Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596432512, 48pp.
Publication Date: April 14, 2009
A CHILD IN SEARCH OF HER STORY Caldecott medalist Mordicai Gerstein looks at books from a whole new angle.
Once upon a time there was a family who lived in a book. All but the youngest had stories they belonged to--fighting fires, exploring space, entertaining in the circus--but she didn't have one yet. Walking through all the possibilities of story types Mordicai Gerstein presents her quest in unique and changing perspectives: readers look down into the books below at the characters in their worlds. A funny and touching celebration of books, stories, and finding yourself.
“Gerstein’s characteristic pen-and-paint-on-vellum technique creates a vivid depth, accentuated by use of shadows, that makes the reader feel as if they could literally drop into the scene.” —Horn Book
“Humorous.” —Starred, School Library Journal
“More seasoned readers will be inspired to rethink what a book is (pun intended), how it works, and their own part in bringing it to life. This is A Book to savor.” —Shelf Awareness
“This charming story follows a young girl and her family who live in a book, though she doesn’t know what kind of story her book is.” —Starred, Booklist
“Readers will particularly giggle at the characters importuning the young protagonist to join their various genres.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Clever.” —Kirkus Reviews
“One of the more innovative picture books I've read in quite a while.” —Eclectica
“Fresh, clever, surprising, and great fun.” —Kidslit.menashsalibrary.org
“A thoroughly fascinating adventure about a family who lives inside a book.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer