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FOLLOW THE LINE by Laura Ljungkvist Kirkus Star


by Laura Ljungkvist & illustrated by Laura Ljungkvist

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: May 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-670-06049-6
Publisher: Viking

Harold and his purple crayon have nothing over Ljungkvist, who takes young readers along on a journey from morning to night, from city to sea to village, through page-filling scenes composed, by and large, with one continuous line. Limning simple geometric shapes, that line begins on the front cover, finishes off with a drawn “The End” on the back, and in between, outlines buildings, windows and faces, cars, street signs, sea and air craft, trees and animals—enhanced by colorful filled-in shapes that echo the drawn ones. Lines of text follow along too, inviting viewers of each scene to count flowers, fire hydrants, striped shirts, circles, bows on a kite’s tail, kittens, stars and more. As child-friendly as it is technically sophisticated, this will appeal to counters and crayon-wielders alike. (Picture book. 3-6)