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Just in Case You Want to Fly

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  708 ratings  ·  128 reviews
just in case you want to fly
here's some wind
and here's the sky

A joyful, inclusive cast of children fly, sing, and wish their way across the pages, with everything they could ever need--a cherry if you need a snack, and if you get itchy here's a scratch on the back--to explore the world around them.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Neal Porter Books (first published 2019)
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Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidstuff
The predominant message here seems to be that if you have love, you have all you need to
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This is a sweet little rhyming book, with wonderful illustrations by Christian Robinson.

Shaye Miller
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great bedtime read-aloud! While not a story, it have fun rhyming text and collage pictures worth talking about with young children. But this also would make a beautiful gift for someone going on a long trip or leaving home for college as it discusses all the important things to take with you and ends with a map with an "x" so they can find their way home, again. The artwork for this book was made with paint and collage.

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Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
What happened to the internal rhyme scheme? It just went whammy some where along the way! Things were so beautiful and moving and then *stumble trip* I fell right out of the story and the book and landed on my head. Ouch!
Abby Johnson
This heartfelt picture book shares affirmations of love along with cute, spunky illustrations. It would make a sweet gift for new parents.
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think I must have been in the wrong mood to enjoy this. I kept being bothered by the complete lack of capital letters and almost no punctuation throughout the text. I know poets are given the artistic license to play around with the conventions, but I didn't like it. It got in the way of my enjoying the message of the words. I guess I'm in the minority, because I don't see anyone else here mentioning it in their reviews.

Also, since I was already bothered by the text, it was easy for me to find
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just lovely. Rhymes are clever and flow easily, and I'm forever a Christian Robinson fan. ...more
A poetic bedtime story from Julie Fogliano takes the reader (child) on a journey offering some real and some fantastic things, chuckling all the way until bedtime! "Here's a cherry if you need a snack/ and if you get itchy here's a scratch on the back" lies on one double-page spread with Christian Robinson's collaged rhinoceros holding a cherry on its horn and a small bird giving that scratch! Toothbrushes, pillows, and blankets appear, too. It will be a fun read-aloud at bedtime. ...more
Amy Layton
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
With adorable, lyrical, and rhyming text, this book allows for a world in which children explore and have everything that they need.  Illustrations include a diverse cast of children, and Robinson's usual engaging style.  Just in Case You Want to Fly suggests that regardless of attempt, journey, or adventure, there will always be something or someone to back the reader up, making for a comfortable and delightful read.  Great for grades K-2!

Review cross-listed here!
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
A sweet story that seeks to reassure little ones that they're safe and loved as they make their way out in the world. I really like the theme of the story and I loved the beautiful cut-paper illustrations, but the rhyming pattern got off track just past the midpoint and became distracting, causing me to go back and reread it a few times just to make sure. It took me out of the story and I think it would be a challenge as a read-aloud book. ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this duo and getting to hear them talk about their collaboration during a stop on their book tour was the best.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A cute supportive story about helping whoever the story is being read to learn to reach their dreams.
A sweet book, perfect for closing out the day at bedtime. Cut-paper illustrations by Christian Robinson -- very diverse characters as always.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet and heartfelt book for bedtime (or any time)!
May 25, 2019 added it
Shelves: picture-books, 2019
JUST IN CASE YOU WANT TO FLY recalls the whimsy of Ruth Krauss and the snuggly quiet of the best bedtime stories. Sure to create sweet dreams for any reader, this beautiful book is a must-add to every little one's library. ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Similar to other books by Julie Fogliano, "just in case you want to fly," is a book about noticing the little things in life, even when you're on a very big mission. This book shares with readers what they will need if they want to fly, including wind and the sky (of course), but also a snack and a rock and a "la la la," as well as a joke and a dream. No matter where you go and what you bring, readers are reminded of the way to get home.

This book is beautiful, both visually and narratively. List
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This poetic picture book invites children to take a journey, up into the sky with the some wind, a feather, and a butterfly’s wing. On the adventure, there is are other things offered just in case. Just in case you get an itch, here’s a scratch on the back. Here is a fork and a spoon, a rock and a wish. There are jokes, bells that ring, and your toothbrush too. Honey for tea, a pillow for bed, a blanket, a dream and kisses on the head.

