Laurie Cohen The Flea

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The Flea

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"Once there was a little flea who thought that he was too little . . ." And so begins an innocent quest. The flea wants to be bigger. He scales a pea. Then scales an apple. He climbs atop a flower, a plant, a tree, a home . . . a telephone wire, a skyscraper . . . finally, the flea finds himself on a cloud! Down below, a bear notices him. So, is the flea now big? Or just high up? The Flea uses appealingly stylized art, simple text, humorous twists, and one very determined flea to give young readers a light lesson on the importance of perspective and the malleable meaning of words. Quick paced, silly, and loaded with a funny twist ending, The Flea is indeed bigger than its humble exterior belies.

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A writer of children's books and poems, Laurie Cohen has also studied film as a director and writer. The author of several children's books, including other titles with The Flea illustrator Marjorie Béal, she lives in Paris. Author and illustrator Marjorie Béal is passionate about graphic arts and children's literature, a field in which she has illustrated numerous books. She lives in Bordeaux, France.

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The flea, as drawn by Béal, is just a black circle with two white dots for eyes, and as shown by the opening illustration of a ruler, he’s just one millimeter tall. To counter this, he climbs a series of objects of increasing size. First, a pea. Then, an apple. And on it goes, with each object growing larger while the flea, to the reader’s perspective, grows tinier. Once the flea is just a black speck on a gray cloud, he is spotted by a bear. “See how big I am?” asks the flea (in a wee font size). “You’re not big at all,” says the bear. “You’re teeny tiny.” Well, it’s all about perspective. Cohen keeps the text clear and clean, and both qualities are reiterated by the generous white space across each page. Béal’s art looks like colored-paper cutouts—big, bold, geometric, and without any inner detail. It’s a great fit for the story, giving young readers a chance to interpret the rather abstract shapes as actual objects. Fleas are rarely this welcome. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Daniel Kraus

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