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Whether they’re trekking to a magical island to hunt dinosaurs or saving a city from destruction, Jack and his action figure Guy have exciting adventures. Sometimes, Jack’s little brother Gus joins them. When Guy gets caught in a branch while sky-diving, Jack and Gus must launch operation rescue!

In this companion to Below, Nina Crews uses her trademark photo-collage style to tell a playful story where innovative ideas and teamwork save the ...

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Overview

Whether they’re trekking to a magical island to hunt dinosaurs or saving a city from destruction, Jack and his action figure Guy have exciting adventures. Sometimes, Jack’s little brother Gus joins them. When Guy gets caught in a branch while sky-diving, Jack and Gus must launch operation rescue!

In this companion to Below, Nina Crews uses her trademark photo-collage style to tell a playful story where innovative ideas and teamwork save the day.

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Publishers Weekly
In this companion to Below, Jack and his beloved action figure, Guy, embark on several mild imaginary adventures, given a visual boost by the author's digitally manipulated photos. A bookcase framed by tropical vegetation becomes “a magical island to hunt dinosaurs,” and in a comic book–style spread (complete with whoosh! and zoom! sound effects) they save a city from aliens, as Jack makes a caped Guy fly around computer-generated urban backdrops. Guy dons a makeshift parachute for his final escapade—skydiving. After Jack tosses Guy in the air a few times, Guy gets stuck in a tree, and the boy enlists the help of his younger brother to retrieve him. White line drawings are superimposed on photos in several spreads, reflecting the boys' fears about what fate might befall Guy (“It could rain or snow. Wild animals could bother him”). Although this story about an action figure is perhaps a little short on action, Crews remains able to capture the way that the most everyday of locations—a patch of carpet, a brick path—are ample fodder for children's imaginations. Ages 3–7. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Jack and his action figure, Guy, return for another adventure. Real-life brothers Jack and Gus, who appeared in Below (Holt, 2006), again pose for photographs that Crews uses as the basis for photo-collage illustrations. Little brother Gus has a more prominent role this time around, as the boys must work together to rescue skydiving Guy when he gets caught in a tree. The authenticity of Crews's illustrations makes it easy for readers to access Jack's imagination. Whether looking up at the toy or gazing down at Jack and Gus, the author's varied point of view draws readers into the action. Jack worries about what might happen to Guy if he is left up in the tree too long. Threats are depicted as white line drawings over color photographs that blend reality and imagination perfectly. Clearly, Jack starts out thinking of himself and Guy as the perfect team, but learns that including Gus in adventures is more fun for everyone. Children will relate to the brothers' plight and enjoy the story's positive message.—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO
Kirkus Reviews
In this winning companion to Below (2006), Crews tells a simple story-in-photographs of two brothers, Jack and Gus, and their serene action figure, Guy, who's amenable to any kind of adventure from dinosaur hunting (on the bookshelf between Seabiscuit and Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary) to saving the city from destruction to ("Oh, no!") getting caught in a backyard tree while skydiving. Just at that dramatic moment, Mom calls the boys inside. But they can't leave Guy up in the branches with the possibility of rain and snow . . . or wild animals! (These imagined threats are effectively superimposed on the photos as loose, white, line drawings.) Sibling teamwork and the persistent flinging of a lasso facilitate a satisfying rescue. The spare text hits just the right notes, and, along with the full-bleed photos of regular (and adorable) kids in a regular (and lushly leafy) backyard, captures the childhood thrill of believing, if only for a while, that poor, steadfast Guy might really be in terrible danger and that only boy heroes could ever save the day. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805087642
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nina Crews has written and illustrated many books for young readers, including The Neighborhood Mother Goose and Below, both of which were named ALA Notable Books. Ms. Crews graduated from Yale University, where she studied art. She now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her family.

www.ninacrews.com

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