PreS-Gr 3-Two songs from the musical Peter Pan, "I'm Flying" and "Never Never Land," tell the story of that very enchanted night in which Peter first arrived in the Darling children's room and their subsequent journey to Neverland. The pastel-colored watercolors evoke the quiet wonder of a world enchanted by fairy dust. Pale grays and blue/green grays contrast with warm yellows and peaches, creating a world aglow at night. And, of course, there is TinkerBell, "no bigger than a pinprick of light." Peter looks like a harmless orphaned wild boy with a vine still clinging to his back and his hair akimbo. Bold type offsets the story that frames the italicized lyrics. The colors are lovely. The lyrics are elegant and timeless with Peter singing, "I'm FLYING!/Flying, flying, flying./I can soar, I can weave./And what's more,/I'm not even trying."-Teresa Pfeifer, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
High praise for Blue Apple's picture book rendition of Comden and Green's What's New at the Zoo?:
*"...the lyrics of the Tony-winning duo scan perfectly. Green's widow, Phyllis Newman adds an appealing introduction and afterword. Fresh and vintage at the same time."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred
*A Kirkus Best Books of 2011 selection
"With fun lift-the-flap details and tummy-tickling rhymes, this book will appeal to fans of slapstick humor. The cartoon illustrations really bring the silliness to life. A great read-aloud with an interesting history and musical connection."
--School Library Journal