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Zigzag Hardcover – December 13, 2005
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–When a dollmaker finishes piecing together a doll made of cloth scraps, she names him Zigzag. His mouth is crooked and his fabric mismatched, but the woman is sure that some child will love him. The other toys taunt Zigzag because he is so ugly and push him off the shelf into the trash. When it is put out, he is picked up by an owl that drops him into a meadow. There he meets some field mice who lead him to the little girl who loves him and turns his crooked mouth into a smile. Eye-catching illustrations fabricated from cloth scraps create captivating, colorful collages set against a bright, white background. While they are vivid and appealing, they are also a tad confusing. The same technique is used to render the humans and animals, making it hard to differentiate the toys from the other characters. This is not one of San Souci's most engaging offerings but it is nicely composed, and the happy ending should please young readers.–Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL
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About the Author
Robert San Souci Bio:
Robert San Souci, who was born in San Francisco, raised in Berkeley and attended college at St. Mary's College in Moraga, knew at an early age he wanted to be a writer. His award-winning books were often spirited retellings of folk tales, fairy tales, myths and legends from around the world. In an interview, he confessed to his fascination of great stories, "I think I never outgrew my love of fairy tales when I was growing up. I'd save my allowance money and buy used editions of books like The Wizard of Oz and the Rainbow Colored Fairy books. I love science fiction and ghost stories." Among the many celebrated titles, twelve books written by San Souci and illustrated by his younger brother, Daniel San Souci, stood out as his favorites. San Souci was an American Library Association notable author whose work has also been recognized by American Bookseller and the International Reading Association. He collaborated with Daniel on two award winning LittleFolk picture books: As Luck Would Have It and Sister Tricksters. His third award winning book with August House, Zigzag was illustrated by Stefan Czernecki and named to Scholastic Parent & Child magazine's “Best New Books”. "When we were young, my parents always said Bob would be the writer and I'd be the artist," Daniel San Souci said in an interview. "When we graduated from college, we decided kid's books would be the perfect medium. Our first book won awards and opened the door for us. Anytime we worked together it was special."
Stefan Czernecki Bio:
Stefan Czernecki was born in a refugee camp in Germany and now lives in a small glass apartment one hundred and fifty feet above the ground. For inspiration, he travels to faraway places like Tokyo, Mexico City, New York and Marrakesh. Sometimes he just takes a walk around the block. A number of his books are inspired by folk art from other countries. His creative work has been awarded the prestigious Aesop Accolade given by the American Folklore Society.