|Photo provided by Susan Kusel|
The book cover begs a second look. It invites us to open this book to find out what on earth is happening in this delightfully upside down world.
The gusts of wind propel each page turn, starting with the cover, moving through the endpapers and into the body of the book. The stage is set and we know that we are in for a blustery day.
This is truly a book for an early reader. The font is black, clear and easy to read. All the text (except for one sentence) is against plain, white backgrounds.
There are twelve unique words in the book, and each one is short, no longer than one syllable or five letters. No sentence is longer than four words. Words and phrases are repeated. Clear visual clues are present when new words are introduced.
The illustrations and the story carry us along from start to finish, because we have no idea what will happen to this euphoric child floating through the air with his magic pinwheel. Despite the simple text, we are compelled to find out what happens next.
It remains to be seen if the Geisel committee will consider this book distinguished. But if you have very early readers in your life, I hope you take a look at this book and enjoy the ride.