by Christian Robinson and Christian Robinson
In his eagerly anticipated debut as author-illustrator, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree Christian Robinson brings young readers on a playful, imaginative journey into another world.
What if you...
encountered another perspective?
Discovered another world?
Met another you?
What might you do?
Caldecott-winning illustrator Christian Robinson makes his authorial debut in this wordless tale made for twisting and turning in young readers’ hands. As a girl sleeps in her bedroom, a mysterious portal to another plane of existence appears in the darkness.
In his illustrations, Robinson plays with perspective in thrilling ways: The girl, a big smile on her face, hangs upside down out of the portal as she goes through it, using her bed sheets to lower herself down. Copious amounts of white space take the stage as she walks up and down gravity-defying stairs, ventures down a red hill filled with multicolored dots and crosses a rainbow-colored conveyor belt. Eventually, she sees that other children are there making mischief and playing with their other-dimensional twins. The girl takes this whole trip joyfully and, once home, goes back to sleep with a smile.
Robinson uses simple shapes—the oval of the portal, the triangle of the girl’s dress, the small squares of the stairs—to tell this multilayered, mind-blowing and truly out-of-this-world adventure. Was the girl dreaming? A small twist on the final page will leave readers wondering.
Christian Robinson was born in Hollywood, California. He grew up in a small one-bedroom apartment with his brother, two cousins, aunt, and grandmother. Drawing became a way to make space for himself and to create the kind of world he wanted to see. He studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts and would later work with the Sesame Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios before becoming an illustrator of books for children. His books include Gaston and Antoinette, written by Kelly DiPucchio, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and the Newbery Medal. He presently lives in northern California with his rescue greyhound Baldwin and several houseplants. He looks forward to one day seeing the aurora borealis. Visit him online at TheArtofFun.com.
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: March 2019
Page Count: 56
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.3 x 0.6 inches
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