From the Publisher
"[T[he torn-and-cut paper compositions, in a rich palette...have an attractive balance of image and action." Booklist 10/01/07 Booklist, ALA
"[The] collages favor bold compositions made up of surprisingly delicately patterned components." PW 10/8/07 Publishers Weekly
"[C]lever and engaging...fans of slightly spooky stories will enjoy the tale's atmosphere." SLJ November 2007 School Library Journal
It's not "The Raven," but new author Alison Paul's tribute to Poe has something of that poem's eerie charm…Paul's collages of autumn-toned cut and torn paper abound in witty details.
The Washington Post
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 In this clever and engaging picture-book homage to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," a young protagonist's overactive imagination generates scenes of ominous fantasy: "One morning I woke up sleepy,/came downstairs to something creepy./Outside the window sat something freaky/my eyes had never known." Suspense builds as the child peeks out again and again, each time imagining a frightening villain based solely on these furtive glimpses. Is the mysterious figure a proud and powerful king, a "slick robber on the roam," a spell-casting wizard, or a pirate "peering through a spyglass"? Each suspect is depicted in a wordless, darkly menacing spread. Finally, the youngster bravely opens the front door and realizes, "Oh,/it's just a crow./And now I see/that he was/just as scared as me." Using folksy cut- and torn-paper collage images, unusual angles, and exaggerated perspectives, Paul creates the excitable child's imaginings, frightening in a suspenseful, almost titillating manner, but without real terror. The illustrations allow readers to identify the bird long before the main character does. Children and parents alike will appreciate the protagonist's process of overcoming fears, and fans of slightly spooky stories will enjoy the tale's atmosphere.-Piper Nyman, Brookmeade Elementary School, Nashville, TN