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Author: Miyares, Daniel
Wordless picture book about a boy who loses his paper boat in the rain.
Kirkus Reviews (03/15/15)
School Library Journal (+) (03/01/15)
The Hornbook (+) (00/05/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2015 PreS-Gr 3—A boy clad in a bright yellow raincoat and hat graces the cover, recalling Ezra Jack Keats's A Letter to Amy (Viking, 1968). This homage to Peter's dance with an invitation has its own tale to tell, but those in the know will enjoy noticing the connections: the attire, fence, special effects with water, and paper journeys. Miyares's wordless adventure, employing panels of varying sizes, opens with a father and son forming an origami boat from a newspaper. The setting is monochromatic except for the child's clothing and significant spots of pink and blue on the newsprint. Soon after the child rushes outdoors for the launch, rain forces him to shield the boat inside his slicker. Long, gray digital strokes create an impressionistic shower around the blurry boy; clarity resumes as the storm recedes. The artist plays with aerial views and simultaneous succession, e.g., six sun-colored, puddle-jumping protagonists in one scene, until the current sweeps the boat through several pages to a sewer-fed stream. The soppy page is returned to Dad, who has hugs, cocoa, and a new idea for the next sheet of paper. This time when the door opens, sunshine floods the room and a plane is about to lift off. This warm family story models rainy-day fun and just the right amount of parental intervention. Endpapers provide directions for both forms of transportation. VERDICT The thoughtful use of color, perspective, and texture makes following this young "maker's" projects a visual pleasure.—Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 06/01/2015 A young fellow in a bright yellow slicker has a great play day planned despite gray skies. In fact, it’s even better after a downpour creates puddles and rivers in the gutters for the newspaper boat he has made. But after his boat slides down a grate and into the blackness of the sewer, he is despondent and trudges home. After he dries off and gets back to playing, his mood is lifted by more folding. All is well when he emerges from the shadowy house into brilliant sunshine, ready to fly his new paper plane. Using exclusively wordless pages in blacks, grays, and dusty whites, with occasional splashes of sunny yellow, Miyares movingly makes the little boy’s every emotion crystal clear. Miyares’ use of changing perspectives and page spreads that shift from panoramic views to series of smaller panels give the story a cinematic feel. With folding instructions on the endpapers, this will likely become a repeat favorite, particularly for little ones still learning to read on their own. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.