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Look Up!

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  307 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Dramatic aerial views and an expressive, subtle palette tell a story about a wheelchair-bound girl looking down from her balcony at passersby below and urging them to Look up!

Dog walkers, a bike rider, a kite flier, and dozens of commuters walk by without taking any notice. Then a boy stops and looks up. He lies on the sidewalk so the girl can see him better. A woman joins
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 30th 2016 by Holiday House
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David Schaafsma
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Spare Korean black and white picturebook from the perspective of a kid in a wheelchair looking out over a balcony and saying hi to passersby, some of whom lie down on the sidewalk and look up to him so that he doesn't have to only see the top of their heads. Sweet.
Teresa Bateman
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
This Korean import gives a unique look at perspective and friendship. A few words of text accompany black and white illustrations looking down at the top of a child's head and the sidewalk below. Bicycles, people, pets, and umbrellas all pass by, as the little girl wishes for someone to look up and acknowledge her. She clearly wants to be part of the wider world. Careful observers will see that the girl is in a wheelchair, but this is not emphasized. When one person looks up soon another does as ...more
Yoo Kyung Sung
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
OMG!! The author grew up in the same city as mine--Daegu. It is interesting the author's info specifically mentions hew grew up in Daegu.
Before people look up, their heads are just bunch of dots when you look at them from the higher up place. The narrating character from the up whispers "look up!" and finally one person looks up and lies down on the street so that the "looking-down" character can see the face of the person who is lying on the street. Eventually the character from the up, joins
Edward Sullivan
Dramatic, unique look at perspective.
Janis Kay
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 Stars

This is adorable and very poignant.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Kind of interesting short exercise in perspective.
Interesting illustrations featuring mostly cobblestones and passersby accompany a story of compassion and one with which anyone who has been sick, injured or separated from those down below will be able to relate. In the book's pages, a girl in a wheelchair looks down at the street below. Many individuals pass by, one walking a dog, one riding a bike, and even someone flying a kite. As the girl peers down, the scenes change over the different pages with umbrellas being raised at one point to war ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: friendship
Deceptively simple concept and illustrations make for a lovely story with a very touching ending. A really nice book to share with an early elementary kid - let them take the lead on exploring the story.

