A Few Blocks by Cybele Young

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Ferdie doesn’t want to go to school, but go to school he must, and fortunately his imaginative older sister Viola paves the way. First she urges him to put on his rocket blaster boots, which enable him to leave the house. When he stalls again she convinces him to take command of a ship in search of buried treasure, and at the next meltdown, she tells him that as a knight, his duty is to fight the fierce fire-breathing dragon who has stolen the princess. But then it is Viola’s turn to fall apart, and Ferdie, following her example, draws on his own inner resources and imagination to keep them on their way. The children’s fantasy world is beautifully illustrated by Cybèle Young’s intricate 3-D paper sculptures, which have been painted with contemporary urban images and then photographed for this book.
 

About Cybele Young

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Cybèle Young is an award-winning artist who exhibits her exquisite paper sculpture (Japanese paper printed with etched copperplates) internationally. She has illustrated several books for children, including Pa's Harvest by Jan Andrews, which was nominated for a Governor General's Award for Illustration, and Jack Pine by Christopher Patton. She lives with her family in Toronto.
 
Published August 2, 2011 by Groundwood Books. 48 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Viola has made lunch for her little brother Ferdie: broccoli, carrot sticks, ravioli.

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Using painted paper scenes of the city that are cut into shapes of familiar objects, Young constructs new scenes based on the children’s imaginings: Railings and staircases are cut into wave shapes, street signs are transformed into flying fish and the buildings become a giant squid.

Aug 10 2011 | Read Full Review of A Few Blocks

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Young's A Few Blocks pitted the imaginative powers of a girl named Viola against the stubbornness of her younger brother, Ferdie.

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‘Maybe never.' " Resourceful and creative, Viola uses Ferdie's jacket, a leaf, and a piece of cardboard to turn their short walk into three heroic adventures, as they become superheroes, seek buried treasure, and prepare to battle a dragon.

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