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From School Library Journal
At first glance, this story appears to celebrate the power of imagination. A boy wishes for powers to fly, breathe underwater, move things with his mind, or talk to animals. He wishes for unusual pets and footsteps that make funny sounds. All these wishes are illustrated in muted shades. Even the rain “in seven different colors” falls as pastel drops. Although the child’s bushy tail and fangs evoke Max and the robust wild things in his imaginary journey, Clanton’s protagonist ultimately discovers that something truly extraordinary can be found in the singing birds, blooming flowers, and trees around him. While still quite muted, the colors of these outdoor scenes are brighter than the pages devoted to imagination. VERDICT Perhaps Clanton wants to foster appreciation of everyday wonders found in nature, but the story is confusing and unsatisfying.–Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato (School Library Journal April 2015)
Clanton (Rex Wrecks It!) uses pencil and muted watercolors to draw a boy who unfurls a litany of wishes: to fly, grow a tail and fangs, speak to animals, and more. “I wish my drawings could come to life,” he says, as a robot with a television-box body and pincer claws emerges from his notebook. “And that I could move things with my mind,” he continues; sure enough, the robot rises off the ground. After wishing for a menagerie of unusual pets, the boy stops, and the animals fade back into drawings, exposed as fantasies. “But mostly... I wish that something would happen. Something real!” Now he spies a tree with a nest of birds in it: “Wow! Hello! Where did all of you come from?” Suddenly, there’s more color in the world, and real creatures to discover. Clanton reveals the charm of recognizing the miraculous in the everyday, yet there’s a hint of melancholy, too. Wishes and imagination have power, he suggests, but they pale beside the experiences that await in the real world. (Publishers Weekly April 13, 2015)
"[S]cenes full of gentle humor and inventive play convey respect and affection for the audience. The slowly dawning message will elicit excitement about spring, wishing, and the ability to decode a narrative." (Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW)
"Clanton reveals the charm of recognizing the miraculous in the everyday...Wishes and imagination have power, he suggests, but they pale beside the experiences that await in the real world." (Publishers Weekly)
- File size : 16855 KB
- Publication date : June 16, 2015
- Print length : 40 pages
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 16, 2015)
- ASIN : B00O6603QA
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- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #2,046,150 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I received a review copy of this book from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review.
The book is a sweet exploration of what a 6-year-old child might imagine: rain having flavors, having a bushy tail. Finally, the child stops imagining and notices something extraordinary right in front of her/him.
Whimsical, sweet, and humorous. And Ben is great at readings: he drew combinations of animals for the children's amusement and talked about what motivated him to write children's books.