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Roar Like A Dandelion
2019
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*** Three starred reviews! ***

From Ruth Krauss, the celebrated children's book author of The Carrot Seed and A Hole Is to Dig, comes this never-before-published book of witty one-liners--brought to life by Geisel Honor-winning artist Sergio Ruzzier.

Dance with a leaf.

Jump like a raindrop.

Sit in the sun and shine.

Not since A Hole Is to Dig and Open House for Butterflies have we seen such electric and playful words on a page.

This imaginative story from Ruth Krauss--one of the most beloved children's book authors of all time--and celebrated artist Sergio Ruzzier is a remarkable collaboration that captures the timeless spirit of Krauss's signature wit and humor. Paired with Ruzzier's irresistible drawings, this story will delight readers of all ages and inspire them to roar like dandelions.

A perfect gift for the holidays, Valentine's Day, and graduation!

"An abecedarian catalog of delights." --Kirkus (starred review)

"Each page offers its own adventure; taken together, the spreads create an irresistible, deliciously subversive invitation to turn one's back on the tiresome." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"With a nod to the fanciful, this alphabetic listing of activities invites readers' imaginations to soar." --School Library Journal (starred review)

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School Library Journal Review
K-Gr 2--With a nod to the fanciful, this alphabetic listing of activities invites readers' imaginations to soar with a series of commands encouraging children to envision a world beyond the expected. Paired with Krauss's never-published humorous text, Ruzzier's soft color on pen-ink drawings add whimsy to each page of the possible or improbable. Each vignette suggests positive change with frequent outlandish anthropomorphic images--pigs don't fly, but they read books and listen as others make music, and elephants joyously "jump like a raindrop." Text urges readers to "paint a picture of a cage with an open door and wait" as fanciful winged creatures watch. Ducks even reverse flight to "walk backward all the way home." VERDICT A suggested first purchase for all libraries, this book urges readers to imagine the improbable, "Sit in the sun and shine" and "X out all the bad stuff," for anyone may, as the title suggests,"Roar like a dandelion."--Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Booklist Review
This unconventional alphabet book pairs a previously unpublished manuscript from renowned author Krauss with whimsical pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations. Ruzzier matches Krauss' playful tone and takes it in unexpected directions. Act like a sprinkler in summer shows a mouse cooling off under a whale's spouting; Butt like a billy goat depicts a determined-looking rabbit trying to outmuscle a rhinoceros; Fall like rain features startled elephants dropping from the sky. The imperative text directs readers into creative movement, making this a natural choice for storytime. The animal characters are rendered with hilarious but understated expressions, allowing readers to take their time appreciating the humorous details in each letter's one-or-two-page spread. Some characters float on a white background, while other illustrations are grounded in colorful landscapes, and this visual variety propels the book, keeping it fresh as it moves through the 26 letters. Inventive and original, Ruzzier pays homage to Krauss as well as Sendak, using a style all his own.--Lucinda Whitehurst Copyright 2010 Booklist
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