SIMON AND THE WIND
Volume 18 Number 2
"How can I learn to fly with the wind?" asks Simon in this newest book by Gilles Tibo. Simon and the Wind is a sequel to the prize-winning Simon and the Snowflakes ¹. Tibo's Simon is a child full of imagination and curiosity. The delightful, dreamlike illustrations are done in the difficult air brush technique.Simon, who resembles the delightful Pillsbury Dough Boy of TV fame, dreams up various ways he can fly with the wind. First he tries blowing large bubbles, then he tries a scheme to have birds pull him through the skies. He climbs a hill and tries to ride the clouds with his rocking horse. Finally, he decides perhaps he can't fly but he can make the wind fly objects like kites and is content. One of Canada's hardest working illustrators, the thirty-eight-year-old Tibo has been illustrating books since he was seventeen. His reputation continues to grow with each of his new books. His illustrations for Poe's Annabel Lee ² were praised at the American Library Association convention in San Francisco in 1987. In 1988 his illustrations were accepted into the prestigious Illustrators' Exhibit in Bologna. In 1989 Tibo's Simon and the Snowflakes won the coveted OWL prize in Japan's international children's book illustration competition. This book should appeal to children in group reading sessions exploring such questions as "Why can't we fly with the wind?"
Hazel Birt, Winnipeg, MB.
¹ Reviewed vol. XVII/2 March 1989, p.89.
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