The Mysterious Package
Publication Date: May 1, 2007
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Charlie and Frances love to play games, even if they can't always agree on what to play. Imagine their delight when an ENORMOUS package is delivered to their door one day! Whatever could be inside? Find out in this charming story about learning to play together and letting your imagination run wild!
When Francesca Chessa was four years old, she liked to pretend she was Michelangelo by painting her own version of the Sistine Chapel inside her wardrobe. When she grew up, she studied architecture and illustration; she has since published several children's books. She lives in Torino, Italy.
From Kirkus ReviewsDeeply textured and richly colored, they capture the flavors and resiliency of childhood daydreams and imbue the world of Charlie and Frances with an endearing simplicity. --Kirkus Reviews
From BooklistYoung children will enjoy the quarrels ("It's mine!" "No, it'smine!") as much as the sweet resolution. --Booklist
From School Library JournalThe brightly colored illustrations, done in a flat and childlike style, capture the story's innocence and exuberance as the siblings imagine the lion and the exciting things they could do with it. The action stretches onto both endpapers and the artwork abounds with whimsical details, such as a playful cat that appears on most spreads. With its universal theme of sibling relations and the imagination-stirring potential of an unopened box, this fun book holds broad child appeal. --School Library Journal