- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Hardcover: 56 pages
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 5, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 153442167X
- ISBN-13: 978-1534421677
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreS-Gr 2-Both beautiful and fanciful, this wordless picture book recounts the dream journey of a little girl and her cat. As she slumbers, a portal of light appears in her bedroom, and an identical black cat-with a blue rather than red collar-appears. The visitor pounces on a red toy mouse, which he snatches as he runs back from whence he came. The girl's cat follows him with his owner, now wide awake, close behind. They encounter an undulating staircase, a roomful of colorful balls, and a bright, stripy treadmill, in a world with children of all backgrounds playing together. Hobby horses, hula hoops, sidewalk drawings, jump ropes, bubbles, and books occupy the happy youngsters. Here the girl meets her alternate self in an almost identical nightshirt-sporting a blue, rather than red planet. The other child pets her cat and retrieves the coveted red mouse, tossing it to its rightful owners. They say goodbye and return through their respective portals, back to their own worlds. The girl sleeps again; the cat rests on the bed with his toy. All is as it was…or is it? Was that blue mouse on the floor always there? Vibrant shapes reminiscent of Paul Klee or Piet Mondrian fill the pages. In the bedroom world, the background is black, while the dream world is set against stark white. The endpapers are painted a deep blue with planets, stars, and moons. VERDICT A work of art and celebration of childhood for all libraries.-Barbara Auerbach, Cairo Public Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
“Robinson’s first book as both author and illustrator is a gentle, wordless wonder." - The New York Times Book Review
* "Simple geometric shapes and expanses of empty space make the spreads easy to consider, and Robinson nails the pacing, using each page turn for a comic or conceptual beat. Almost all children wonder whether there are others exactly like them somewhere out in the universe, doing the same thing at exactly the same time. By playing with that idea while juxtaposing similarity and difference, Robinson creates an almost mystical Droste effect of a story that is all mirrors and windows for the group of various children who are offered portals to reach one another. He also creates a speculative world with its own logic, and an adventure that will both puzzle and amuse." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "The simple geometry of Robinson's work comes alive in this expanse of wordless narrative. A fearless use of white space and an utter disregard of conventions of direction encourage readers to engage with the physical book as the story unfolds, touching and turning it as they literally take the narrative into their hands. A bright, open primer for Escher." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Both beautiful and fanciful...vibrant shapes reminiscent of Paul Klee or Piet Mondrian fill the pages.... A work of art and celebration of childhood for all libraries." - School Library Journal, starred review
"The brightly colored illustrations pop against a pure white background. Children, some upright and some upside down, are shown in a variety of clothing and skin colors, partaking in various activities. Is this a parallel universe, or is it all a dream? Readers will decide, and a little blue mouse may help with the final decision." - Booklist
"Our protagonist, a brown-skinned explorer with a headful of bouncy beaded braids (which fetchingly fall up as she first pokes her head through the portal where up is down) is clearly a fan of other worlds (her nightie sports a red image of Saturn in complement to the mirror girl’s blue, and she’s looking into a telescope on the back cover) who’s made for exploring, and her cat’s silent but determined progress provides an entertaining visual thread. The youngest viewers may enjoy decoding the girl’s journey with some adult assistance, while more book-savvy kids will get a kick out of 'reading' the story all on their own." -- BCCB
* "Smart, sly, and imaginative." - Horn Book Magazine, starred review
"In this exhilarating wordless picture book, a girl and her cat enter a portal to a physically skewed world where they encounter, among other things, their doppelgängers." - Shelf Awareness
* A "multilayered, mind-blowing and truly out-of-this-world adventure." - BookPage, starred review
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I found this book delightful and of course recommend it for all library collections. Wordless picture books are among my favorites, and there have been many beautiful examples in the last few years, Caldecott winners too. However, I've found that it's sometimes hard for parents to understand what they're supposed to do with a wordless picture book. They can't just open the page and start reading text. They have to do a little more work than that. The story is literally NOT spelled out. But especially in this age where icon literacy becomes more and more important all the time, wordless picture books such as this one, of such high quality, are a great way to encourage interaction between looking and understanding stories through pictures. "What's happening?" "Where do you suppose they're going?" "Was that on the last page?" "What's different?" are all some questions to be asked.
This is such a lovely book.
As a girl slept in her bed with her cat (with a red collar) looking out her window, a bright porthole opened up in her room. Soon, another cat identical to the one lying on the bed (this one had a blue collar on) popped through the porthole and snatched the red toy mouse that was lying on the bedroom floor. Crawling back through the porthole, the cat carries the mouse, who is now followed by the first cat and the girl, who has awakened and seems curious to what is happening.
It seems that they have entered another world as gravity for one, is not the same. There are other differences but what I like is that this world is not too busy, the pages aren’t overflowing with colors and activities. The pages have a great flow to them and you can follow what is happening. There are geometric shapes throughout the pages yet no definite pattern.
Perhaps I am reading too much into this book. Perhaps I wanted too much from this book. I do feel that it would be beneficial a child who reads this book to talk about it someone. I think discussing it with someone, they might discover something they missed in the book or a different view.
The best part of this book is the illustrations, but considering there are no words, that isn't surprising. The artwork is simple yet hits every moment spot on and allows young listeners to dive into the world. The moments and things depicted are ones which most young listeners can easily identify with and connect to. It's fun to get lost in the scenes and try to discover what they mean. The little girl is super cute, and it's hard not to love her cat.
Without reading the blurb or description to this book, it can be confusing and appears to be a strange journey or dream of a young girl. She steps through portals with her cat to find things backwards or flip-flopped or simply other children doing things. And yet, all of this happens at a rather slow and purposefully laid out step-by-step. And this is where it is very important to know what the author wants before reading. Through the portrayal of stepping into another perspective and viewing things at other angles—in this case, often upside down—the listeners are given time to contemplate and recognize what it might mean. But this can't as easily be done without the 'reader' gently leading the listeners into the discovery. Still, it does invite kids to consider and dream and wonder.
This is a lovely book to flip through and get lost in thought. It's not a direct narrative but beautifully done. Young readers will enjoy discovering this journey and each take something different away from it.
I received a complimentary copy. While the illustrations are a definite 5 stars, the story hits more of a 3. So I'm averaging it out to a 4 star review.