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. Volume XII Number 6 . . . . November 10, 2005
Hughes, a well-known writer of nonfiction and Poulin, a Governor General's award-winner, showcase their talents in a unique and charming story of friendship which is told with gentle, disarming humor. A bored young boy, with his best friends away for the summer, hesitantly makes friends with a strange girl. Ray is suspicious of her behavior and thinks Audrey may be an alien with very few "earth manners." Ray's impressive imagination takes flight as Audrey sheds an interesting light on his surroundings and teaches him about "earth hugs." This unusual girl sees the world in a different, all-embracing way, and she reveals her insights to Ray, allowing him to view "the earth for the first time, new and astonishing." Readers will be enchanted as Ray and Audrey pass warm summer days with pretend dolphin rides, picnics, viewing the constellations, swimming, a movie, and with Audrey's family exploring the "great explosion at the very beginning."
Oil on canvass paintings, spread over double pages are delightful, and they provide a union between text and image. Audrey is pictured with orange coloured hair and braids that stick up in the air "like antennae." Funny, doll-like faces, colourful backgrounds and interesting perspectives result in joyful and spirited illustrations. Many of the pictures feature details and jokes within, such as a movie poster with a creature walking out of the frame, dolphin-like clouds, Ray and Audrey on a spinning basketball. There's energy and humour to these illustrations and readers will be rewarded by taking the time to look closely at them.
Reesa Cohen is an Instructor of Children's Literature and Information Literacy at the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB.
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