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Friday, June 24, 2016

This is not a picture book! By Sergio Ruzzier. Chronicle Books, Raincoast. $23.99 ages 5 and up

"A book!"

Hmm ...
There are only words in
this book?

Where are the pictures?!

This is not  a picture

Brilliant! I have been raving about this wonderful new book from Sergio Ruzzier for months, it seems. I am not sure why it has taken me so long to tell you about it. I have such admiration for this gifted author and his books that make children their focus. He seems to know exactly how they think and respond to variety in circumstance, always creating wondrous books that anticipate that response.

I will not belabor the point that this is a book that needs to be shared, and then shared again and again. But, I will tell you a bit about it. Then, you can get out and find a copy for yourself. You need to do that.

A young duckling finds a book, notes that it has no words and, as the story begins, disgustedly throws it away. Love of books hastens an apology and the book is picked up once more. Making headway with the difficulty that is early reading, the duckling finds that visualizing what is being read is authentic and real. What joy children find in reading meaningful books that offer such pleasure!

As children do when allowed to read what matters, the duckling literally enters the world of words - this one is pure Sergio Ruzzier. It is filled with wonderful spreads that show the meaning the duckling is making for the words he recognizes. Playing with light and shadow, the artist evokes an emotional response to the joy felt by the ducking. The landscape changes with each success in recognizing familiar words. If you know other books by the very talented Mr. Ruzzier, you will recognize this new world - lovely hues, lively action, quirky characters, and a wonderfully distinctive style. Do NOT miss the endpapers!

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