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Children's LiteratureOne day Josie draws a picture on the sidewalk with chalk. She manages to jump into the picture only to discover there is danger in the picture that she drew. She is being chased by a lion. Morgan, Josie's older sister, runs for help. Her mother draws a boat for her to be able to get away from the lion. While she is in the boat, she heads for a waterfall. The father draws an eagle to come lift Josie out of the waterfall's danger. Each time Josie gets out of one mess a family member, friend, neighbor, or even stranger has to draw another part to the picture to rescue her from another danger. The idea of jumping into a sidewalk chalk drawing should be fun, but this book makes it into a dangerous escapade that might frighten children. Adults are the ones who try to solve all of the problems. After many people have tried to get Josie out of the mess, it is her sister who draws her way to safety. 2004, Annick Press/Firefly Books, Ages 4 to 8.
—Marcie Flinchum Atkins