|Wildflowers (Toon into reading)|
Sisters embark on an adventure of the imagination through the jungles of a mysterious island which reveals the unbreakable bond they share. In graphic novel format.
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Kirkus Reviews (+) (04/15/21)
School Library Journal (+) (05/14/21)
The Hornbook (+) (00/07/21)
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Booklist - 03/15/2021 Liniers (Goodnight, Planet, 2017) brings his signature art style and quiet whimsy to this story of three sisters on an imaginative adventure. It begins with a bird’s-eye view of an island where a plane has crashed, and the sisters set out to explore. They meet giant flowers, one of which declares one sister the “strangest wildflower I have ever seen!” They find a tiny gorilla living in a miniscule house set in a tree. They encounter a dragon, which sets them running through the glade. Each of these discoveries seems ephemeral, as the sisters quickly move on the next adventure. Liniers adheres closely to the particulars of childhood imaginative games, including some off-kilter moments, like when one sister cartoonishly loses a leg to the dragon or when another expresses inexplicable sadness. The fine-lined artwork, meanwhile, rendered in ink and rich watercolor washes, offers a compelling combination of realistic images (zinnias, the gorilla, tree bark) and stylized figures, echoing the way the sisters’ game is inspired by their real-life surroundings. A winsome comic, perfectly pitched to emerging readers. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/14/2021 K-Gr 3—This mesmerizing tale of three sisters blurs the lines of fantasy and reality. In the wake of a plane crash, the siblings, all white, become stranded on a remote island, where they come across talking wildflowers, a pocket-size gorilla, and popcorn snow flurries. A sign reads, "Only reality can kill a dragon," foreshadowing a treacherous encounter—and offering a clue as to what's really going on here. The comic-style panels highlight nuances such as characters' facial expressions and plot details to strengthen visual literacy skills. Liniers's artwork is highly captivating, and the ink and watercolor designs bring to life a rich natural setting and the adventures that take place on the island. VERDICT Liniers's third graphic novel inspired by his daughters (after The Big Wet Balloon and Good Night, Planet) is a dazzling ode to the magic of childhood. A must for all graphic novel collections.—Claire Moore, Manhattan Beach Lib., CA - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.