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Children's LiteratureOn each double page, with illustration facing text, we are encouraged to imagine a different day, a day when the most mystical, amazing, incredible things are possible—like "dive down through branches or swim up to the sun." A day "when you forget how to fall," or "when you don't need wings to soar," or "when your sand castle can withstand even the highest waves." In this companion to the authors' Imagine a Night, each brief request offers an opportunity for Gonsalves to use Thomson's brief text to create a surreal world which young people deal with in a matter-of-fact way. They ride bikes through piles of leaves which are also the tops of trees from a scene below; they join together to form a trestle for an approaching train. Naturalistic, detailed acrylic paintings draw us into this visual magic of transformations. The large pages offer ample room for all the details, while the facing white pages with their bits of text add to the emotional impact. 2005, Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, Ages 4 to 10.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz