Dan Yaccarino Where the Four Winds Blow

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Where the Four Winds Blow

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9780066236278: Where the Four Winds Blow

Roger was so mad, he hopped out of his bed and threw open the window. "I wish you'd carry Mom and Dad away, too!" he shouted into the wind.

What Roger didn't know was the four dastardly Wind brothers were just waiting to kidnap his parents. Now it's time for him and his sister, Sally, to quit bickering and embark on a rescue mission.

Their unbelievable adventure takes them through a world so fantastically strange that Roger must unlearn everything he's read in books. And if he and Sally don't figure out how to get along, they'll never get Mom and Dad back ... especially if that purple goo keeps following them.

Award-winning artist and author Dan Yaccarino's first illustrated novel for children is a fun-filled, contemporary fable about the strength of family no matter how great the odds.

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About the Author:

Dan Yaccarino is an award-winning artist whose work has been featured in magazines, ad campaigns, and animation worldwide. His large-scale paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in New York City, Tokyo, and Rome. Mr. Yaccarino has written several books of his own and illustrated numerous books by other authors. The artist lives with his wife, Susan, and their son, Michael Dante, in New York City.

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Grade 3-5-An odd, flat fantasy, populated with unlikable characters. Everything was fine in Roger's family-and then his father got a promotion. Now they live in a big house, his teenaged sister only wants to spend money at the mall, Mom is always on the phone with friends, and Dad is always talking business. These people are more than dysfunctional-they are unpleasant. Roger is fascinated with science, except that he is afraid of thunderstorms. When a storm arrives, he yells to the wind to take his parents away. Of course they vanish. Roger and his hateful sister go in search of them, find them being pushed around by the Four Winds, overpower the Winds, and return home to live happily ever after. Roger and Sally have many adventures with weather-related characters (a cloud child, Sir Snow, Lord Fog, etc.) but, again, none of them come to life. The boldly colored illustrations are realistic, yet stylized. If Sally had short hair and didn't wear a skirt, she would look exactly like Roger, and none of the weather characters' faces reflect the emotions described in the text.
Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
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