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HE SAVES THE DAY by Marsha Hayles

HE SAVES THE DAY

By Marsha Hayles (Author) , Lynne Cravath (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-399-23363-6
Publisher: Putnam

A simple rhymed tribute to the young imagination that revels in speed in daring. The daring may all be in his head, but it is vibrant enough on the page, caught in a blow-your-hair-back style of cool colors. First the boy pulls his jet out of a deadly dive—“With wing flaps down / And spirits high, / HE SAVES THE DAY! / Again he flies!”—then he noses out the competition in a Grand Prix race. He tackles pirates with aplomb—“His cannons flash, / Those villains flee. / HE SAVES THE DAY! / Such bravery!”—and he dodges wild creatures in the rain forest. But when there is a bit of thick going with a fire-breathing dragon, he gets some welcome help from mom—yes, SHE SAVES THE DAY! Cravath (The Pizza That We Made, not reviewed, etc.) does a good job depicting how playing with toys can launch greater imaginative leaps—the visual movement from getting on a rocking horse to charging the dragon’s den is silky smooth—and the rhyme provides plenty of additional energy, for no doubt this is one hellzapoppin’ adventure. (Picture book. 4-7)