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Saturday, September 19, 2015

SNAP! Written by Hazel Hutchins and illustrated by Dusan Petricic. Annick Press, 2015. $19.95 ages 4 and up

"He tried ordering the
crayon back together.
He tried pressing the
brown crayon back
He tried taping the
brown crayon together.
Nothing worked.
Finally, he held it out
and stared at it - hard."

When Evan's first crayon breaks, he 's not sure what to do. He tries everything he can think of, but nothing works. Until the magic ... 'something changed'. Now, rather that just one brown crayon, he has two. His artistic verve is impacted as the number of usable crayons increases. Some even break into three pieces! The possibilities are now endless for waves, and stripes, and fireworks.

Evan is just beginning to notice the many ways to use squished bits, pieces without wrappers, and the bits and bobs left when the crayons break. He has much yet to discover. That doesn't happen until his last green bit falls into a hole. His attempts to rescue it are for naught. Evan is upset. That leads to much scribbling - and an amazing discovery!

Mixing colors becomes his new passion:

"And once he knew
that red and yellow
could be used as back-up,
he himself used up
all the orange!"

Using colored pencil and crayon, Dusan Petricic creates a world of color that lends itself to intense observation by those who share this lively and charming book. Flawless use of white space, changing perspective, expression, movement and detail, will encourage imagination and much contemplation of the events that lead to the 'just right' ending. Hazel Hutchins tells a fine story of a small boy who experiences frustration, uses his imagination, and expresses himself through his art.


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