A Few Blocks

by Cybele Young

Groundwood Books Ltd | August 27, 2011 | Hardcover

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A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2011 and a finalist for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award

"It was time for Ferdie and Viola to go to school. But Ferdie had eleven cars to wash, the highest tower ever to build and a snake drawing that wasn't done . . ."

Ferdie doesn't want to go to school, but go to school he must, and fortunately his imaginative older sister Viola paves the way. She tells him to put on his superfast cape and his rocket blaster boots and then off they go! Time and again Viola uses her rich imagination to keep Ferdie on his way. But even big sisters get tired sometimes, and so Ferdie, following her example, draws on his own inner resources andimagination to keep them going.

Told through the eyes of a child, this ordinary event is transformed into a wonderful adventure. The children's fantasy world is beautifully illustrated with Cybele Young's intricate 3-D paper sculptures, created from paintings she made of contemporary street scenes.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 48 pages, 7.4 × 10.4 × 0.39 in

Published: August 27, 2011

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 088899995X

ISBN - 13: 9780888999955

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A Few Blocks

A Few Blocks

by Cybele Young

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 48 pages, 7.4 × 10.4 × 0.39 in

Published: August 27, 2011

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 088899995X

ISBN - 13: 9780888999955

From the Publisher

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2011 and a finalist for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award

"It was time for Ferdie and Viola to go to school. But Ferdie had eleven cars to wash, the highest tower ever to build and a snake drawing that wasn't done . . ."

Ferdie doesn't want to go to school, but go to school he must, and fortunately his imaginative older sister Viola paves the way. She tells him to put on his superfast cape and his rocket blaster boots and then off they go! Time and again Viola uses her rich imagination to keep Ferdie on his way. But even big sisters get tired sometimes, and so Ferdie, following her example, draws on his own inner resources andimagination to keep them going.

Told through the eyes of a child, this ordinary event is transformed into a wonderful adventure. The children's fantasy world is beautifully illustrated with Cybele Young's intricate 3-D paper sculptures, created from paintings she made of contemporary street scenes.

About the Author

Cybele Young is an award-winning artist who exhibits her exquisite paper sculpture (Japanese paper printed with etched copperplates) internationally. She has illustrated several books for children, including Pa's Harvest by Jan Andrews, which was nominate

Editorial Reviews

"Many picture books are built on the foundation of children's boundless imagination, and in her first solo effort, illustrator [Young] handles the theme with exceptional grace." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"Young's latest attempts to be many things-a foray into a child's imagination, a touching tale of siblings and a stage for the author's elaborate paper sculptures-and it succeeds masterfully in doing all three...David Wiesner fans should give this a try...Amazing." - Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"Beautifully illustrated with distinctive etched-paper collages, this is the rare story in which siblings offer mutual support rather than ripping each other to psychological bits...celebrates creative play and sibling cooperation in a way that feels very real." - Pamela Paul, The New York Times

"In A Few Blocks she (Young) refreshingly shows the special bond that exists between siblings." - Catherine Nichols, The Cath in the Hat

"...ingeniously constructed in collage and watercolours..." - Susan Perren, The Globe and Mail

"In A Few Blocks, Young transforms an ordinary event into an epic adventure. Recommended." - Inderjit Deogun, CM Magazine

"...extraordinary..." - Susan Weitz, School Library Journal

"...intricate, glowing, imagination-stretching..." - Jen Robinson's Book Page

"Young's story is inventive and very readable . . .The joy of imagination is clear throughout the book . . .The illustrations are exceptional." - Waking Brain Cells