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This solid story is taken to a whole new level by Zahares's amazing artwork. Using pastels in deep and heavy hues, solid shapes, and unusual perspectives, he provides images that roll breathtakingly across the pages. . . . Some of the scenes show the hard work of frontier life, but they are shrouded in colors that give the effort an almost mystic edge. An intriguing mix of old-fashioned storytelling and cutting-edge art.
Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
The patterned cadence of the prose befits this folkloric gold-rush yarn. . . . With unusual perspectives and a strong grasp of light and shadow, the stylized spreads take a surrealistic spin that is warmed and animated by soft, sculptured forms that contrast with thick lines and repeated objects. . . . Always mesmerizing. A treasure.
Kirkus Reviews, Starred
Zahares's contemporary, stylized pastel art features electric hues and playful perspectives, lending a bold contrast to the old-time tenor of the easygoing narrative and creating an unlikely, but lucky, pairing.
The sunny story is told in a deliberately deadpan, unruffled tone, and the thickly applied pastel illustrations with their odd perspectives and deep purple shadows catch the other side of the story, too, clearly showing that Jake and his father live a difficult, impoverished life. . . . This will be a good discussion-starter on the topic of luck, especially because wisdom is on the side of its appealingly down-to-earth child character.