UP by Joe Cepeda


From the "I Like to Read" series
by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 7
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One gusty fall morning, a surprise blows through an open window into the bedroom of two sleeping children, both with dark hair and light-brown skin. It’s a pinwheel!

“Look,” says the smaller child, grasping the toy, and thus begins a windswept adventure. The child floats out the window with a jubilant expression that makes it clear that this is not a scary occurrence but a delightful one. Floating along, topsy-turvy on the turbulent air current, the child encounters several farm animals also caught up in the squall. The simple sentence structure—“I see a…”—repeats for four spreads naming several common animals, which also seem surprised but not frightened to have temporarily lost their contact with the ground. This predicament resolves when they are depicted returning to their barn as the child narrates, “They go home.” On the next spread, the child too returns home from this unexpected excursion. The whimsical digital illustrations are full of movement. Cepeda uses plenty of white space and creative perspectives to express the fantastic squall that keeps the child soaring above roofs and treetops. The sparse text (just 27 one-syllable words), repetition, and expressive illustration make this an appropriate choice for children beginning to read independently.

An accessible and imaginative title for emergent readers just learning to decode and understand the written word. (Early reader. 3-7)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-8234-3655-2
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Holiday House
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2016


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