ROBINSON by Peter Sís
Kirkus Star

ROBINSON

by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8
BUY NOW FROM
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Sís takes readers on a journey to a Slumberland-esque island that reinforces the joys of storytelling and would make Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo proud.

In this gorgeously illustrated picture book, the author pays homage to his literary forbears and allows readers to experience the seductive imaginative power that enables readers to disappear into and embody the stories they love. The protagonist—based on Sís himself—and his friends (a multiethnic group) love nothing more than playing at being pirates. When their school hosts a costume contest, the white boy’s mother convinces him to dress as Robinson Crusoe, his favorite hero, instead of a pirate. Like Michael Ende’s Bastian Balthazar Bux, the boy is teased for daring to be different and escapes into his imagination to find courage and adventure. As the sepia tones of the real world give way to the luxuriant, water-colored dreamscape, readers will lose themselves in the lush greens of the trees used to build the protagonist’s forest home and long to swim in the deep blue water swirling around the island paradise (populated only by friendly animals—no Man Friday here). Experimentation in different artistic styles further enhances the creativity and otherworldly quality of Sís’ landscape. The author’s note at the end also proves delightful.

An enchanting love letter to the magic of childhood and the fertile relationship between good literature and young readers’ imaginations. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-545-73166-9
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2017




BEST PICTURE BOOKS OF 2017 FOR CONTEMPLATIVE READERS:

ChildrenWHY AM I ME? by Paige Britt
by Paige Britt
ChildrenWALK WITH ME by Jairo Buitrago
by Jairo Buitrago
ChildrenTHE ROAD HOME by Katie Cotton
by Katie Cotton
ChildrenA WALK IN THE FOREST by Maria Dek
by Maria Dek

MORE BY PETER SÍS

ChildrenICE CREAM SUMMER by Peter Sís
by Peter Sís
ChildrenTHE PILOT AND THE LITTLE PRINCE by Peter Sís
by Peter Sís

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenIN A SMALL KINGDOM by Tomie dePaola
by Tomie dePaola
ChildrenTHE ADVENTURES OF WRONG MAN AND POWER GIRL! by C. Alexander London
by C. Alexander London
ChildrenA CHILD OF BOOKS by Oliver Jeffers
by Oliver Jeffers
ChildrenTHE NIGHT GARDENER by Terry Fan
by Terry Fan