Fly Blanky Fly

Fly Blanky Fly

by Anne Margaret Lewis, Elisa Chavarri
     
 

One night, a little boy and his blanky are ready to launch themselves into a big-time adventure. All it takes for the adventure to begin is one magical phrase:

With that, Sam and his blanky are catapulted into a magical world of imagination where together they zoom on jet planes, fly to the moon, swim in the sea, and much more. It seems the adventures may

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Overview

One night, a little boy and his blanky are ready to launch themselves into a big-time adventure. All it takes for the adventure to begin is one magical phrase:

With that, Sam and his blanky are catapulted into a magical world of imagination where together they zoom on jet planes, fly to the moon, swim in the sea, and much more. It seems the adventures may never end, until finally Sam whispers to his blanky that it’s time to fall asleep.

With rich text by Anne Margaret Lewis and colorful, vibrant illustrations by Elisa Chavarri, the story of little Sam teaches readers young and old the true power of a trusty blanky and a little imagination.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—When Sam tosses his blanket from the top stair and commands, "Fly blanky fly!" it does, and so his adventure begins. On each spread, the blanket becomes something else: an airplane, a rocket, a kangaroo, a butterfly, and more. The boy helps things along by declaring, "Zoom blanky zoom!," "Hop blanky hop!," "Whoosh blanky whoosh!," etc. Finally, a tired Sam, all snug in bed, whispers, "Sleep blanky sleep." Lewis's rhythmic text is seamlessly integrated into Chavarri's lively illustrations. The roomy spreads have bold colors, fanciful depictions, and details such as blanky's stitching. Blanky and Sam always smile, and the child's imagination is contagious. Good for bedtimes or storytimes.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
Kirkus Reviews
A bubbly boy, his adventurous imagination and one brightly hued blanky make for an exuberant bedtime tale. In his yellow footie sleeper, Sam gallivants across sea and sky, transported by his quilted blanky. It's a rocket and a kangaroo, then whale and train, changing at Sam's command. With an opening stanza that is reminiscent of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" in its anticipatory excitement, the text continues with rhyming stanzas that propel it forward, each beginning with a simile and ending with a directive ("ZOOM BLANKY ZOOM!"). Chavarri further emphasizes the blanky's role in these fantasies, using the quilt's patterns on each object it becomes. Young readers will be able to identify the colorful fabric on such things as the wings of a butterfly, the shell of a turtle and the sails of boat. While the blanket transforms radically, Sam is extremely consistent, from the way he's drawn to his expression. The child's cheerful face stands out, as it's done in a digital, Flash-animated style. This contrasts with the blandness of his figure, giving him a disembodied effect. Despite this, the artist's illustrations, done in a brilliant, primary palette, are pleasing. Endpages show the blanky characters at their most appealing; as pencil drawings they recall classic Little Golden Books illustrations. A cozy last spread finds a sleeping Sam cuddling his beloved blanky: cheerful adventure with a most agreeable end. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061999963
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/22/2012
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Anne Margaret Lewis is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than ten children's books, including Has Anyone Seen Christmas? and 'Twas the Night Before Summer, and the What Am I? preschool book series. She enjoys working with fun characters and carefully weaving important lessons into her stories. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she lives with her husband and four children in northern Michigan.

Elisa Chavarri is an illustrator and animator who has loved drawing and coloring since before she can remember. This love turned into a passion for comics and animation, both of which she studied at Savannah College of Art and Design. She has previously illustrated Santa Goes Green, also by Anne Margaret Lewis, and Fairly Fairy Tales by Esme Raji Codell. Elisa lives with her husband in Northville, Michigan.

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