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Up and Down Hardcover – December 2, 2010
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My son is only 2 years old, but requests the Oliver Jeffers books often for bedtime. I however would consider purchasing this book for a child up to the age or 6 or 7. This story can be enjoyed by child and parent.
The art is as good as the other Oliver Jeffers books, and there's a clear narrative that doesn't require you to explain pages, but the story itself doesn't really work that well, which is a pity.
If you have all the other books by this author, then this is a nice addition, but I wouldn't recommend it as a first purchase. Also, the lack of a board format version means that you have to keep the book away from your toddlers: my son loves turning the pages on his books, but he has trouble with these big pages, which crease easily; even though it's only been read a few times it's already had some mishaps.
This is another book that seems to have a story aimed at two to three year olds, but incorporating elements that are hard for them to understand. The human canonball thing is not necessarily something a two year old can relate to, and I think it may leave younger children confused. Meanwhile, older children may find that the rest of the book is too simple for them. I don't think I'll know for sure for a couple of years, but that's my gut feeling.
The above flaws apart, this is a lovely looking book, with a positive message about friendship, but it doesn't have the kind of hook for toddlers that I'd hope for, and is far behind hits - that use rhyming verse - like 'The Gruffalo' or 'Aliens Love Underpants' by other authors.
I HIGHLY recommend you also purchase LOST AND FOUND which is the Prequel to this book about the same boy and penguin. They are sort of companion stories and brings much more depth when read together with Up and Down. Their human/penguin friendships is heart-warming and the type of friendship I would hope for with my children and others.
This is the first boy and penguin book by Jeffers that I've read. However, I found it could stand alone.
Yet, as an adult, I had three complaints:
- There's one sentence in the book that doesn't make grammatical sense. Where was the editor? I know this is a children's book, but still. We don't want kid readers to pick up any bad speech habits at such a young age.
- The text is black. However, there are several pages where the text is put on a dark background, which made it harder to distinguish the text from the rest of the image. I wish the font on these particular pages had been white. This would really made the text pop and been easier on the eyes of adults reading the book to little ones.
Again, where was the editor? There's one page with grey font on black. I found it extremely annoying.
- The author skimps on the use of transitions. Instead of saying, "Then,...," the author chose to just say whatever it was. It didn't really help the story to flow, and just made it more abrupt then it needed to be. This is actually a very gentle story with only a mild conflict.
Overall, except for these three flaws, "Up and Down" is delightful. It has a sweet message about friendship, is wonderful to look at, and is sure to please small children, especially those that like penguins.
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