Zuzu's Wishing Cake (Rise and Shine)

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9780618646401: Zuzu's Wishing Cake (Rise and Shine)

What Zuzu wants, Zuzu makes. In her happy hands a brown paper bag becomes a flower or a hat. Cardboard becomes a tent, a telescope, or a car. Zuzu makes everything into something else. But making a friend of the boy next door turns out to be harder than she thought. Can she get him to smile?

With the pictures by award-winning illustrator D. B. Johnson, Linda Michelin tells this exuberant story of a red-haired girl and her irrepressible imagination.

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D. B. Johnson has been a freelance illustrator for more than twenty years and has done editorial cartoons, comic strips, and conceptual illustrations for magazines and newspapers around the country. Mr. Johnson’s first picture book, Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, was a New York Times bestseller and a Publishers Weekly bestseller, as well as an American Bookseller “Pick of the Lists.” Henry Hikes to Fitchburg also won numerous awards, including the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Picture Books and the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. Mr. Johnson and his wife, Linda, live in New Hampshire. Visit his website at www.henryhikes.com!

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PreSchool-Grade 2–This deceptively simple story with a comic-book feel is a paean to creativity and friendship across cultures. When Zuzu smiles at the new boy next door and he doesn't smile back, she thinks that he may need a telescope; she makes one and delivers it to his home. When he doesn't appear outside, she thinks that perhaps he needs sunglasses, and so she makes him a pair. Finally, her wishing cake (bread and jam piled in layers and a dandelion on top) draws him out of the house and overcomes a language barrier, making him smile back. The mixed-media artwork has an almost computer-generated look, with pictures of real bread and photographic negatives worked into the panels. The minimalist text is included either in narrative boxes or dialogue bubbles. Zuzu's large face, square eyes, and red hair bring to mind the Powerpuff girls and other recent cartoons and, as such, may appeal to children despite the message-driven story. Older preschoolers and beginning readers might appreciate the protagonist's persistence and clever ideas.–Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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