Red Again
by Lehman, Barbara

Discovering an abandoned book on the side of the road that opens a window to another world as real as his own, a young boy makes astonishing discoveries as both worlds collide. By the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of The Red Book. 30,000 first printing.

Barbara Lehman attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, lived in New York City for many years and now lives in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York. The Red Book was awarded a Caldecott Honor in 2005. Barbara&;s work has been included in shows at the Society of Illustrators, the Chicago Art Institute, and the New York Public Library. 

*Starred Review* Any list of best picture books would not be committing heresy to include Lehman's The Red Book (2004), a wordless tour de force that lyrically illustrates the empathy-inducing and transportive powers of books. This also wordless sequel begins with the final pages of that book, as an African American boy on a bicycle finds the fallen red book in a gray winter city. Climbing to his favorite hiding spot, he opens it and connects with another child who's found a companion red book while rowing near a tropical island. Anticipation and joy build as Lehman brings the kids together in her warm, embracing illustrations, whose deceptive simplicity plays inventively with page and picture borders and whose complicated hues bring out the muffled teeming of a snowy city or the gentle waves and inviting blue sky around a balmy island. Readers unfamiliar with The Red Book will get the full trippy impact, as this story plays out the same ingenious and emotionally resonant beats. For those who already love the first book, however, there's something extraspecial. Just when you think Lehman is content to simply play out the same deeply humane story once again, she folds this tale into a closed loop with the first in a twist ending that will blow many young minds (and some not-so-young ones, as well). Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Through a magical book, two faraway children meet. This wordless picture book picks up directly where The Red Book (2004) left off: the third illustration in this is almost identical to the last one in the previous, with a tiny smile added. This time, a black child wearing a blue hoodie and glasses is the finder of the titular red book. The child bikes home through city snow and climbs the stairs of a quirky, cupola-topped house. Opened, the red book's pages feature increasing close-ups that reveal a beige-skinned child in a fishing boat afloat off a faraway island. That child pulls in a similar red book from the sea and opens it to see the bespectacled city kid back at home. They're looking at each other! Wordlessly, they form a mutual fondness. The kid in the boat finds an ingenious way to cross the world to their new friend—not through the book (it's not that kind of magic) but, delightfully, towed by a pelican. There's sadness and doubt during a brief period when th e kids can't see each other, and then there's joy. Lehman's illustrations are structured like comic panels, varying in size and shape and surrounded by white space; in watercolor, gouache, and ink she shows figures and landscapes with gentle textures and neat black outlines. A peaceful, wordless adventure that, as the final frames hint, will continue after it's closed. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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