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Anything Is Possible Hardcover – August 13, 2013
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
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PreS-Gr 2–This short, slight tale promotes the concepts of teamwork and perseverance. When Sheep sees a flock of birds flying overhead, she wishes she could join them. She gets an idea, runs to see Wolf, and asks him to work with her on building a flying machine. He's skeptical at first, but eventually Sheep prevails. Their first design has fabric wings that rip mid flight, sending them tumbling to the ground. They try balloons, but the birds pop them. Sheep's last idea has her fashioning a dragon's head, while Wolf cuts out a tail. This time the plan works, and off they fly together. The mixed-media illustrations are abstract and creative; they use paper cutouts, ink, and pencil. Unfortunately, there is not much of a plot here. In addition, Sheep and Wolf's final design presumably works because the cutout dragon scares away the birds, but that is not totally clear from the pictures.–Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Contemplative Sheep is envious of birds flying overhead: “How lucky they are! They can choose how they look at things: from far away, from up close, or from somewhere in between.” Sheep comes up with an idea—to build a flying machine—and takes it to practical, mathematically inclined Wolf. Although dubious at first, Wolf quickly gets onboard, working his ruler and protractor into a frenzy. Once they’ve got a plan (mathematical scribbles all over the page) and follow it, they’re off and up . . . . and then back down, limbs akimbo. Not to be deterred, they try again and again, until, in a contraption resembling a dragon, they ultimately soar. While the simple text doesn’t explain why natural enemies Wolf and Sheep are friends or how they get a machine to fly, the illustrations make up for any holes. Trevisan’s collages are set on crisp white pages, and with interesting perspectives and art bleeding off the pages, this is a visually beautiful story anchored by two endearing characters. A whimsical offering of perseverance and friendship from an Italian author and illustrator. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ann Kelley