Sky High

Sky High

by Germano Zullo, Albertine
     
 

In this charming illustrated tale, two competing neighbors begin embellishing their houses, only to find themselves caught up in a race to build the tallest, most decadent skyscraper featuring solid gold doors, diamond-encrusted pillars, grand ballrooms, expensive paintings, live tigers, and indoor swimming pools—with consequences inevitable, and not. Kids

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In this charming illustrated tale, two competing neighbors begin embellishing their houses, only to find themselves caught up in a race to build the tallest, most decadent skyscraper featuring solid gold doors, diamond-encrusted pillars, grand ballrooms, expensive paintings, live tigers, and indoor swimming pools—with consequences inevitable, and not. Kids will love spotting the funny details hidden in this witty take on an age-old moral, while their parents—particularly any who've ever undertaken a remodel—will chuckle with recognition.

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"In an age-old story of keeping up with the Joneses, author Germano Zullo has created a children's picture book that follows the fate of two rival neighbors as they compete to build the most extravagant house imaginable.... The zany tale is full of a sense of anticipation that will enthrall kids; meanwhile, adults can mine ideas for their own domestic renovations... Beyond an entertaining story, Sky High is a grand experiment in book design. The height of the book and facing spreads are essential to telling the story." — Cool Hunting"

The intricate black-and-white illustrations with tiny absurd captions are a delight." — Wired.com

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
On opposing sides of a tall double page we see at the bottom two small houses sketched in black. One is labeled "Agenor-Agobar Poirier des Chapelle's house," the other "Willigis Kittycly Junior's house." On each side of the following double pages, one thing or another is added to each house. Using cranes and ladders along with experts offering advice, the houses grow ever taller and more elaborate, with occasional minimal captions in tiny type supplying a story of sorts. From a solid gold door and an ultra-modern kitchen through a movie theater and a wave pool to a Murano glass chandelier, items keep arriving and the houses grow to the tops of the opposing pages, "impossible to build any higher." Suddenly the house on the left begins to fall down. Atop his house across from the debris, Mr. W. K. Junior orders a pizza. The delivery girl decides to leave it at the bottom rather than try to climb to the top. On the last double page, some hungry pigs take the pizza to the woods to enjoy. The fine line black and white architectural drawings are exotic fragments, with staircases, domes, arches, even a tree here and there. As the structures grow, our imaginations are stretched. What will become of the fallen structure on the left pages of this absurd story? Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452113920
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
11/21/2012
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
635,533
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 14.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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