This book is exhilarating and filled with dreams of journeys
Paint and collage illustrations accompany reassuring text that reveals that there is always someone providing support to a child intent on venturing out into the great unknown. I really liked how the book opens with the phrase "just in case you want to fly..." and then follows that with listing various things that someone will provide to support that ambition. Each page features something that will make readers smile--a toothbrush stuck inside the spots, now holes and holders, on a giraffe--or a ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A perfect book to share with the little ones you love, from bestselling author Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson, Caldecott Honoree and author-illustrator of Another .

just in case you want to fly
here's some wind
and here's the sky

Funny and sweet, told with lyrical text and bright, unexpected illustrations, Just in Case You Want to Fly is a celebration of heading off on new adventures--and of knowing your loved ones will always have your back when you need them.

A joyful, inclusive cast of chil
Cara Byrne
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
"just in case you want to fly/here's some wind/and here's the sky/here's a feather/here's up high/and here's a wing/from a butterfly [...] here's a pillow/and here's a song/for when you go to bed/and just in case you want to cry/here is a tissue/and here's a sigh/here's an umbrella/in case it rains/and some honey for your tea/and here is a map/with an x on the spot/to find your way/home to me."

This brief picture book is so lovely, and I didn't know I needed a Fogliano and Robinson collaboration
Lauren Krebs
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: family, love, picture-book
This book goes through a list of objects that you "need" in order to fly. At the end of the story you see that all the objects that were talked about earlier in the book are on a blanket that a little boy snuggles with to go to sleep. The message of the story is to remember that you are loved and to always "fly" back home. Even though this book was cute I would not use it in my classroom due to the lack of proper punctuation and capitalization. Instead I would use it at home with children about ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Just in case you want to fly (Neal Porter Books, Holiday House, October 8, 2019) written by Julie Fogliano with illustrations by Christian Robinson
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Words from the narrator offer encouragement to readers no matter what they want to do; someone will be there with them every step of the way. And if they need it, a way back home will be provided with tender affection. In a word---enchanting.

My full recommendation:
Sandy Brehl
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The title is a premise from parent to child, the launch of a miraculous and matter-of-fact exploration of that universal wish (not limited to children,) to FLY! The trademark simple, fluid, and word-choice perfect text by Fogliano once again pairs with illustrations by Christian Robinson to produce a whole of both creators that is greater than the sum of the parts.
After first reading it is bound to become a bedtime favorite, but certainly will also be a joyful imaginative spark. In broad dayligh
Teresa Bateman
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this gently sweet, rhyming book, the rhythm of a mother's love is portrayed through all the things she would give her child to help her achieve her goals. Wings, wind, and sky if she wants to fly. A tune if she wishes to sing, and a joke if she wants to laugh. And, in the end, a comforting map to lead her home again. The paint and collage illustrations are blocky and imaginative. This would be a good bedtime book. ...more
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
The narration offers words of encouragement as well as supplies for children who wants to set out on a venture.

Here the word "fly" is a metaphor for doing something or going somewhere independently, and the narrator speaks encouragingly in second person, offering support.

This picture book features lovely collage style illustrations against blank space. There is diverse representation, including a child in a wheelchair and a mother in hajib.
Krissy Neddo
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Was hoping this would be a new book for my fifth grade teachers to read in June as the kids graduate from elementary school. Didn't quite fit that message for me. It felt more like a HS or college graduation gift. Also a bit too vague or deep or I don't know, just not a good fit for my elementary collection. ...more
Heather Kinser
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Magical! When I read this book, I feel like I'm inside the child mind, where anything can happen and wherever you go, you carry loved-ones' wishes and hopes with you like lucky charms. Browsing through it in a bookstore, it only took a few seconds to fall in love. I found myself instantly teleported to the cash register. Utterly charming and original! ...more
Becky B
A rhythmic list of things you might possibly need for daily adventures, like a good night blessing for a child.

Once you get this is a kind of bedtime saying it makes more sense. For a while I was wondering what the things had in common. I like the multicultural cast. I feel like it could have been put together to come across more smoothly, but it was ok.
Sadly, with all of the stay-at-home orders in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, books and stories are now just about the only way to get out to someplace special. Young readers will appreciate the comforting, rhyming text and joyfully rendered illustrations that promise to whisk them away into the sky to fly.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, children
A wonderful bedtime story, but what really sells this is that the artwork and story pair beautifully. I laughed (okay, snorted) over the joke scene. Yes, my sense of humor is juvenile, but kids will laugh over this. Robinson’s ability to take Fogliano’s words and combine two sets of descriptions into one double-spread panel is ingenious, clever, and fun. Beautiful and brilliant. Highly recommend.
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Super cute images, always love Christian Robinson's work. Not quite a story, but rhythmic text, engaging images, and funny jokes that would make for a sweet story time addition or a bed time read. Excellent representation throughout. Pair with other Christian Robinson illustration (Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade?) and ask students to point out similarities or favorite aspects of the work? ...more
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