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Free Fall by David Wiesner
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Sep 21, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: childrens
Read in September, 2011

I was surprised that I disliked a Caldecott. The cover has a boy on a brown leaf flying over a stream. Inside the book you see the boy asleep with an atlas open on top of him. This is a wordless book. The atlas page becomes checkerboard land which becomes a chess set which becomes a royal village (and then with a forest growing through it). Maybe it was the lack of words, but I found this book too unpredictable and helter skelter for me. e.g., the drinking glass knocked on its side in one of the illustrations. It all kind of makes sense when the little boy wakes up and you see what’s in his room, but the pictures are too unsettling for me with the angles off kilter. I felt uncomfortable reading this book.

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