A Little Book About Bouncing Back
By Maria van Lieshout
(Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, 9780312369149, 48pp.)
Publication Date: September 30, 2008
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Splash the Seal is having a bad day. He doesn’t feel like playing. He doesn’t feel like doing ANYTHING. Splash feels blue. Will he EVER bounce back?
In this warm reminder that hope is always on the horizon, Maria van Lieshout creates the perfect pick-me-up for anyone struggling to bounce back.
Readers are already falling in love with Maria van Lieshout’s first book for Feiwel and Friends, BLOOM!: A Little Book About Finding Love (January 08). Splash! is her second “little book.” A native of the Netherlands, Maria lives in San Francisco with her husband.
Praise for SPLASH! A Little Book About Bouncing Back:“Set against white backgrounds, the artwork pairs spare lines with blue watercolor washes. Onomatopoeia enlivens the simple text. This tale conveys feelings from a child’s point of view, depicting the way that youngsters perceive their world and suggesting that they can control their destiny. Splash brings sunshine to a gloomy day.”--School Library Journal “Molly Leach’s design integrates the text into the pictures, guiding the page turns expertly. A wee trim makes this a charmingly intimate read.”--Kirkus Reviews "The book's chief strength is the interplay of the expressive drawings and the concise text, supported by gutsy typographical treatment...The design, credited to Molly Leach, deserves top marks."--Publishers Weekly Praise for BLOOM! by Maria van Lieshout:
“As light and sweet as cotton candy, this saga of a pig in love will win over kids and grownups alike. Van Lieshout’s loosely drawn pen and ink illustration, mostly on stark white pages, wring Oscar-winning expressions from the slenderest curves and squiggles . . .Van Lieshout’s deft use of line comes through in Bloom’s distressed dismay, a cross between toddler meltdown and Juliet, which is happily cut short by the attentions of Bloom’s faithful swine swain. This paper-over-board’s stylish design and small square format designate it as a natural for Valentine's Day.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review