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A Few Blocks by Cybele Young

A Few Blocks

by Cybele Young

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The illustrations are wonderfully inventive and marvelously original. I spent a lot of time looking and looking at how Young used the "real life" details to create the components of their imaginary world...it reminds me in that respect of Shadow by Lee. However, I felt the story was a little weak on rationale. WHY doesn't he want to go to school, WHY is it the big sister's (and not the parent's) responsibility to cajole him along, WHY does this resourceful sister suddenly poop out, WHY don't they look happier when they are creating their stories?

PS. Watch for the spider's own journey, which ends on the back cover. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
When I hear the title of this book, I think of building blocks. Don’t you? But it’s actually referring to the few city blocks that Ferdie and his older sister Viola have to walk on their way to school.

The illustrations in A Few Blocks are lush pastels, complex drawings of Ferdie’s imaginary adventures, within the cut-out shapes of every day. Very clever and should appeal to ages 4-8. ( )
  ParadisePorch | Dec 30, 2012 |
Gorgeous watercolor illustrations and a stark white layout combine to create an imaginary landscape that matches the yarn sister spins to get brother to leave for school. School is just a few blocks away. She starts him off by holding up his jacket and boots and calling them his "superfast cape and rocket-blaster boots". And that begins an imaginary adventure shown in planes of color, layered and dream-like.
  scducharme | Dec 6, 2012 |
This book is about a boy not wanting to go to school. His sister begins him by starting this imaginative adventure to get him to leave. The embark a few different adventures along they way. Till finally they walk to school. ( )
  dvnguye5 | Apr 25, 2012 |
I didn’t enjoy the story much, but the illustrations were really cool. A story between a brother and sister using their imagination in order to enjoy school. ( )
  lhamed | Apr 18, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 088899995X, Hardcover)

Ferdie doesn’t want to go to school, but go to school he must, and fortunately his imaginative older sister Viola paves the way. First she urges him to put on his rocket blaster boots, which enable him to leave the house. When he stalls again she convinces him to take command of a ship in search of buried treasure, and at the next meltdown, she tells him that as a knight, his duty is to fight the fierce fire-breathing dragon who has stolen the princess. But then it is Viola’s turn to fall apart, and Ferdie, following her example, draws on his own inner resources and imagination to keep them on their way. The children’s fantasy world is beautifully illustrated by Cybèle Young’s intricate 3-D paper sculptures, which have been painted with contemporary urban images and then photographed for this book.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:39 -0400)

Ferdie doesn't want to go to school, but go to school he must, and fortunately his imaginative older sister Viola paves the way--until it's Ferdie's turn to help his sister.

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