For space fans with great imaginations, this will inspire further adventures.

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MIA AND THE ROCKET SHIP TREE

A little girl realizes that some adventures are fun on their own, but others really deserve friends in this self-illustrated ode to imagination from debut creator Gavish.

Blonde and blue-eyed Mia, wearing an orange spacesuit, and her koala robot, Koalabo, love to have space adventures. When they get to the park, Mia invites her friends (who have different skin tones; one of whom is in a wheelchair) to play space games. This is obviously Mia’s favorite game, and her friends don’t want to play it again, inviting her to join their games instead. But Mia and Koalabo are determined. They go to their treehouse rocket ship and travel to the purple planet of the Space Ticklers. At first, the ticklers don’t want her to play. Mia quickly proves that she’s a champion tickler, and they let her join. Eventually Mia gets bored of tickling—the only game the ticklers want to play. After a daring escape, Mia and Koalabo return home, where Mia takes off her spacesuit to have fun with her friends. Gavish’s acrylics on canvas add an eye-catching energy, with every space vista more outlandish than the next—scenes of “super sticky rainbow tickles” that Mia has to escape and clever koala-robot martial arts. Children who like to play the same game over and over again may get the subtle hint that sometimes it’s better to be social than always choose the same game, but it’s a low-key moral surrounded by brilliant colors, aliens, and robots.

For space fans with great imaginations, this will inspire further adventures.

Pub Date: March 31, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-9997532-1-4

Page Count: 44

Publisher: Koalabo Publishing

Review Posted Online: June 16, 2018

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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THE LORAX

The greening of Dr. Seuss, in an ecology fable with an obvious message but a savingly silly style. In the desolate land of the Lifted Lorax, an aged creature called the Once-ler tells a young visitor how he arrived long ago in the then glorious country and began manufacturing anomalous objects called Thneeds from "the bright-colored tufts of the Truffula Trees." Despite protests from the Lorax, a native "who speaks for the trees," he continues to chop down Truffulas until he drives away the Brown Bar-ba-loots who had fed on the Tuffula fruit, the Swomee-Swans who can't sing a note for the smogulous smoke, and the Humming-Fish who had hummed in the pond now glumped up with Gluppity-Glupp. As for the Once-let, "1 went right on biggering, selling more Thneeds./ And I biggered my money, which everyone needs" — until the last Truffula falls. But one seed is left, and the Once-let hands it to his listener, with a message from the Lorax: "UNLESS someone like you/ cares a whole awful lot,/ nothing is going to get better./ It's not." The spontaneous madness of the old Dr. Seuss is absent here, but so is the boredom he often induced (in parents, anyway) with one ridiculous invention after another. And if the Once-let doesn't match the Grinch for sheer irresistible cussedness, he is stealing a lot more than Christmas and his story just might induce a generation of six-year-olds to care a whole lot.

Pub Date: Aug. 12, 1971

ISBN: 0394823370

Page Count: 72

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Oct. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1971

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