Squiggleby Carole Lexa Schaefer, Pierr Morgan (Illustrator)
What magic can be found in a piece of string? The magic of a million incarnationswhen the string is found by an imaginative little girl who spies it on the sidewalk. Slither, slishit could be the dance of a scaly dragon. Or, push-a-patthe top of the Great Wall of China. Unique illustrations, inspired by Asian brush-stroke paintings, transform the simple thread into fireworks, thunderclouds, and even the moon.
The nameless narrator, on her way to the park with her classmates and teacher, spies a piece of red rope on the ground. She waves this "squiggle" and lo! it's a dragon ("slither slish"), a tightrope ("snap, tah-dah"), a full moon ("ah-whoosh"), a crenellated wall ("push-a-pat"). She catches up to her classmates and illustrates all of the permutations of the squiggle for them, and they cheer her ("hoorayee!"). The gouache-and-color-marker pictures make this tale: They fairly vibrate with energy against the oatmeal-textured paper. The lines of the children's bodies are nervous and alive; the many changes Morgan visits upon the squiggle range from a spectacularly ornate dragon to a still, soothing moon. Schaefer (In the Children's Garden, 1994, etc.) strives a bit too hard in the sound effects, but for the right performer, this could be a fabulous read-aloud.
"Presents one of the universal joys of childhood in an accessible and charming fashion."--School Library Journal, starred review
"Splendid, vibrant illustrations...a fabulous read-aloud."--Kirkus Reviews
"Delightful fantasy, charming watercolor illustrations."--The New York Times Book Review
- Random House Children's Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.30(w) x 10.05(h) x 0.34(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Carole Lexa Schaefer and Pierr Morgan are longtime friends and collaborators. The Squiggle, their first book together for Crown, was an ALA Notable Book and a Booklist Editors' Choice. Both author and artist live and work in Seattle, Washington.
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The illustrator is amazing !! So friendly we met her at the school my daughter attends and she personalized all the books my daughter owns of hers. Simply Amazing