Monday, May 18, 2009

Nini Here and There

Nini here and there by Anita Lobel (2007) is a very touching book.

It is about a cat whose owners are moving to a new home. She gets zipped up in a black bag, and then falls asleep in it. There she dreams that she is in a hot air balloon, a boat, and a few other things.

When she wakes up, she gets unzipped and let out of the bag. At her new home, there is a field with butterflies, a white dog, and more nice things.

It's a bit like the last book I reviewed, about dreaming and the power of the mind to take you places.

The very last sentence is the most touching of all. But I'm not going to tell you what it is, so you gotta read the book!

Here's a link to it on Amazon:Nini Here and There

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Willy the Dreamer

Willy the Dreamer, written and illustrated by Anthony Browne is a very elegant book. It is a about a chimpanzee named Willy (but I don't really think he really is a chimpanzee. Browne has another book about Willy and at the very end of that book there is actually a picture of a chimpanzee mask, and a person walking away, so Willy could be anyone of us, disguised).

In this book, Willy dreams he's a movie star, or a singer, or a sumo wrestler, a ballet dancer, a painter and more. The pictures are funny, in part because of the bananas hidden in them, and in part because of jokes like making the hammerhead shark's head look like a real hammer, and the famous writer part is a chimpanzee/banana Alice in Wonderland.

This is one of my all-time favorites. It has this deep something...I can't put it into words.