This is also the only picture book I've read that features a main character child in a wheelchair.
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reading Look Up! on the heels of Brendan Wenzel's They All Saw a Cat, I suddenly want to gather All The Books about point of view. Suggestions? ...more
Megan Smith
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A thought-provoking look at the world from a different perspective, with a heart warming ending. The gentle, loosely drawn illustrations remind me of Quentin Blake's.
Tara Schloetter
Before reading the inside of the book jacket, Look Up! confused me a little, because there are very few words and the book consists of mostly illustrations. However, after I read the inside cover, I understood that the illustrations were depicting a little girl in a wheelchair who is very high up on a balcony and is looking down at the street at the people walking by. The little girl can only see the tops of peoples’ heads, so eventually some of the dog walkers, commuters, bike riders, etc. bega ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
A girl in a wheelchair rolls out onto her balcony and looks down below. She sees many people and begs them to look up at her. Nobody looks up until finally a young boy comes along. The girl tells the boy to "look up." The boy looks up and asks the girl to come down, but she cant because of her wheelchair. The boy lies down on the cement and looks up at the girl. A lady comes along and asks the boy why he is on the ground. He explains that there is a girl on her balcony and tells the lady to look ...more
Kassidy Wandke
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing take on disability awareness! I loved this book and its simplicity. Look Up! is a simple depiction of a girl in a wheelchair trying to get the attention of the people walking below her balcony each day. One day, someone finally looks up at her when she calls down to them. She says that she can’t see so well from that angle, so he lays down so she can see better, and others follow suit, making it easier for her to experience the world below her. At the end of the story she even co ...more
Allyssa Dotson
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Look Up! is the cute short picture book that is almost wordless, the illustrations tell the story of a girl in a wheelchair who is trying to get the attention of people passing down on the street. The sketches are essentially all in black and white until the last page where there are little pops of color to show how the mood has changed. I think this book has exemplary inclusiveness, it's not very often the main character in picture books are in wheelchairs. It gives children with this disabilit ...more
Li Sifan(Liona)
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Contrary to the previous book, the story of this book is very warm and sweet. It tell a story about a wheelchair-bound girl looking down from her balcony at passersby below and urging them to look up. Dog walkers, a bike rider, a kite flier, and dozens of commuters walk by without taking any notice. Then a boy Stops and looks up. He lies on the sidewalk so the girl can see him better. A woman joins him. Soon nine people and one dog are lying down and looking up. The girl looks up at the reader a ...more
Natalia Howard
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Look Up! tells the story of a girl in a wheel chair who just want people to notice her on her balcony. Everyone just walks by until a boy notices and lays on the sidewalk so she can see him. Soon after, many people start to join. The illustrations are like we are looking down at the girl. At the end of the book the girl looks up and smiles. This book is very simplistic, but the message and story line were still very clear. I would one hundred percent read this book to an elementary class. I woul ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Look up! is a unique book about a girl in a wheelchair looking down her balcony trying to get someones attention to look up. This book is unlike any children's book I have ever read. I absolutely love the perspective of the black and white illustrations. It is a beautiful story of acceptance and inclusion. I noticed that once the girl joins the boy, color is added to the illustration. It almost seems as if a little color has been added to her world once she felt accepted and made a new friend. T ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
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Amy Layton
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
This book toys with perspective as well as community relations.  I've never seen a book illustrated from such a specific, height-dizzying angle!  It's so creative and plays with the idea of how focused everyone is with the world in their immediate view, as opposed to what's all around them.  And when they finally look up, they get a surprise that brings them all together!  Overall, this is a very creative story perfect for the young reader.

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Juliana Lee
Girl in a wheelchair looks down from her balcony on the people in the courtyard. The whole time she calls out 'look up' to the people below. One boy looks up and chats with her. Realizing that she can only see tops of head, the boy lies down on his back so she can see him better. Soon more people lie down for the girl until she finally comes down to the courtyard and sits with the boy under a tree.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book cracked me up, and was super sweet! I don't see top-down books very often, so the change in pace was enlightening. I love how more and more people joined in altering their own view. I doubt this sort of thing would happen in real life, but I can imagine it showing up as one of those "can you believe this?" sorts of thing on Facebook.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is practically a wordless book. A young girl is stuck at home, just watching the people pass on the street outside. She sees the people just as small heads moving around without her until a little boy looks up and sees her.

A story told from an unusual perspective about how meaningful a small act of kindness can be.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love the Unique Perspective of all the drawings.
Any child who has lived on the upper floor of an apartment building will recognize the view.
Magical and different.
I work in a more rural area (2 stories is the max!) and this is a welcome and needed perspective!
Hannah Feeney
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Awesome story about kindness and friendship. A wheel chair bound girl desperately wants someone to look up to her balcony. Eventually someone does and readers learn lessons about compassion and different perspectives. Not a big fan of the black and white illustrations but still a great message.
Luda Gogolushko
This was an interesting concept, but it sort of felt flat to me when it could have been a really powerful book with a stronger ending, but still, glad it's out there and plays with different perspectives.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
A cute story (a neighbourhood lies down in the street to wave at a character high on a balcony, who's been watching them but only able to see the tops of their heads), but I didn't super connect with it. I was always more focused on the ants on the balcony than the neighbours.
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diversity
The book was about a girl that lives in a high building as she looks down, she describes what she see. It has pictures and it's colorful with a few black and white illustrations. The flow od the book is like as you read I felt that I was on top of a building coming down.
Preston Stell
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very cute, creative, and simple. It made me and my wife smile.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
All about perspective!
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful way to remind us that we need to keep an eye out for people who are sidelined by society but want to join us.
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