Cloudland

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Albert had always had his head in the clouds! But when one day, high up in the mountains with his parents, he falls off a cliff, he ends up quite literally in the clouds.

There he has fun playing with the cloud children, jumping, swimming in the rain, painting pictures with rainbows, and walking in the slipstream of an airplane. And then something reminds him of home and his own little bed…but no one has ever asked to return from cloudland ...

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Overview

Albert had always had his head in the clouds! But when one day, high up in the mountains with his parents, he falls off a cliff, he ends up quite literally in the clouds.

There he has fun playing with the cloud children, jumping, swimming in the rain, painting pictures with rainbows, and walking in the slipstream of an airplane. And then something reminds him of home and his own little bed…but no one has ever asked to return from cloudland before!

While high in the mountains with his parents, Albert falls off a cliff and ends up in Cloudland, where he enjoys playing with the cloud children, but misses his parents.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Glorious, stirring pictures.”
The Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's hardly a new theme: by accident literally, a child finds himself in a new world-in this case, a land in the clouds, populated by playful cloud children-where each day offers yet another fantastic experience; eventually, however, the child yearns for the familiarity of home and family, and enlists his new friends in helping him return. In the hands of the incomparable Burningham Hey! Get Off Our Train; Aldo, this familiar story takes on new depth and poignancy while never losing the giddy appeal of adventure. The lean, trenchant text approximates the simple forcefulness of childhood speech. But the book's real power lies in the stop-them-in-their-tracks illustrations. Cut-outs of Burningham's signature line-drawn figures are set against backgrounds that are photographic, painted or a combination of the two; the resulting compositions feel at once both ethereal and cozily handmade. This is a stunning book-whether the reader takes Cloudland at its considerable face value, or is able to ponder its underlying meanings of death, afterlife and rebirth. It promises to resonate with readers of all ages. Ages 4-8. Oct.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4After a day of mountain climbing high above the clouds, Albert and his parents head for home. Suddenly, the boy trips and falls off a cliff. His parents weep, but someone else is watching out for him. With a few magic words, a group of "cloud children" help the youngster float safely to Cloudland. Albert happily joins in their daily games, but soon begins to miss his parents and seeks the help of the Cloud Queen. Following a grand farewell party with the Man in the Moon, and a few more magic words recited backwards, of course, the boy finds himself safely back in his own bed. Children will delight in this fantasy, while being reassured by Albert's return home. Burningham's signature-style figures lighten his mixed-media illustrations, which combine painted photographs and drawings. His characters float and frolic within skyscapes that alternate between light and spacious and dark and forbidding. Occasional wordless double-page spreads poignantly advance the story. A good choice for story time and independent reading.Paula A. Kiely, Milwaukee Public Library, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780099711612
  • Publisher: Red Fox
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,419,859
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Burningham is twice-winner of the Kate Greenaway Award and is one of the best-loved children’s authors/illustrators.
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