Jumping over the moon is fine as long as you don’t trip and end up needing cow-size bandages. And having a blackbird peck off your nose can leave a person very sore indeed. Led along by bright, humorous illustrations and an energetic rhyming text, little readers will have fun guessing who the next Storyland victim might be, following hints like, “Who could be covered in egg?” and “Who went up and tumbled down?”
Who but this author and artist could see a rhinoceros in a train locomotive or a kangaroo in a baby carriage? With perfect accord this creative team from very different parts of the world see the possibility of animals in stripes, spots, dots, and rows. With quirky energy and electric imagination, a gifted poet and a brilliant artist cast a sharp eye on design and transportation in a new pair of Animagicals titles. In each book, twelve poems pose riddles that are answered in twelve full-page, fold-out paintings of animals, each portrayed with humor, empathy, and sensitivity. Whether it’s comparing a dragonfly with helicopter in the On the Go, or describing the titles on a turtle’s shell in Patterns, Animagicals engage the mind and delight the eye of both children and adults.
In Japan, as a provincial governor, his wife, and daughter Yuki, followed by 1,000 attendants, travel the historic Tokaido Road to the Shogun’s palace in Edo. Yuki keeps up with her lessons by writing poems describing the journey.