UNDER THE BIG SKY

Trevor Romain, Author, Trevor Romain, Illustrator UNDER THE BIG SKYTrevor Romai $14.95 (48p) ISBN 978-0-06-029494-6

An old man promises his entire fortune to his grandson on one condition: "You must find the secret of life and bring it back to me." The boy's search turns into a global quest that takes him "eleven years, twelve days, twenty-two minutes and thirty-six seconds" and along the way he encounters a host of aphorism-spouting people and things. A fence, for example, tells him, "The secret of life is not one thing.... Take me, for example. Each post means nothing until it is joined to make a long, winding fence. A fence that goes all over the place but stays together." But nothing seems to illuminate the proverbial light bulb over his head and, now a young man, he returns to his grandfather convinced that he has failed. Au contraire, says the old man: "Your journey itself was the secret of life." He has another revelation in store as well: the promised riches are not money or material goods, but rather everything "under the big sky" (the young man's reaction to this switcheroo goes unrecorded). Romain's (The Boy Who Swallowed a Rainbow) squiggly but assured watercolor-and-ink cartoons, one or two vignettes per floating white spread, make for a handsome visual presentation. This is not a book for children, however. It may have use as a graduation gift, but delivers a heavy-handed message. All ages. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 04/02/2001
Release date: 04/01/2001
Genre: Children's
Library Binding - 1 pages - 978-0-06-029495-3
Hardcover - 978-1-880092-13-2
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