Come Fly with Me

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When Woggy, the stuffed dog, and Cosmos, the wooden airplane, decide it is time to get away from the toy box and to go Somewhere, they figure the only way to go is to fly, and the only way to fly is together. So in a grand adventure, out and up they swoop, Satomi-style: whirling up stairs, and past sleepy apartment windows, and over enchanting rooftops. Until they meet the Cloud Monster....

This ear-flapping, propeller-spinning twosome is, quite simply, adorable. And the ...

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When Woggy, the stuffed dog, and Cosmos, the wooden airplane, decide it is time to get away from the toy box and to go Somewhere, they figure the only way to go is to fly, and the only way to fly is together. So in a grand adventure, out and up they swoop, Satomi-style: whirling up stairs, and past sleepy apartment windows, and over enchanting rooftops. Until they meet the Cloud Monster....

This ear-flapping, propeller-spinning twosome is, quite simply, adorable. And the surprise at the end of the book will take your breath away. It did theirs!

Charming in its simplicity, this is another Ichikawa book children will love.

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Ichikawa's (I Am Pangoo the Penguin) watercolors treat readers to splendid views out the artist's window in Montmartre and up the hill toward the "White Dome" (the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, named only on the flap copy). Yet it is not Ichikawa's perspective that readers share, but that of two toys, a wooden propeller plane and a stuffed dog who are best friends. Cosmos, the plane, announces that he wants to go "Somewhere" and invites Woggy to come along. After admiring a sumptuously shaded Montmartre skyline dominated by the wedding-cake-like Sacré-Coeur, the two fly through the quaint streets, attracting attention from passersby as well as people (and animals) behind picturesquely framed windows. In several spreads the text is arranged to mimic Cosmos's sometimes circular flight path, an old trick that nevertheless works to great effect, in part because rotations of the page reveal Woggy's expression. A chase scene involving a "cloud monster" adds suspense, then resolves in an invitingly scaled and detailed spread of the two friends perched on one of the cathedral's gargoyles and gazing at a rainbow that arches over the sprawling city below. Ichikawa successfully navigates the thin line between sweet and treacly, soothing young readers about their fears of traveling as she reminds them of the excitement and pleasures to be had. Ages 4-up. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Two unusual friends, a stuffed dog named Woggy, and a wooden plane named Cosmos, jump out of the toy box and decide to go "Somewhere." What they see from their window is the white dome of the Sacre Coeur in Paris, and that is where they want to go. We share the wonder and joy of their magical flight. Higher than the rooftops they fly, then through the cloud monster of a rainstorm. When they land on a rooftop and the sun comes out, there is the dome before them. From atop a gargoyle they can see the city of Paris and a beautiful rainbow. Is the best part of going "Somewhere" the surprise? No, they decide. The best part is sharing it with friends. Visually we are treated to detailed watercolor birds eye views of Paris as the friends fly by the multiple chimney tops and gabled roofs, imitating the swooping of some pigeons. Frequently the lines of type join in the fun, even when the rain forces them "down, down, and down." The views of and from the dome are reason enough to enjoy the make-believe. Ichikawa adds an informative note about her own view from her Paris window and her "little friends," her toy inspirations for the story. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- As in La La Rose (2004) and I Am Pangoo the Penguin (2006, both Philomel), Ichikawa again sends her toys on an escapade in her adopted city. When Cosmos, a wooden plane, tells his friend Woggy, a stuffed dog, that he yearns to leave their playroom and go Somewhere, the two set off for an adventure high above the rooftops of Paris. Perched jauntily astride Cosmos, Woggy rides his friend as they sail through the sky, play loop-the-loop with birds, and get tossed about by the stormy cloud monster on their way to the White Dome on the hilltop, where they are rewarded by a spectacular rainbow. Adults may recognize the friends' goal as the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and the distant structure under the rainbow as the Eiffel Tower. Ichikawa's watercolor illustrations propel Cosmos and Woggy across full spreads that entice children to turn the page. The beautifully drawn aerial views contribute to the excitement and sense of awe as the travelers view the famed city from on high. This soaring selection will spark the imaginations of young readers who also yearn to go Somewhere.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

