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PreSchool-Grade 2. Five tigers with staring eyes fill the book jacket, front and back, suggesting a larger-than-life story. It's a nighttime fantasy featuring a boy who climbs aboard a boat hanging in the air above a pier and sails off to faraway lands. After a wordless sequence of several pages, the text begins in blank verse and moves into rhymed couplets to recount in spare lines the child's encounter with the cinder-eyed cats and a host of fish and sea creatures that "rise up from the deep" and join a frenzied night of dancing in the air above the sand. Double-page paintings of the tropical island terrain deepen as the sunny afternoon sky and sea move through twilight and into the dark of night. The scheme of sailing off into the night and a dreamlike encounter with wild animals are certainly nothing new, but the energy and surrealism provide a well-paced adventure with intriguing moments. The boy builds a large sand fish on the beach; as he dozes against its side, its eye begins to open. The celebration of night is a cheerful melee containing visual images?a circle of dancing tigers and the tigers mounted on one another's backs?familiar from well-known stories. As the morning sun calls the fish back to the sea, it's all a bit of a well-woven pastiche, sometimes Disneyish in the drawing but often bold and rich. A bedtime piece with flair.?Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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"A beautiful book that readers will turn to again and again." — Booklist, Starred
"Rohmann’s bright-eyed cats are as mesmerizing as a vivid dream." — Publishers Weekly
"Rohmann’s magnificent oil paintings masterfully mix reality and fantasy." — Los Angeles Times
...thoroughly enjoy the pictures and the story. The art work is fabulous. Great for any age.Published on April 11 2002
Far and away, this is the most beautiful illustrated book I have ever owned. I look forward to saving it always to read to my children. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2001 by copro
I have given this book to a number of my relatives and friends' children, and every one has loved it, most especially for the incredible illustrations. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 1999 by H. Connelly
What a fabulous combination of lofty imagination and exquisite illustrations! A must see for kids and adults alike.Published on April 16 1999