Up and Down

Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers tells the story of  a very special friendship. School Library Journal: “Once upon a time, in a book called Lost and Found, a penguin appeared at a small boy’s doorstep. Since that adventure … the boy has crash-landed his plane on the moon and rocketed into space to catch a star. In this installment, the fearless, practical, and sympathetic child … is back with his penguin friend. They play Telephone, Parcheesi, and tuba-guitar duets–until the penguin decides that he must learn to fly … Quirky watercolor illustrations enrich the plot with examples–e.g., increasingly large balloons tied around the bird’s middle, or the penguin leaping from a desk chair mounted atop a dresser while the boy sets out a pillow for a landing pad. A chance sighting of a circus help-wanted poster takes the penguin off on his own and both friends must follow exciting, suspenseful, and wistful paths back to one another. Jeffers has an endearing, deceptively simple style that will warm the hearts of children and adults.” Giggle factor: moderate. Adult enjoyment: likely. Illustrations: five jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on January 24, 2011.

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