This Is Sadie

illus. by Julie Morstad. 32p. (Sadie Mac). Tundra. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781770495326.
RedReviewStarPreS-Gr 2—Sadie is a young girl with a flourishing imagination that can transform a boring old box into an enormous boat on the high seas. She has loads of friends, some real and some she's met in the pages of a good book. In fact, it is Sadie's relationship with her books that form the basis for this charming tale. Every new scene demonstrates to young readers how books can be the gateway to fantastical worlds. There are clever nods to such children's classics as Alice in Wonderland and The Jungle Book, and Sadie's enthusiasm and joy in making the everyday extraordinary is a worthy message. This award-winning duo beautifully convey the magic that is to be found in reading or listening to a story. The appealing text is accompanied by lush drawings rendered in gouache, ink, and Photoshop that lend it a fanciful feel in the best way possible. With its leisurely pace and verdant illustrations, this book is a delight for bedtime as well as an excellent storytime choice paired with Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon and Peter Bently's King Jack and the Dragon (Dial, 2011).
VERDICT A wonderful purchase for all collections.

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