination and should spark discussions about solving problems creatively."and#8212;School Library Journal
"There's a genuine sweetness to Julie Paschkis's story."and#8212;New York Times Online
"The simple text conveys the power of love and imagination. . . Absolutely enchanting."and#8212;Cleveland.com
*"The poems beautifully show how color and sound create mood and imagery."
* and#8220;Using poems and pictures, this modern bestiary proves a fascinating introduction to mythical creatures from different cultures. . . . Each creature is described in a poem capturing some of its unique features as well as its mystery. . . . End-pages ingeniously unite the curious creatures providing the perfect start and finish to this little masterpiece.and#8221; (starred review)
In thisand#160;lovelyand#160;valentine ofand#160;aand#160;book, award-winning author and illustrator Julie Paschkis has createdand#160;aand#160;joyous story about imagination, love, and cake that gives young readers a glimpse of the extraordinary world that can be hidden in the simplest of things, if only they open their eyes to look. A recipe for the cake is included.
In this lovely valentine of a book, Julie Paschkis offers young readers a glimpse of the extraordinary world that can be hidden in the simplest of things. Alfonso loves his colorful, magical existence. He also loves the brilliant, beautiful Ida. But Ida, nose in a book, just doesnand#8217;t seem to notice. Can he win her heart with a cake of his own creation if the salt is gathered from the deep blue ocean, the butter from the summer sun, and flour like snowflakes from a night sky? An exquisitely illustrated story about imagination for children, but also a wonderful gift for lovestruck adults. (A treasured family recipe for apple cake included!)
An innovative, gorgeously illustrated collection of color- and animal-themed original poems.
Have you ever seen a yellow elephant, glowing in the jungle sun?
Have you seen a green frog--splash!--turn blue?
Or a red donkey throw a red-hot tantrum?
In this bright bestiary, poet Julie Larios and painter Julie Paschkis cast a menagerie of animals in brilliantly unexpected hues--encouraging us to see the familiar in surprising new ways.
Who is half gallop, half walk? Who can turn you to stone with one look? Whose voice do you hear in the splash on the shore?and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Centaurs, mermaids, and other curious creatures populate these wondrous poems and paintings, inspired by a mythological world full of imagination and mystery.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Includes end notes about cultures and legends.
About the Author
is the author of several picture books and is a prizewinning poet for children and adults. She is on the faculty of the Vermont College Writing for Children and Young Adults program and lives in Seattle, Washington.
JULIE PASCHKIS has illustrated numerous books for children and has had her paintings featured in many gallery shows. She lives in Seattle, Washington.