Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Flyaway Katie by Polly Dunbar

This gem of a picture book needs more attention. It deals with color without being obnoxious, it includes the blurring of art and reality, and endpapers that enhance the story- three of my favorite things.

Katie is bored and "feeling gray." To cheer herself up she dons a "large green hat" which is followed by several items of brightly colored clothing. When even the bright clothes don't chase away all the gray Karie resorts to painting herself. This in turn leads to a fizzing feeling which catapults Katie into a painting.

The text is simple, but not dull. The illustrations are also uncomplicated, featuring Katie against an empty wall, except for a painting of multihued birds. As you might expect the number of colors on each page increases as Katie adds another item of clothing or paints another body part, until she starts fizzing and enters the painting in a riot of color. The front endpaper is monochromatic, while the last is a colorful mess.

I'll be partnering this book with I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont, Olivia by Ian Falconer, and The Three Pigs by David Wiesner. And maybe we'll do some fingerpainting.

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