In this captivating picture book, Lily Brown explores the world in a special way - through her paintings! Anything is possible when Lily paints, and she discovers how exciting and varied the world can look to different people. "This is about art and color as much as imagination. Lovely and buoyant." - Kirkus Reviews
"Young Lily Brown loves spending time with her family, and she also loves spending time in the imagined worlds that she paints: the swirling solar system, a sidewalk cafe filled with dancing stars. Even her walk to school becomes an opportunity for pictures. When it's time to stop painting, Lily remembers the things that she loves about her family--her mother's smile, her father's eyes--to help pull her back to the real world. Picture books depicting a child entering an imagined game are certainly nothing new. Examples, from Crockett Johnson's classic Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955) to Peter Sis' Madlenka (2000), leap immediately to mind. But Johnson's warm, poetic text and Lewis' exuberant, childlike watercolors stand out here, delivering a clear sense of the love Lily shares with her African American family and the transporting power of art. Children who find it hard to shift gears from private playtime to interactive family time will take heart from Lily's smooth, openhearted acceptance of worlds on both sides of the looking glass. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2007 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Not all artists lead tortured lives. At least, not this heroine, an African-American girl who "loves her mamma, daddy and baby brother and the world they live in." Johnson (Toning the Sweep) portrays a painter filled with a joie de vivre ("Sometimes she spins around her room thinking about their world. And it's wondrous") that takes flight in her paintings. Lily fills her whimsical, vibrant pictures with bright colors, and smiling faces, such as the one in which "the trees that she walks past on her way to school wear hats and drink tea on cool days with other trees and shrubbery." Lewis's (The Other Side) watercolors are equally rapturous, whether he's working in a sumptuous realistic style (for Lily's everyday life) or in the cheery naOf manner of Lily herself. He also makes the beret-wearing Lily truly charismatic; by turns vivacious and utterly intent on her work, she's the very picture of a budding artist (in fact, when she's not in a spread, the energy of even the cheeriest picture flags slightly). But unfortunately this tribute to the power of imagination ends up feeling rather flat; with no arc or narrative tension, the book feels more like a pat on the head than a clarion call. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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