In the first new Stella book in four years - in a series that
has sold two million copies in ten languages - Stella introduces
little brother Sam to the pleasures of reading. Sam is as busy and
worried as ever, and Stella almost always has her nose in a book
these days, but she finds time to help him out, while sharing her
new pastime with contagious enthusiasm.
Sam has gathered a wagonload of branches to build a doghouse for
Fred, and he wonders if the book Stella is reading tells you how to
make one. It doesn't (although it is very funny), but
Stella is more than willing to give Sam a hand. As soon as the
doghouse is built though, Sam worries that a wolf might come along
and blow it down. Stella breezily banishes his fears, suggesting a
picnic at Lily Pond. Stella cools her feet in the water, reading a
story, while Sam tries to catch a frog. Are there frogs in
Stella's book, he wonders. No, Stella tells him, but there
is a toad wearing a velvet jacket.
With her characteristically light touch, Marie-Louise Gay
imparts the pleasures and importance of reading to her young
audience, whether it be humor, fiction, nonfiction or poetry. Her
detailed, beautifully rendered and often-amusing watercolor
illustrations (spot the tiny bunny reading a book!) show yet again
that Marie-Louise Gay is one of the very best artists creating
picture books today.