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. Volume XXIII Number 24. . . .March 3, 2017
Because picture storybooks with an outer space theme are not that easy to find, I was eager to have a look at this book from small publisher Flowerpot Press.
His classmates doubt that his plan will be successful, but he continues to picture the craft he will build (a re-engineered toy truck and some Lego blocks) and the supplies he might need, including ďa zillion cans of airĒ, which look like stacks of cat food cans.
The space flight which has taken place in his mindís eye ends with a triumphal parachute landing and the requisite return to the reality of daily life.
Computer-generated illustrations take readers soaring on this trip and create a great sense of place, whether it is a schoolroom or the vastness of space with stars and a glowing planet in the background. The rhyming text is cheerful if not exceptionally original and definitely drives the story forward. Leap is not timeless childrenís literature, but itís a useful addition to the storytime shelf or a primary library collection.
Ellen Heaney is a retired childrenís librarian living in Coquitlam, BC.
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