TRAMPOLINE BOY by Nan Forler

TRAMPOLINE BOY

by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 6
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

As one might guess from the book’s title, an otherwise unnamed boy with bangs that cover his eyes is obsessed with bouncing on his trampoline.

He bounces from morning to night, reaching magical heights, from which he is able to see red-winged blackbirds flying past, “airplanes drawing curly-cues,” and “wispy white clouds.” His obsession draws unwelcome attention from passing schoolchildren, who mock his constant bouncing. “Can’t you do anything else?” they taunt. “He is so weird” The boy’s lack of social connection suggests he may be on the spectrum. Only one child is drawn into his bouncy, magical world, an extremely shy and hesitant little girl named Peaches. She watches him for a long time before he notices her. Finally he realizes that Peaches is not mocking and really wants to know “what you see / up there in that blue, blue sky.” They stare into each other’s eyes and, holding hands, they bounce up and up and up. An unusual tall format, ideal for the vertical subject matter, and Arbona’s bright, quirky postmodern illustrations make this an attractive production. Both children have pale skin; Peaches' eyes are open wide, while Trampoline Boy's appear permanently closed when they aren't obscured by his bangs, which heightens his emotional distance. While the connection between outsiders is warming, it is oblique, as wispy as the clouds they bounce through. Safety-conscious adults will suck their teeth at the trampoline, which does not have even a net around it.

Doesn’t get off the ground. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 16th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-77049-830-3
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Tundra
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2018




MORE BY MARION ARBONA

ChildrenMY WOUNDED ISLAND by Jacques Pasquet
by Jacques Pasquet
ChildrenUNDER THE UMBRELLA by Catherine Buquet
by Catherine Buquet
ChildrenTHE GOOD LITTLE BOOK by Kyo Maclear
by Kyo Maclear

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenBE A FRIEND by Salina Yoon
by Salina Yoon
ChildrenSLUG DAYS by Sara Leach
by Sara Leach
ChildrenFLYING by Kevin Luthardt
by Kevin Luthardt