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Free Fall by David Wiesner
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Sep 22, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: pre-2000, picture-book, fiction, fantasy
Read in September, 2010

This is David Wiesner's first book, and it was given a Caldecott honor medal. It seems to be the best example of a Wiesner book that reminds us he is a watercolor painter. Many of his other books are created using dark or bold colors, and its often easy to forget he uses watercolor most prominently as a medium.
Free Fall is the story of a boy who plays a magical chess game with pieces that are alive. In this dream world, the boy meets dragons made of castles and hops in and out of books, into and out of various realities. The book is enchanting, and is for children who are very young--pre-readers through second grade. Unlike some of Wiesner's later works, Free Fall is not super cool; the pictures are sophisticated, but super fanciful. I have a hard time believing older readers are super in to this one.

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