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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 32
Themes: siblings, fairground, imagination
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Pub Date: 01/02/2013
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Poet Sheree Fitch and artist Yayo take readers young and old on a spectacular ride through the imagination. We fly past illustrations displaying a kaleidoscope of colors. Magical, fun fair creatures appear and disappear in a jungle of cotton-candy trees.

School Library Journal - May 4, 2013
"Magical words and pictures capture the essence and mystery of a carnival and a first trip on a Ferris wheel...Beguiling candy colors, lines, and shapes play marvelously in the well-designed pages...Unique and joyous, this is a treat for all imaginative, dreamy spirits who love a good ride."
Publishers Weekly - January 4, 2013
[Starred Review] "Fitch and Yayo capture the inherent magic of a carnival—and, in particular, the thrill of conquering a ride for the first time—in this giddily imaginative ode to the Ferris wheel...Writing in freewheeling verse, Fitch sets an incantory, anything-is-possible mood from the beginning...while Yayo's illustrations push every moment out of the ordinary...Children may clamor for a trip to the carnival after reading, but the book is a satisfying ride in itself."
Kirkus Reviews - January 1, 2013
[Starred review] "A giddy, intense, hugely fun ride that will propel listening audiences large or small into spinning tizzies of their own."
The Guardian (UK) - November 22, 2012
"A fantasy poem, which encourages children to become brave and experience new things. We absolutely loved the illustrations, enough to enjoy just turning the pages to look at each one. A soft celebration of words and pictures."
Resource Links - October 1, 2012
"A brilliant story book about the anticipation of attending the summer fair and going on the Ferris wheel...Sheree's poetry of sound, movement and excitement is superb...From beginning to end the book is a feast of delightful color...The illustrations at first glance are simple but each page is worthy of extra contemplation. This book is highly recommended for school and public libraries. It is a fun, happy book, excellent for story time and for individual reads."
CM Magazine - June 22, 2012
"Fitch takes readers on a wonderful ride here, and Yayo's dizzifying pictures are the perfect match. A totally satisfying outing for the book characters and the book's readers alike. Night Sky Wheel Ride is a book for school and public library picture book collections. Highly recommended."
Quill & Quire - June 1, 2012
"This is a glorious book that celebrates both literal and imaginative flight. Fitch's evocative lines are magnified by Yayo's exuberant illustrations. Marvellous transformations abound: clouds of cotton candy becom trees, flowers become children, people below become jelly beans, Ferris wheel cars become boats and beds, then falling apples."

Awards

Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award nominee  | 2013 | Short-listed
White Ravens List selection  | 2013 | Commended
Children's Core Collection Star title  | 2013 | Commended
Kirkus' Best Imported Picture Books of 2013 list   | 2013 | Commended

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