Friday, June 28, 2013

HELLO! hello!

Cover art for HELLO! HELLO!

Author & Illustrator:   Matthew Cordell
Publisher:  Hyperion
Publication Year:   2012
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee

Awards:   Kirkus starred review, NYT Best Book

Summary:  Lydia is bored with tcehnology and wants to connect with her family, drawn at first in a weird grey-scale. The font is very reminiscent of a digital clock. She goes outside, where she faced with a whole different world. The font changes to a brushed script and color reappears. The two page "Hello, world!" meadow spread is an explosion of colorful flowers and the sun looks completely luminescent. When her parents call to see where she is, Lydia races to pull them back into the world and into full-color with token of nature for each of them. The way that Cordell gets his story told with very few words is pure genius.

Classroom Ideas: This book has an incredibly important theme and should be shared with all kids.

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