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This Is Sadie Hardcover – May 12, 2015
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Sadie is a young girl with a flourishing imagination that can transform a boring old box into an enormous boat on the high seas. She has loads of friends, some real and some she's met in the pages of a good book. In fact, it is Sadie's relationship with her books that form the basis for this charming tale. Every new scene demonstrates to young readers how books can be the gateway to fantastical worlds. There are clever nods to such children's classics as Alice in Wonderland and The Jungle Book, and Sadie's enthusiasm and joy in making the everyday extraordinary is a worthy message. This award-winning duo beautifully convey the magic that is to be found in reading or listening to a story. The appealing text is accompanied by lush drawings rendered in gouache, ink, and Photoshop that lend it a fanciful feel in the best way possible. With its leisurely pace and verdant illustrations, this book is a delight for bedtime as well as an excellent storytime choice paired with Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon and Peter Bently's King Jack and the Dragon (Dial, 2011). VERDICT A wonderful purchase for all collections.—Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, St. Joseph, MI
Selected, Buzzfeed's list of 25 Absurdly Delightful Books to Read With Kids, 2015
"As in previous collaborations like When You Were Small and Where You Came From, O’Leary and Morstad put forth a playful, imagination-first portrait of childhood, introducing a girl named Sadie who is equally at home in the expanses of her mind as she is in the outside world." - Publishers Weekly
"This award-winning duo beautifully convey the magic that is to be found in reading or listening to a story. The appealing text is accompanied by lush drawings rendered in gouache, ink, and Photoshop that lend it a fanciful feel in the best way possible. With its leisurely pace and verdant illustrations, this book is a delight for bedtime as well as an excellent storytime choice paired with Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon and Peter Bently’s King Jack and the Dragon ...." - Starred Review, School Library Journal
"Morstad's soft-palette illustrations engage perfectly with O'leary's text creating a whimsical kid-centred picture book that will be enjoyed by both children and adults. With something new to discover upon each encounter, This is Sadie is sure to become a favourite bedtime read." - Starred Review, Quill and Quire
"In Morstad’s quietly delightful gouache and watercolor illustrations, black-haired Sadie looks both delicate and strong, pretty and at times androgynous. She’s a mermaid and “a boy raised by wolves,” howling at the moon; she carefully chooses dresses and artfully hammers nails into wood. It’s an appealingly rounded glimpse of girlhood that’s somehow both timeless and modern." - The New York Times
“[A] … tender and playful ode to make believe…. Sadie is never the same person for more than two pages, preferring instead to inhabit different characters, often inspired by the books she reads. Every moment of the day is a new opportunity to slip into a new role. Sadie isn’t going through an identity crisis; she just wants to explore every possibility of being.”
— National Post
Top customer reviews
We read this book eight times since it came in the mail yesterday afternoon! I think she would love it if it was about a turtle named Frank, rather than a girl that is her namesake. I highly reccomend this book!
I was thrilled when I heard about this book because my daughter is named Sadie. It does not disappoint.
Absolutely beautiful book.