CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 12 . . . . November 18, 2011
Up, Up, Down is the story of an adventurous young girl who loves to climb. Her parents are always telling her to be careful and not to climb, especially on the furniture. When Anna climbs the biggest tree around, her parents are even more worried and anxious for her to come down. Unfortunately, both parents fall from the tree while trying to rescue her. Both parents hurt themselves and have to be bandaged by their children with ten enormous Band-Aids. Anna gets the last word in the story as she scolds them:”Be CAREFUL – don’t CLIMB!”
The storyline is simple but entertaining, with plenty of sound effects and repetition. Children can join in several times with the climbing and falling sequence. Each time someone climbs, the words appear to be climbing up the page and then falling, signalling children to read along.
Michael Martchenko’s illustrations give readers lots to look at. The facial expressions help convey what each character is feeling throughout the story. Many animals appear in the illustrations, often doing unusual activities. The pictures of mom and dad falling from the tree are particularly hilarious.
Up, Up, Down is a lighthearted, feel-good story in which children can enjoy the idea of being stronger and better than adults.
Claire Perrin is an elementary teacher-librarian with the Toronto District School Board.
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