CM . . . . Volume XX Number 13 . . . . November 29, 2013
So begins the story of a girl and her cat as they journey through a world of adventure in their hot air balloon. Gwen Molnar, author of 10 books for children including chapter books and poetry, takes her readers on a rainbow ride of adventure. This is no ordinary ROYGBIV rainbow ride, however, but a flight through crimson and bice-blue and madder. The words are in the colours they are, so readers know what colour turquoise and gooseberry are. More an ode to words, this poem begs to be read aloud so children can hear the words tripping off the tongue.
Barbara Hartmann's watercolour illustrations are nostalgic and reminiscent of 1960s design. Think "Beatles Yellow Submarine" psychedelic graphic art. The illustrations are clever, playful and fun, and will appeal to children's' vivid imaginations. The text works well with, and within, the illustrations, the colours echoing the words on the pages. Each turn of the page is a new set of hues, covering the entire colour spectrum.
Initially the book appears to be for a younger audience, but I would recommend that it be used for both elementary language arts programs and art classes into middle school.
Jill Griffith is the Youth Services Manager at Red Deer Public Library in Red Deer, AB.
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