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Audrey Wood has been writing award-winning children's books for more than thirty years, and she is a fourth-generation artist. She often collaborates with her husband, Caldecott Honor illustrator Don Wood (THE NAPPING HOUSE; KING BIDGOOD'S IN THE BATHTUB; IT'S DUFFY TIME!), and she created many bestselling books with their son, Bruce Wood (ALPHABET MYSTERY; TEN LITTLE FISH). Audrey has illustrated numerous popular books herself, including SILLY SALLY, A DOG NEEDS A BONE, and BLUE SKY (2012). She lives with her husband in Hawaii, under the blue sky, rain sky, and changing-all-day sky.

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Proving once again that picture books don't have to be complex or painterly to succeed, Wood (author of "The Napping House") here presents a succession of double-page spreads showing skies, from "blue sky" to "sunset sky" to "moon sky"--and ends the book with a beginning: "new sky." The spreads are held together by a story (told in pictures) featuring a small boy and his toy monkey. The boy--easily recognizable because of his mop of curly red hair--and his family wait out a storm ("rain sky") and then head to the beach, enjoying their day by the shore all the way through "star sky." In each spread, the words are incorporated into the pastel art, so that the letters of "rain sky" drip; the letters of "storm sky" are as jagged as lightning; the letters on the quite glorious spread "star sky" are made up of twinkling points of light; etc. The progression through the day makes for a satisfying journey and a nifty bedtime story. Pre-readers will enjoy the range of palettes and scenes and the game of spot-the-monkey; brand-new readers will find many helpful clues (even the more abstract "wish sky" is easily guessed thanks to the shooting star outside the boy's bedroom window). Wood's fresh, clever picture book may even inspire children to come up with their own ideas for skies: see suggestions on back cover. - Martha V. Parravano, Horn Book - March/April 2012

ALPHABET ADVENTURE:

"This unusual alphabet book boasts not only a clever, original, and engaging story but also lavish, computer-generated pictures by the author's son."--BooklistA DOG NEEDS A BONE: "Filled with child appeal, it's sure to be a winner."--School Library Journal."..from endpapers to endpapers, a most satisfying well-earned bone."--Kirkus ReviewsTEN LITTLE FISH: "The circular story and the bouncing rhymes, which create just the right suspense with each page turn, will encourage preschoolers to gleefully chant along."--Booklist"The holistic story bubbles with life's endless cycle."--Kirkus ReviewsTHE DEEP BLUE SEA: A BOOK OF COLORS: "uncluttered spreads, brilliant colors, and tropical setting, populated with a few winsome creatures, will draw toddlers who are beginning to tackle the basics."--BooklistALPHABET MYSTERY: "Visual and verbal puns add to the fun of learning the alphabet."--BooklistKING BIDGOOD'S IN THE BATHTUB: A Caldecott Honor BookTHE NAPPING HOUSE: A NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book of the Year; a Golden Kite Award winner
ALPHABET ADVENTURE:
"This unusual alphabet book boasts not only a clever, original, and engaging story but also lavish, computer-generated pictures by the author's son."--Booklist
A DOG NEEDS A BONE:
"Filled with child appeal, it's sure to be a winner."--School Library Journal
..".from endpapers to endpapers, a most satisfying well-earned bone."--Kirkus Reviews
TEN LITTLE FISH:
"The circular story and the bouncing rhymes, which create just the right suspense with each page turn, will encourage preschoolers to gleefully chant along."--Booklist
"The holistic story bubbles with life's endless cycle."--Kirkus Reviews
THE DEEP BLUE SEA: A BOOK OF COLORS:
"uncluttered spreads, brilliant colors, and tropical setting, populated with a few winsome creatures, will draw toddlers who are beginning to tackle the basics."--Booklist
ALPHABET MYSTERY:
"Visual and verbal puns add to the fun of learning the alphabet."--Booklist
KING BIDGOOD'S IN THE BATHTUB:
A Caldecott Honor Book
THE NAPPING HOUSE:
A NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book of the Year; a Golden Kite Award winner

Renowned author-illustrator Wood extends a simple, sparely worded invitation to do something that many of us in our busy lives rarely do: look up. A series of two-page spreads feature a curly-haired boy, his family, and the boy s stuffed monkey enjoying an incredible variety of dramatic skyscapes throughout the day and night, from a pristine azure sky to a spate of menacing storm clouds to a spectacular night scene of untold twinkling stars. In between are rainbows, a vibrant-orange sunset, and a smiling full moon. Each sweeping scene features a two-word description ( sun sky; dark sky ), the only text in the book, cleverly worked into the illustrations. Wood s colored-pencil-on-colored-paper technique is skillfully applied, but a few illustrations have less contrast and lack some of the vibrant punch of others. A compelling introduction for children and an equally compelling reminder for the adults in their lives to enjoy the everyday marvels of nature. Kristen McKulski, Booklist, March 1, 2012
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Proving once again that picture books don t have to be complex or painterly to succeed, Wood (author of "The Napping House") here presents a succession of double-page spreads showing skies, from blue sky to sunset sky to moon sky and ends the book with a beginning: new sky. The spreads are held together by a story (told in pictures) featuring a small boy and his toy monkey. The boy easily recognizable because of his mop of curly red hair and his family wait out a storm ( rain sky ) and then head to the beach, enjoying their day by the shore all the way through star sky. In each spread, the words are incorporated into the pastel art, so that the letters of rain sky drip; the letters of storm sky are as jagged as lightning; the letters on the quite glorious spread star sky are made up of twinkling points of light; etc. The progression through the day makes for a satisfying journey and a nifty bedtime story. Pre-readers will enjoy the range of palettes and scenes and the game of spot-the-monkey; brand-new readers will find many helpful clues (even the more abstract wish sky is easily guessed thanks to the shooting star outside the boy s bedroom window). Wood s fresh, clever picture book may even inspire children to come up with their own ideas for skies: see suggestions on back cover. - Martha V. Parravano, Horn Book - March/April 2012
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