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The Pilot and the Little Prince
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*Starred Review* Sís' works are less picture books than little miracles of design, a craft he now devotes to a biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. That de Saint-Exupéry's life was interesting in its own right—growing up fatherless, pioneering ever-more dangerous airmail delivery routes, flying in WWII—is nearly beside the point, because Sís has created such a compelling, multilayered visual treat. The writing itself occupies three levels: one at the bottom of the page tells the exciting but bare-bones story, ideal for younger children looking for a general overview; a second level directly above offers small, colourful details captioned with succinct facts; and the third offers more complex factual information integrated into the images. And what images they are! Multifaceted and evocative, they capture the mile-a-second swirl of a little boy's imagination, the awesome grandeur of flight, and the danger of battle. Sís (The Wall, 2007) never misses an opportunity to hit readers with the power of pure image, as in a two-page spread of a plane flying over a geography of faces, sure to live on in many a child's imagination. Sís' masterful and moving sense of design never fails. Grades 1-4. --Jesse Karp

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Peter Sis is the internationally renowned author and/or illustrator of many books for children. He is the recipient of the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration and has also been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He has lived in and around New York City since 1984.

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"Sis' works are less picture books than little miracles of design, a craft he now devotes to a biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of "The Little Prince". That de Saint-Exupery's life was interesting in its own right--growing up fatherless, pioneering ever-more dangerous airmail delivery routes, flying in WWII--is nearly besides the point, because Sis has created such a compelling, multilayered visual treat." - "Booklist", STARRED REVIEW "Sis's handling of the aviator's last flight and disappearance strikes just the right notes of mystery, majesty, and quiet wonder that connect the life and longings of Saint-Exupery to those of his young, fictional friend. Brilliant bookmaking." - "School Library Journal", STARRED REVIEW "Extraordinary and wonderful." - "Kirkus Reviews", STARRED REVIEW *"Sis' mystically touched style enhances this biography of famous French aviator and author Saint-Exupery." - "BCCB," STARRED REVIEW "Visually stunning, this accumulation of words, pictures, and design takes you to "The Little Prince," or back to it, with fresh understanding and admiration." - "The Horn Book" *"Extraordinary and wonderful." - "Kirkus Reviews," STARRED REVIEW "Gorgeous, densely imagined, yet fragmented in its telling, this narrative will send readers beyond "The Little Prince "to hear more of this mind-boggling story." -"Publishers Weekly" *"Sis's handling of the aviator's last flight and disappearance strikes just the right notes of mystery, majesty, and quiet wonder that connect the life and longings of Saint-Exupery to those of his young, fictional friend. Brilliant bookmaking." - "School Library Journal," STARRED REVIEW" "*Sis' mystically touched style enhances this biography of famous French aviator and author Saint-Exupery." --BCCB, STARRED REVIEW"Visually stunning, this accumulation of words, pictures, and design takes you to The Little Prince, or back to it, with fresh understanding and admiration." --The Horn Book"Sis' works are less picture books than little miracles of design, a craft he now devotes to a biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of The Little Prince. That de Saint-Exupery's life was interesting in its own right--growing up fatherless, pioneering ever-more dangerous airmail delivery routes, flying in WWII--is nearly besides the point, because Sis has created such a compelling, multilayered visual treat." --Booklist, STARRED REVIEW"*Sis's handling of the aviator's last flight and disappearance strikes just the right notes of mystery, majesty, and quiet wonder that connect the life and longings of Saint-Exupery to those of his young, fictional friend. Brilliant bookmaking." --School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW"*Extraordinary and wonderful." --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW"Gorgeous, densely imagined, yet fragmented in its telling, this narrative will send readers beyond The Little Prince to hear more of this mind-boggling story." --Publishers Weekly *Sis' mystically touched style enhances this biography of famous French aviator and author Saint-Exupery. "BCCB, STARRED REVIEW" Visually stunning, this accumulation of words, pictures, and design takes you to "The Little Prince," or back to it, with fresh understanding and admiration. "The Horn Book" Sis works are less picture books than little miracles of design, a craft he now devotes to a biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of The Little Prince. That de Saint-Exupery s life was interesting in its own right growing up fatherless, pioneering ever-more dangerous airmail delivery routes, flying in WWII is nearly besides the point, because Sis has created such a compelling, multilayered visual treat. "Booklist, STARRED REVIEW" *Sis's handling of the aviator's last flight and disappearance strikes just the right notes of mystery, majesty, and quiet wonder that connect the life and longings of Saint-Exupery to those of his young, fictional friend. Brilliant bookmaking. "School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW" *Extraordinary and wonderful. "Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW" Gorgeous, densely imagined, yet fragmented in its telling, this narrative will send readers beyond "The Little Prince "to hear more of this mind-boggling story. "Publishers Weekly""

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