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by Molly Bang, Molly Garrett Bang (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Delphine lives in a small cabin high on top of a mountain with her three companions, a wolf, a guinea pig and a lion. One day she finds out that a present is waiting for her at the post office. Delphine thinks she knows what it is; she is happy about it, but she worries, too, as she walks a tightrope across a ravine, surfs down a waterfall and walks through a lightning storm. Full of doubts about the gift (readers still do not know what she has in mind), Delphine is afraid she'll fall off it, that it will go too fast, that she won't be able to stop it. At the post office, Delphine discovers that she was rightshe has a new bike. As she slowly gains skill in riding itshe falls a couple of times, of courseshe and the animals gradually lose their fear of it. Bang ( The Paper Crane ) has created a visually stimulating and entrancing book, and once again shown her versatility as a writer and illustrator. The vibrant pictures and the sparse, direct text are interdependent, while the interspersion of wordless pages that carry the story adds a creative and unusual aspect. All ages. (August)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Only her name and her painted toenails identify this solid, mop-haired tyke as a girl. Accompanied by her pet wolf and cougar, she careens down a precipitous slope in a baby-carriage; balances across a gorge on a single-strand, snake-ridden root-cable; fords a waterfall in her umbrella; is struck by lightning with impunityall the while worrying aloud. Her fears are not related to her feats, but to the gift she knows is waiting at the end of her trek: a bicycle from Gram. The joke is that she doubts her mastery of this machine, while displaying incredible strength and sang-froid in various terrifying situations. A single spread shows her struggles and spills on the bike; on the next page she is happily peddling back up to the top of her mountain. The child who is actually wrestling with a two-wheeler may find Delphine's wordless and rapid success unrealistic (and her incongruously middle-aged face unappealing), but the Haitian-dye colors are definitely eye-catching. With a more substantial story behind her, Delphine might seem more like a genuine daughter of Paul Bunyan. Patricia Dooley, formerly at Drexel University, Philadelphia

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HarperCollins Publishers
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