ERIC, THE BOY WHO LOST HIS GRAVITY by Jenni  Desmond

ERIC, THE BOY WHO LOST HIS GRAVITY

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

In a challenge to tales in which children rise in the air when elated, Eric and his toddler sister, Alice, both float upward when “very angry.” Happiness literally re-grounds them.

The turf is familiar enough at the opening double-page spread: a nuclear family inside their domicile on a rainy day, with Eric happily pushing a train along railroad tracks and Alice approaching him with her toy bunny. It’s all clearly happened before. Alice pesters Eric, then Eric is blamed for upsetting Alice. This leads to Eric’s angry elevation and eventual entrapment in a tree. There are pleasing, unexpected touches: Their mom reads the newspaper while their dad irons; the paper has metafictive headlines referring to both this book and another by the author; there is an excellent aerial view of the room from Eric’s new perspective. Throughout, a combination of watercolor, collage and stark pencil lines complement a text that combines simple sentences in a sans-serif typeface with additional penned-in words, as in a series of “AARGH”s that follow a simultaneous succession of angry Erics slowly losing gravity. The story ends in a sweet sibling reunion, as Eric restores to Alice her beloved bunny. Although this book has much to offer, the darkly scrawled marks that represent facial expressions are often grotesque; furious, jagged mouths express the children’s anger.

Sturdy children, particularly those with siblings, will respond to the starkness of emotions expressed. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 11th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-60905-348-2
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Blue Apple
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2014




MORE BY JENNI DESMOND

ChildrenTHE BLUE WHALE by Jenni  Desmond
by Jenni Desmond
ChildrenTHE FIRST SLODGE by Jeanne Willis
by Jeanne Willis
ChildrenRED CAT BLUE CAT by Jenni  Desmond
by Jenni Desmond

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenWHAT A GOOD BIG BROTHER! by Diane Wright Landolf
by Diane Wright Landolf
ChildrenA NEW FRIEND FOR MARMALADE by Alison Reynolds
by Alison Reynolds
ChildrenBIG RED LOLLIPOP by Rukhsana Khan
by Rukhsana Khan