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Higher! Higher! [Hardcover]

Leslie Patricelli
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March 24 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Picture Book
The sky’s no limit in a witty picture book about a child on a swing and the wonders of the imagination.

One child. One swing. An obliging dad. The inevitable plea to go "Higher! Higher!" Add Leslie Patricelli’s wildly expressive illustrations, and an everyday pastime reaches new heights of humor and whimsy. How high can it go? Higher than a giraffe? Taller than a mountain? Is Earth the final frontier? The creator of a popular series of board books rises to the occasion with an ingenious picture book of very few words that expresses the giddy glee of being pushed in a swing.

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Leslie Patricelli is the creator of seven board books starring the adorable bald Baby, as well as the picture book THE BIRTHDAY BOX. She lives in Ketchum, Idaho.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My toddler LOVES this book Dec 21 2013
By teatime
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
Very simple book, but my toddler has loved it since 18 months. She likes that she can "read" the whole thing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from www.firrkids.com April 22 2009
By www.firrkids.com - Published on Amazon.com
Do you remember the excitement of being a kid on a swing set and screaming as loudly as you could to be sent higher? You were but a passenger on that crazy bus and the sky was the limit. For the little girl in this book, the sky is only the very beginning of her amazing journey upward.

Each push from her dad brings this little pig-tailed cutie to new dizzying heights. First she can see over the bushes, then over the rooftops. A few more pushes and she can see the tops of mountains, a passing airplane and how Earth appears from above. Just when you think she couldn't swing any higher, she meets a surprising new friend (no spoilers here!) before beginning her descent back to Dad.

This book is short on words, but not on emotion. The excitement is clearly evident on the little girl's face as she swings further into the sky. The first seven pages only reiterate the title "Higher! Higher!" and it's up to the reader to inject the enthusiasm. Given the illustrations of her swing progress, that's a pretty easy task.

I love that Leslie can take a everyday, mundane activity and bring to light the type of imaginative thinking that kids are capable of. The swing set might be restricted to her own backyard, but this little girl's imagination knows no bounds.

The author paragraph on the back of the dust jacket cracks me up: Leslie Patricelli lives in the mountain town of Ketchum, Idaho, with her musician husband, three inspiring children, one fat cat, one skinny cat, two fast rabbits, and a legion of well-trained sea monkeys. If that's a peep at Leslie Patricelli's sense of humor, sign me up for all her books. And I'm relieved to hear her sea-monkeys are well trained - that's the mark of a good author.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter's favorite book March 18 2010
By C. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
My daughter (age 4) loves books. Of our embarrassingly large collection of children's books, "Higher! Higher!" has bubbled to the top of the stack next to the bed. Like the other children's books that I'd consider great, "Higher! Higher!" doesn't rely on a complex story arc to tell its story. In fact, in this case, the author hardly relies on words at all to tell her story. It is precisely this lack of words--combined with whimsical (yet also sparse) artwork--that makes the book so compelling (dare I say "addictive"?) to kids. This book is a favorite because my daughter loves to linger on each page, discussing the possibilities that each picture holds. It is definitely not a book that just gets read to a child: there is ample room on each page for creativity to blossom, and we often spend more time reading this book than reading books with more pages. I am certain it will be the first book my daughter reads to herself (and let's be honest here: once she learned to recognize the words "higher" and "hi", she was reading the book to me).
It's a fun book, a silly book, a beautiful book, and I highly recommend it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Imaginative Toddler Book Sept. 21 2010
By Karen M. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
It makes me sad to see the reviews here of parents complaining that the book has repetitive and simple language, because it indicates that those parents don't realize how fun it is to talk to kids about the pictures in books!

My daughter and I enjoy talking about many things in this book, like the giraffe who probably lives in a zoo near the swingset, the little boy who loses his balloon from the rooftop (and the mountain climber catches it), whether dogs really fly in jet planes, how funny it is to send a monkey into space in a rocket, and what the alien's planet and parent might look like. Plus, the simple language means that my 2-year-old has easily memorized the text and "reads" this book all by herself. We love it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another excellent book by Patricelli Aug. 29 2009
By Om S - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book because my daughter loves to swing high in the playground and I encourage her to do so. The story is about a little girl who wants to go higher than a giraffe, a building, and so forth. My daughter enjoys the book tremendously and even talks about it when we are at the playground...if a book has stimulated her mind, that's about all I can ask for.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars [...] Book Review May 21 2010
By Spicy Mamma - Published on Amazon.com
Higher! Higher! is a uniquely colorful and artistic book about a girl who loves to swing higher and higher on her swing set. The little girl tells her Daddy "Higher!" and she keeps going higher and higher in the air.

Along the way, the little girl sees a mountain climber, a rocket ship, and even greets an alien! Didn't we all want to take such a spectacular ride as children?

While looking through the book the first time, I noticed that the book had extremely bright, vivid colors and fun look to it, which is unlike other children's books I've seen. Upon further inspection, I realized that the book is entirely illustrated using acrylic paint on canvas! While (without a doubt) many children's books are artistically illustrated Higher! Higher! has something really special. I would proudly display any of the original illustrations from it in our entrance way. This is true art.

I would recommend this book for any child age 2 to age 7. Any child who likes to swing will enjoy this book. The repetitive wording will help to instill confidence in the newest readers.

Reviewed by Elaine Russo for Book Boo ([...])
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