Simple, almost folktalelike text celebrates the imagination in this visually dense offering.

FOOTPRINTS IN THE CLOUDS

A boy who believes his magic socks are the reason for his grand adventures learns the real magic lies within.

Perched in the treetops, a bespectacled boy in red socks travels to faraway lands, where he climbs mountains, swims rivers, and plays with animals among the clouds. To him, his socks make it all possible, and without them there would be no journey, no return home. But when he finds himself barefoot midadventure, the black-haired, light-complexioned Tom realizes his imagination is the real key to his travels. Densely textured backgrounds done in watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and paper collage stand in contrast to the simplified human protagonist. The vibrant palette and kinetic flurry of energy on the spreads make each vignette a fascinating stand-alone piece. While much skill is applied to the texturing and design of the creatures, however, at times there is so much layering of color and contrast of textures that details are lost and images almost appear neutral—although close inspection can unearth hidden treasures in the art, suggesting that this title will work better one-on-one with a reader in a lap than in a group.

Simple, almost folktalelike text celebrates the imagination in this visually dense offering. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-76036-055-9

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Starfish Bay

Review Posted Online: May 12, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2019

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THE GIRL WHO LOVED WILD HORSES

            There are many parallel legends – the seal women, for example, with their strange sad longings – but none is more direct than this American Indian story of a girl who is carried away in a horses’ stampede…to ride thenceforth by the side of a beautiful stallion who leads the wild horses.  The girl had always loved horses, and seemed to understand them “in a special way”; a year after her disappearance her people find her riding beside the stallion, calf in tow, and take her home despite his strong resistance.  But she is unhappy and returns to the stallion; after that, a beautiful mare is seen riding always beside him.  Goble tells the story soberly, allowing it to settle, to find its own level.  The illustrations are in the familiar striking Goble style, but softened out here and there with masses of flowers and foliage – suitable perhaps for the switch in subject matter from war to love, but we miss the spanking clean design of Custer’s Last Battle and The Fetterman Fight.          6-7

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1978

ISBN: 0689845049

Page Count: -

Publisher: Bradbury

Review Posted Online: April 26, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1978

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A culturally intricate slice of a lupine courier’s life.

¡VAMOS! LET'S GO TO THE MARKET

From the ¡Vamos! series

Little Lobo and his dog, Bernabé, journey through a Mexican mercado delivering diverse goods to a variety of booths.

With the aid of red words splattered throughout the spreads as labels, Raúl the Third gives an introduction to Spanish vocabulary as Little Lobo, an anthropomorphic wolf, leaves his house, fills his cart with objects from his warehouse, and delivers them to the market’s vendors. The journey also serves as a crash course in Mexican culture, as the images are packed with intertextual details such as food, traditional games, and characters, including Cantinflas, Frida Khalo, and Juan Gabriel. Readers acquainted with Raúl the Third’s characters from his Lowriders series with author Cathy Camper will appreciate cameos from familiar characters. As he makes his rounds, Little Lobo also collects different artifacts that people offer in exchange for his deliveries of shoe polish, clothespins, wood, tissue paper, paintbrushes, and a pair of golden laces. Although Raúl the Third departs from the ball-pen illustrations that he is known for, his depiction of creatures and critters peppering the borderland where his stories are set remains in his trademark style. The softer hues in the illustrations (chosen by colorist Bay) keep the busy compositions friendly, and the halftone patterns filling the illustrations create foregrounds and backgrounds reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein’s pointillism.

A culturally intricate slice of a lupine courier’s life. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: April 2, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-328-55726-1

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Versify/HMH

Review Posted Online: Jan. 15, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2019

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