By Jim LaMarche
(Chronicle Books, Hardcover, 9780811844451, 32pp.)
Publication Date: July 2006
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Daniel was tired of being little. Mouse! They'd been calling him that since he was born. He hadn't used to mind it, even liked it once, but not anymore. He poked at some crackers on the table. "Someday I'll be so strong," he mumbled. "Someday . . ."
And then it happened. Something so strange, Daniel wasn't sure he could believe his eyes. One little cracker trembled for a second, then lifted up off the table. Not much. Not even an inch. Then, just as suddenly, it dropped right back down. Daniel blinked. Had that really happened? How? Had he done it?
Up is the story of an ordinary boy with an extraordinary talent, a talent no one knows about but him. Can Mouse really lift things off the ground? Or is it enough that he believes he can? Once again Jim LaMarche has mixed the magical with the everyday to create a book that stretches our imaginations and our dreams.
Jim LaMarche has been mixing magic with the everyday since 1992, when his illustrations for Laura Krauss Melmed's The Rainbabies earned him international acclaim, winning the Prix de Bologna in 1993. He is the father of three boys and lives with his wife in Central California.
"LaMarche's lovely warm illustrations, in acrylic washes and colored pencil, match his gentle fantasy." Kirkus Reviews
"This is an inspiring and (yes) uplifting title about pursuing one's own talents and possibilities." School Library Journal