In this picture book, Carolinda Clatter is born noisy in a place where, according to legend, loud noises will awaken a sleeping giant. This is an energetic story about a spirited child, self-expression, and the power of music. Full color.In this picture book, Carolinda Clatter is born noisy in a place where, according to legend, loud noises will awaken a sleeping giant. This is an energetic story about a spirited child, self-expression, and the power of music. Full color.Read Less
New in new dust jacket. Signed by author. SIGNED and dated by author/illustrator on the full title page. First printing with 1 in number line. New. Mailed in box. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 40 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: Children/juvenile.
This book is at the top of my adults plus children list. It is imaginative, soothing, and thought-provoking, and it inspires plenty of out-loud laughs. It is a story of a Giant and his one-way love affair with the Moon. Mr. Gerstein portrays the passage of eons with fine text and superbly crafted, colorful drawings. As the plot thickens, Carolinda appears with her giant vocal chords. In spite of the fears of the whole town, she manages to be herself while saving the day and helping the sad giant to fulfillment.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-07-25 Caldecott Medalist Gerstein (The Man Who Walked Between the Towers) introduces Hugene, a bearded giant who falls in love with the moon. In a series of swirly, blue-hued illustrations, the smitten fellow dances and sings desperate "tra-las" in an attempt to woo the moon. Spurned, Hugene falls into a deep sleep: "His eyes became two ponds. His tears became two waterfalls. His beard and the hair on his head became forests." Over time, a group of people establish Pupicktown on his belly: "Babies didn't cry and children were afraid to scream and yell because everyone said, `Shhhh! You'll wake the giant.' " Then, in a cacophonous spread, Carolinda Clatter is born. Gerstein marries riotous color, scrawled ink lines and a chorus of handwritten "Wah!"s to dramatize the change that comes over Pupicktown. Carolinda, an adventurous orange-haired heroine in the tradition of Pippi Longstocking, yells and laughs and "she sang all the time." Eventually, she does wake the giant, who thanks her for "the beautiful music." Carolinda, in turn, tells the giant how many people "need you and love you," before singing him happily back to sleep. With its echoes of Scandinavian folk legends, the story celebrates music, love and noise. But it's the joyous illustrations that make this book so deserving of a loud round of applause. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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