Mathilda lives in a small world with green grass and gray sheep. Then she spies an orange balloon floating in the air. She had never seen anything so magnificent. Suddenly, Mathilda has a new thought: “Orange balloon . . . That's me!” The other sheep laugh: “You're a gray sheep. And you'll always be a gray sheep.” But Mathilda disagrees. She identifies herself with the balloon and finds she can fly, and that she's tough like an orange tiger, and as warm as the sun. And if she can be an orange balloon, she can be anything. The message of empowerment may be a bit muddled for the target audience, but they'll certainly enjoy looking at the charming line-and-watercolor illustrations, as effervescent as an orange balloon. And even if little ones don't quite understand how a gray sheep (who actually sports a yellow glow) can be an orange balloon, they'll get the idea that imagination can take them right up in the air. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper
Praise for Randall de Seve:“With plenty of buoyant charm and imaginative artwork, this contemporary Little Toot has an abundance of child appeal.” (Booklist (starred review) )
Praise for Jen Corace, Hansel and Gretel:“Corace’s distinctive illustrations feature strong composition, confident line work, and a fine sense of color.” (Booklist )
Praise for Jen Corace, LITTLE HOOT:“Corace’s illustrations similarly provide bounce and verve.” (New York Times (review by Daniel Handler) )
Praise for Jen Corace, LITTLE HOOT:“Another captivating, crowd-pleasing twist” (Kirkus Reviews )
Praise for Jen Corace, LITTLE PEA:“Corace’s warmhearted ink-and-watercolor paintings plays up the most of ample white space, which plays up the vibrant greenness of the Pea family.” (Publishers Weekly )
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