Kirkus Reviews
A pair of toys perched on a Parisian windowsill decides to embark on an adventure. Cosmos, the wooden plane complains to his friend Woggy, a stuffed dog, that he has never been out of their playroom. Woggy, pointing at the white dome in the distance suggests, "That's Somewhere," and off they go, Woggy astride Cosmos. Their joy ride turns from fun to fright when they copy birds' antics, flying figure eights, losing control and when, before they know it, blue skies have given way to dark growling clouds. They're tossed and thrown, landing on the roof of the white-domed building they had seen from afar-the Sacre-Coeur. Their adventure concludes with the pair's view of the Parisian cityscape, this time from atop a Sacre-Coeur gargoyle. Ichikawa's illustrations convey a sense of place and energy, motion and exuberance, the plane and passenger on the cover heading into the story. The whirling propeller, blowing scarf, ears and paint blurred by air movement create an energy that conveys the character's zest for adventure. Billowy white clouds fill pastel blue skies as the endpapers echo the circular form of the story. A deceptively simple adventure that will appeal to young children who complain they don't go anywhere. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399246791
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/27/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    Allison Ross is a sharp, blue-eyed, drop-dead gorgeous society g

    Allison Ross is a sharp, blue-eyed, drop-dead gorgeous society girl from New York. She’s witty and strong-willed. At thirty years old, Allison is pretty ambivalent about marriage, but everyone important to her is calling her out on the issue. Her mother would love to have grandchildren and Kenyon, her fairy godmother (as he refers to himself), says she has no love life because she is cold, tart, and as frosty as a winter morning in New York! Author, Sandi Perry, has the perfect solution for her sophisticated and sassy protagonist. His name is Alex, but will his southern charm warm her up so he can melt her heart?

    Allison reflects on her life. She doesn’t see what the fuss is about. After all, she has plenty of romantic suitors. She’s rich and happy. She has her own SOHO loft in Manhattan. And, she’s a wonderfully talented artist and savvy business woman with a successful art gallery. Actually, she didn’t see how she could fit a man into her life unless, of course, George Clooney suddenly declared his undying love for her! Then she would definitely reconsider her busy lifestyle she thinks with a smile. A ringing telephone disrupts the fantasy and her world turns upside down. Her father dies from an automobile accident that seemed innocent enough except two detectives show up asking questions. When the will is read Allison is her father’s first choice for CEO of RossAir Industries, his premier luxury jet company. While Allison is very capable of leading the company she simply doesn’t want to do it. She takes a deep breath and sets about finding a suitable CEO who would make her father proud.

    Alexander Coventry is an ambitious, good-looking, and sexy executive from Buckhead, the uptown district of Atlanta Georgia. He shows promise for the CEO position at RossAir, but Allison doesn’t trust him. He’s cocky and pushes her buttons in every possible way. She has certainly met her match, but he will never know because he makes her very uncomfortable and he’s probably just interested in securing that CEO position anyway. Who will she recommend for the position if not Alex? And, who would want her father dead? There are so many questions and so few answers.

    Sandi Perry is a native New Yorker and author of Come Fly With Me. She understands the socially elite perspective and it comes through in her writing. This isher second romance novel that is difficult to put down and very easy to read. Her book is engaging with sophisticated main characters that are realistic, fun-loving, and on-the-move; living jet-set lifestyles, yet they are also down-to-earth and discerning about what is really important in life. Deep down, Allison wants a true love even if it scares her to open up and be real with a potential husband. This is a story that has it all, love, romance, mystery, suspense, and intrigue until the very end. It’s a classic romantic fiction with a modern day setting complete with conflict, growth and resolution. In my estimation, Come Fly With Me is a wonderful eBook that will fly onto Kindles and eBooks and into the hands of romantic fiction lovers everywhere.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    Highly Recommended, a must for your child's library!

    This is a very imaginative fantasy trip that you will enjoy taking with your children many times. A good children's book has great illustrations and I found the art work in this book exceptional and very relevant. This story will put a smile on your face. Don't let this one slip by.

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