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Ice Boy Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Ice Boy lives in the freezer with his ice cube community and family. With plenty of dark humor, the story's narrator sets up the main conflict: "Once in a while, someone was taken. Usually for a person's drink. To be chosen was the best thing that could happen to an ice cube. At least that's what Ice Boy's parents said." Ice Boy refuses to surrender passively to this unknown fate and instead decides to make his own way. He ignores all warnings, leaves the freezer, and travels to a sunny beach. From here Ice Boy embarks on a wild and dramatic journey through the water cycle. High-energy linework throughout the pale, icy colors of the spot art and full-page spreads create a fast pace and plenty of exaggerated humor that works well with the comical text. Speech bubbles in the art bring more personality to the characters and help to distinguish Ice Boy within the stages of the cycle as he shifts to Water Boy ("Aaah! Tastes salty!") and Vapor Boy ("Look what I did!") until a storm turns him into a piece of hail and he is Ice Boy again. Coming full circle, Ice Boy falls from the sky right into a drink, where his parents are bobbing about. The drink is tossed out on the ground, and while the ice family wonder what adventures await, budding scientists will likely have some ideas. VERDICT Funny and entertaining, this book starring an independent ice cube is a truly enjoyable tour through the water cycle that offers insights into the dynamics of life in the freezer.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Stein (Tad and Dad) renders his funny mixed-media paintings in bright blues and stormy grays, and peppers them with quippy dialogue balloons (“Am I dense, or did I just become a liquid again?”), proving that science can be empowering on many levels and that “you do you” can contain multitudes.
The pictures are brilliant, sprinkled with cute, poignant speech bubbles from the characters. The layout of Ice Boy’s different manifestations is very visually appealing. This story will provoke a lot of different emotions … amusement, sentimentality, anxiety, confusion, but ultimately, relief.
—Story Monsters Ink
Stein’s offbeat, animated story makes lively work of the water cycle with cartoonish, doodlelike illustrations of the adventurous ice cube set against aqueous backgrounds, and speech balloons from Ice Boy and his friends add humorous running commentary. A comical caper with a stealthy dose of basic science concepts.
Funny and entertaining, this book starring an independent ice cube is a truly enjoyable tour through the water cycle that offers insights into the dynamics of life in the freezer.
—School Library Journal
Stein’s joyful, varied mixed-media illustrations will bring smiles to young readers’ faces...Ice Boy knows how to enjoy what life has to offer, from a dip in the ocean to a tickly ride on a waterspout. Young readers are often taught about the water cycle; this droll story will be fine addition to a classroom library
—The Horn Book
Readers will be drawn into the transition from Ice Boy to Water Boy to Vapor Boy, and will gleefully anticipate his next predicament. The illustrations maintain Ice Boy’s spunky character, even as he evolves and changes forms. With a direct link to science curriculum, this title will provide students with a narrative of how the water cycle unfolds and comes full circle.
—School Library Connection
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They told him not to leave the freezer. He left. They told him not to stand in the sun! He stood! And then he went to the beach, and melted, and soaked a towel, and evaporated, and hey wait a minute, I'm learning about the water cycle!!
Published by Candlewick Press.
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