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Hiding behind his new cumulonimbus friend, the boy enters an area resembling Grand Central Station (complete with "Arrivals" and "Departures" boards) and watches officious human types in uniform giving the clouds their weather assignments. When the clouds complain to the boy that their assigned shapes are boring, he, a talented artist, creates new blueprints for them. The stuffy grownups are furious when clouds start emerging in the shape of fantastic fish; they shout at the clouds, tear up the new designs, and escort the boy back to his school group. But the revolt of the clouds is unstoppable now, and in the last few pages the skies over Manhattan suddenly get a lot more interesting. (Click to see a sample spread. Copyright 1999 by David Wiesner. With permission of Clarion Books.) (Ages 2 to 8) --Richard Farr
Of all the children's books I have read, this one stands out as my all time favorite.
Evaluation: David Wiesner's Caldecott Honor award winning book allows readers to create the text and interpretations within their minds.
Your children can understand this story perfectly -- it's fun for them to tell YOU the story from this wordless book.
Gorgeous pictures and nice story. Read it to your child once and from then on, he can read the story to you or himself and see new things all the time. OR let him puzzle through. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Patricia
Great artwork and allows one to tell the story in his/her own way.Published 2 months ago by Dakini Jun
Creating a wordless picture book is very hard to do well. Wiesner does better than well in Sector 7. This story is every little boy's dream. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sunshine on A Rainy Day
This book contains beautiful pictures, but be warned, there are NO WORDS. So this book isn't one you can read to a class or as a nighttime story.Published 4 months ago by Ann Marie Haynes
Beautiful art. Inspires imagination. Purchased for children ages 6 and 8. It's one of their favorites.Published 4 months ago by Violet
Who doesn't love picture books? And this one is a marvel. Childrens' books like these stir up our imaginations taking us back to childhood's certain knowledge that amazing... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Susan Seymour
I enjoy almost every David Wiesner book I pick up. This one is in my top 5 favorites of his. Beautifully illustrated, cute and thought-provoking story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Charlie Chaplin
Another wonderfully illustrated book by David Wiesner. His books are well thought out and entertaining. My kids love his books. Read morePublished 10 months ago by perrymasonary