GARCIA & COLETTE GO EXPLORING by Hannah Barnaby
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GARCIA & COLETTE GO EXPLORING

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A rabbit and a fox who are close friends decide to take trips to space and under the sea, separated by distance but in perfect harmony.

Clearly best buds, Garcia and Colette nevertheless can’t agree on a shared trip destination, so each of them goes off to build a craft: one to explore the stars, another to dive under the sea. Using a giant stack of hodgepodge items including musical instruments, Garcia and Colette construct a rocket and a submarine, respectively, pack nearly but not quite identical stacks of peanut-butter sandwiches, and go on parallel explorations. What follows is a predictable but expertly constructed dual journey, with the watery depths and dark space informing each other in clever and kinetic ways. The two distant locations bleed into each other across the gutter or serve as neighboring counterpoints when smaller panels alternate between the two. Space and the ocean depths are, of course, beautiful, quiet, and, eventually, lonely. The two friends can’t wait to meet back and, together, take a new adventure in a vast desert: “There was sand beneath their feet. There were stars above their heads. There was darkness and quiet all around them.” Illustrations are dynamic and well-juxtaposed throughout, and the full-speed-ahead enthusiasm of Garcia and Colette is infectious.

Telling one story well is enough of a challenge, but this book perfectly balances two stories and the characters within them, adding up to more than the sum. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: June 20th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-399-17675-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2017




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