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Sky High

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In this charming illustrated tale, two competing neighbors begin embellishing their houses, only to find themselves caught up in a race to build the tallest, most decadent skyscraper featuring solid gold doors, diamond-encrusted pillars, grand ballrooms, expensive paintings, live tigers, and indoor swimming pools—with consequences inevitable, and not. Kids will love ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published November 21st 2012 by Chronicle Books
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Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, picture-books
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sky High was originally written in French and published in Switzerland. The English version was published by Chronicle Books in November 2012. It’s a short, funny story about two neighbors, Agenor-Agobar Poirier des Chapelles and Willigis Kittycly Junior, competing to build the tallest, grandest mansion. I wouldn’t have expected an illustrated book with such spare language and simple, though detailed, illustrations to be entertaining, but it was. I enjoyed it.

A page is dedicated to each man’s
Skye Kilaen
What happens when rich next-door neighbors decide to out-do each other with their remodeling? About what you'd expect. Rivals Agenor-Agobar Poirier des Chapelles and Willigis Kittycly Jr. clearly have more money than sense, and the book is a series of side-by-side depictions of their houses as they get bigger and grander, with captions for various elements that demonstrate the excess. (Watch for the highest paid architects.) I don't know how long it took Albertine to do these meticulous, crisp ...more
Erin Buhr
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This nearly wordless book follows two neighbors as they attempt to outdo each other and construct the tallest home. Brilliantly illustrated with immense detail that makes you want to sit and soak in each page for hours, SKY HIGH is an entertaining, unique, and fascinating read. It is a book for dreamers, builders, and ultimately for those who just want a good giggle.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
The illustrations are pretty good and I wished I had had more time to look them over but even so I’m not sure that they would have held my attention. Despite being pretty detailed, they repeated the previous page with only small detailed in order to focus on the building. Instead, the snarky comments of the decorative materials or the interior elements as they are moved into the building are really what makes the book. Unfortunately it ends up being a diatribe on greed that may pass over the ...more
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it
With very little text, this title tells the story of two competitive neighbors who embellish their already attractive abodes in an attempt to outdo each other. They hire highly-priced architects and add parlors, billiard rooms, trees, rooms that can accommmodate 8,000 guests, an antiques gallery, and even a wave pool. Once both buildings tower into the air at 4,025 feet--there's a line on the side of the page indicating this height--one building topples. The other one remains, but even having a ...more
Two wealthy neighbors compete to build and embellish the tallest homes. The illustrations are elaborate and fanciful, but I can't get a clear sense of the audience for this book. The text is tiny and includes European names and decorating terms that will challenge most children.
Maria Paz Moralea
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro que se lee a través de ilustraciones, las imágenes nos entregan signos que hacen del libro un hermoso relato fino del zorro rojo
Jul 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindergarten
I'm not sure what the book is about.
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picturebooks
Cool, intricate, Edward Gorey-like illustrations but I just didn't get the narrative purpose. VERY, VERY different from their work LITTLE BIRD.
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: f-picture-books
This sometimes wordless book shows how having it all may not be all that it seems. The unique ending was a highlight.
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is a imaginative book with no actual reference to architecture and has amazing pictures.
Kristina Jean Lareau
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebook
This book is a visual delight!!
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A simple idea, competing neighbours trying to outdo each other, is given an elegant and witty visual expression in this well designed and charming book.
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