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Born on The Night When Shadows Linger, Holly Go Lolly played with shadows all her life. And that was a lucky thing for her, because when the Ooboo came to eat her up, she used her mysterious shadows to work a trick on him. Newbery Award–winner Nancy Willard weaves a magic spell with the extraordinary story of Holly Go Lolly and the Ooboo, which Caldecott Award–winning illustrator David Diaz illuminates with dazzling art.

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Overview

Born on The Night When Shadows Linger, Holly Go Lolly played with shadows all her life. And that was a lucky thing for her, because when the Ooboo came to eat her up, she used her mysterious shadows to work a trick on him. Newbery Award–winner Nancy Willard weaves a magic spell with the extraordinary story of Holly Go Lolly and the Ooboo, which Caldecott Award–winning illustrator David Diaz illuminates with dazzling art.

The clever Holly Go Lolly, now orphaned, lures the evil parent-eating ogre Ooboo into the make-believe forest she has created with hand shadows.

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Horn Book Magazine
When young Holly Go Lolly loses first her father and then, almost fifteen years later, her mother to the fearsome, voracious Ooboo, does she waste time wringing her hands? Not a bit! For Holly Go Loll was born on the Night When Shadows Linger, and at her birth, the shadow of a fairy godmother---all that was available to her poor family---gave her the shadow blessing that she would never be afraid of the dark. As she grows up, her companions and playthings are the shadows of her own making--her mother can afford no other. On her fifteenth birthday falls another Night When Shadows Linger, and at the urging of the little old woman who blessed her, Holly Go Lolly dares to challenge the Ooboo in his own palace. All my life I've played with shadows, said Holly Go Lolly. Why should I be afraid of the dark?' Willard has written an original fairy tale with a resourceful and determined heroine, telling her story in lively prose with the cadences of traditional fairy tales. Language and rhythm make it a pleasure to read aloud. Bringing the story to life visually, Diaz fills the pages with enchanted colors and small, puply shadow silhouettes. He makes of Holly Go Lolly a sturdy figure in her down-at-the-heels boots and her father's old brown hat. The Ooboo, on the other hand, is an outlandish character, suitably villainous without being terrifying, and his odd little servant is a robotic creature on a single wheel. The walls of the Ooboo's palace are decorated with the heads of the fantastic creatures he has hunted to extinction in his forest, save only that of the elusive, said-to-be-delicious, jet-throated snizzle. And it is the snizzle that proves to be the key to the Ooboo's downfall in this satisfying picture book.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Willard (The Tortilla Cat) brings her considerable storytelling powers to this enchanting tale of a girl with the wit and ingenuity to outfox a formidable opponent. Holly Go Lolly, thanks to a blessing from a fairy godmother, grows up unafraid of the dark and with a gift for making shadow figures with her hands. When the dreaded Ooboo gobbles up both her father and mother, she sets off for his mountain palace, armed with nothing but her imagination and her shadow artistry. The enterprising heroine handily conquers Ooboo and, in a tacked-on ending--the book's only misstep--converts his palace into a library. Willard's eloquent tale is alight with vivid images, including the shadowy fairy godmother "sidling along the wall" and "snip-snapping her shears--clip clap!" In illustrations reminiscent of his work in The Little Scarecrow Boy, Diaz unifies the images with shades of orange and green (at times, Holly, with her billowy orange skirt and green bodice, resembles a pumpkin). Drawing from the style he used so effectively in The Disappearing Alphabet, the artist creates spot art that resembles paper cut-outs and that emulates Holly's silhouetted figures. The world he creates is wholly original, as is his Ooboo--both fierce and comical, with an extra set of eyes at shoulder level and a single leaf sprouting from his bald pate. Both verbally and visually compelling, this splendid fantasy is one to be savored. Ages 5-10. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Melissa A. Caudill
Children enjoy making shadows with their hands. Imagine a girl who is able to create multiple shadow characters and scenes with her hands. In this creative story, Holly Go Lolly is blessed with such a gift by the shadow fairy godmother. This skill comes in handy after the horrible Ooboo eats up both of her parents leaving her to rid the world of this terrible creature. Holly Go Lolly talks her way into seeing the Ooboo and the creature is outraged by her claim and rushes into the room to gobble her up too, but he is startled by a roomful of shadows. Holly Go Lolly is able to lure him into the shadow forest to capture what he most desires. Then she turns the tables and gets rid of the Ooboo, once and for all. This is an imaginative and entertaining story sure to capture readers and listeners attention with artwork that is a real departure for David Diaz.
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Gr 1-3-Holly Go Lolly, born on the Night When Shadows Linger, learns early to play with shadows and make them take any shape, and lucky she can do that, because there's no money for toys. Then the always-hungry Ooboo eats her father and then her mother, and Holly will be next unless she can do something about it. On her fairy godmother's advice, she goes to the Ooboo's palace and announces herself as the Shadowy One, the magician whom a thousand shadows serve, and the real test of her shadow-making skills begins with the making of the trick that will save her own life. This original fairy tale, a bit reminiscent of Carl Sandburg's "Rootabaga Stories" in the naming of its characters and its combination of the down-to-earth and practical with the fantastic and magical, has both a courageous and clever young heroine and a plot that lightens its frightening elements with comedic ones. The illustrations invite readers into the fantasy. The warm, glowing colors, the intentionally comic depiction of the Ooboo, and the snub-nosed marionettelike figure of Holly Go Lolly anchor the story in a world in which the rounded shapes and curving lines strongly evoke the realm of fairy tales. It is a world in which anything can happen, and all ends well. A remarkable melding of witty text and amazing illustrations.-Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152016388
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.96 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. An illustrator and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years, he is also a painter and an accomplished ceramic artist. Mr. Diaz lives in Carlsbad, California.

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