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Sun & Moon: A Giant Love Story Hardcover – February 1, 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
Desimini's (My House) surreal mixed-media images light up a larger-than-life romance. Living on opposite sides of a planet, a lonely giantess ("Her feet were on the ground and her head was in the heavens") and a lonely giant ("His feet were on the ground and his head was in the clouds") wander the globe, each looking for someone the same size. She searches by night, following the moon; he searches by day, following the sun; and it takes an eclipse to bring the two together. This familiar-seeming tale of love sought and found is spun out in a series of sophisticated illustrations. Blending paintings, photographs, fresh fruit and even Desimini's own hair, these computer-assisted images continually surprise readers with unexpected juxtapositions and an arrestingly off-center balance of visual elements. One illustration, for example, shows the boy asleep, his Gulliver-size body prone amid broccoli-like trees, a flock of birds cloaking him for warmth. Conjuring a haunting alternative world, these startling pictures bespeak an original artistic vision. Ages 4-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 4-Imaginative, mixed-media illustrations bring this unusual love story to life. A giant girl walks around the world, following the moon and looking for someone her size. On the opposite side of the planet, a sun-loving boy, also a giant, searches for another person as large as himself. The two are "as far apart as the sun and moon-as far apart as two people could be." A two-page spread shows the Earth with day and the boy on one side and night and the girl on the other. When the sun and moon move closer together, the girl begins to dream of sunshine while the boy dreams of moonbeams. The two planets meet (in a solar eclipse) and the lonely giants finally see one another. United at last, they stay together, sharing night and day, while the sun and moon continue to move. "They were giants on the same planet...and they belonged together." Desimini's light telling fits this unusual tale. The illustrations are fascinating, with inventive perspectives and beautiful deep colors. The contrast between the girl's night world and the boy's daytime stands out clearly, making the eventual meeting of the two especially pleasing. The grand illustrations and the simple fable clearly (but subtly) convey the larger idea that love and friendship might be found in someone different from yourself.
Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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