by Miyares, Daniel

"Wordless picture book about a boy who loses his paper boat in the rain"-

Daniel Miyares has illustrated books such as Bambino and Mr. Twain and Waking Up is Hard to Do. Pardon Me! was his first adventure as an author/illustrator, followed by Float. He earned a BFA in illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2002 and has since worked for Hallmark Cards Inc. Daniel currently lives near Kansas City with his lovely wife and their two small children.

A young fellow in a bright yellow slicker has a great play day planned despite gray skies. In fact, it's even better after a downpour creates puddles and rivers in the gutters for the newspaper boat he has made. But after his boat slides down a grate and into the blackness of the sewer, he is despondent and trudges home. After he dries off and gets back to playing, his mood is lifted by more folding. All is well when he emerges from the shadowy house into brilliant sunshine, ready to fly his new paper plane. Using exclusively wordless pages in blacks, grays, and dusty whites, with occasional splashes of sunny yellow, Miyares movingly makes the little boy's every emotion crystal clear. Miyares' use of changing perspectives and page spreads that shift from panoramic views to series of smaller panels give the story a cinematic feel. With folding instructions on the endpapers, this will likely become a repeat favorite, particularly for little ones still learning to read on their own. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

This wordless story, bookended by the creation of two iconic paper toys, follows a Latino boy through outdoor playtime.After his father folds a boat from a sheet of newspaper with a photo of sailboats on it, the boy sets off in head-to-toe yellow raingear. He shields his boat from a downpour, then floats it in puddles that reflect the tidy neighborhood's houses and trees. After some joyous puddle-jumping, the boy sets the boat into a sluicing rivulet, pursuing it as it's swept away. When the boat slips down a grate, the dramatic perspective is from the inky dark underground, the boy futilely stretching an arm through the bars. Washed from a drainage pipe into a stream, the erstwhile boat, now a sodden sheet, is fished out by the dejected lad. He walks home to the comfort of dad's hug, dry clothes, and expertly blown-dry hair. There's shared hot cocoa and more newspaper-folding. (This time, a jet's photo appears.) Digitally rendered in grays accented in yellow, the pictures' h yper-realistic style is softened by dry-brush effects and the boy's captured emotions. The penultimate composition looks through the open doorway to the boy on the front porch. Now in shorts and T-shirt, clutching a paper airplane, he's silhouetted against a square of brilliant yellow sky. That yellow dominates the final spread, celebrating housetops, as the boy readies for his first launch. Lovely and life-affirming. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2015 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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