Boy From the Sun

Boy From the Sun

Book - 2006
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The Boy from the Sun is a magical tale that starts on an ordinary day. As three children sit on the sidewalk on the way from school, a little body with a yellow shining head floats down beside them, taking them on a journey throught he wonders of nature.
Publisher: [Vancouver, B.C.]: Simpley Read Books, 2006
ISBN: 9781894965330
Branch Call Number: J F We PBRp
Characteristics: np : illus

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Tilda
Nov 18, 2010

This story beings with a group of children sitting dejectedly on a curb while, in the background, a factory fills the sky about them with ominous black smoke. When a mysterious shining boy floats down from the sky he guides the children through a series of visually rich, colourful and imaginative landscape. The previously passive children are left enlivened and engaged by their journey.

The confluence of simple, heavy line utilized in some scenes and to illustrate some of the characters and very elaborate full colour illustration is the central aesthetic concept of this book. I understand how this is meant to function visually and I appreciate that simple representation of the children facilitates reader identification. Weller's detailed full colour illustrations are attractive - particularly the more abstract and expressive scenes. However, I just didn't find myself convinced by the combination of these aesthetically disparate styles. It was all a bit jarring and a bit too self-aware.

The text is secondary to the illustrations until the conclusion of the book when the text shifts to a relatively lengthy and sentimental poem. Again, a bit jarring.

For me this was one of those efforts that works conceptually but is a bit less than successful in reality.

This book is probably intended for an audience between seven and ten years of age but would probably be most enjoyed by adults who will never actually try to read this book aloud to a child or coax a child to read it on their own.

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MaLoCle
Apr 08, 2010

A great story for someone who always says, "I'm bored." Intricate drawings of nature portray a true jungle out of concrete. Reminds me of Jerry Spinelli's _Stargirl_ :
"Stars [or Suns] shed not tears, but light."

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MaLoCle
Apr 24, 2010

MaLoCle thinks this title is suitable for 3 years and over

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