Saturday, July 19, 2008

Friday My Radio Flyer Flew by Zachary Pullen

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Illustrated by Zachary Pullen

Abstract: A father and son find an old Radio Flyer wagon when cleaning out the attic and, through the course of a week, turn it back into a wonderful toy.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2008

7 comments:

Genie said...

I think the full page illstrations are very eye catching in the "Friday My Radio Flyer Flew." The illustrations definitely do a nice job of telling the story. There is a lot of different shades of green used in the illustrations and I think that helps convey the close warm feeling that the father and son have for each other. I do have one problem though with the illustrations, the oversized heads on the people. I suppose they were done this way to bring the readers view to the people because that is what the story is really about but they bother me. I am looking forward to hearing what other people have to say about this element of the book.

Kris said...

I love the illustrations in this book! They're big and beautiful and imaginative, just like the story itself. The characters' head-size was a little distracting, I have to admit, though.

pianolibrarian said...

Genie, I agree with you. I was a little creeped out by the big headed people, and I couldn't get past it. This one's not my favorite.

Megan S. TUFW said...

Loved it!!! What a great heart warming book. I loved the illustrations, they were what really made the story. The "big heads" didn't distract or take away from the story at all for me. In fact they helped me focus on the people better and it made the emotions they were feeling all the more prominent. Wonderful!!!

Jessica said...

I also loved the big heads in this story, Megan! I loved the title page and the way that it really tied into the climax of the story! The radio flew! YEAH! I love the art and the way things really depict the story.

AmberR said...

I really liked the way that the illustrations covered the entire page. They draw you into the story and make you feel as though you are a part of it. I think the unrealistically large heads add to the theme of imagination in the story. The cute story and the bright, inviting illustrations really compement each other and create a warm, open feeling.

Jana said...

Yes, I have to agree, the illustrations really do make the story. I also like the giant heads. My favorite page is where the boy is closing his eyes tight and focusing so hard before he tries to fly. The characters' facial expressions make the story real.
I would probably use this book with lower elementary students because of the simple content of the story. However, students from any grade level could use a lesson about filling their entire pages when illustrating their own stories.