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Look Up!

By: Jung Jin-ho

Dramatic aerial views tell the story of a wheelchair-bound girl on a balcony who urges passersby below to look up! Black-and-white illustrations with full-color accents.

ISBN: 9780823436521

JLG Release: Mar 2017


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Sidewalks , Pedestrians , Rain , Perspective , Kindness , Wheelchairs

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016, Picture Books
CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017, K–2
2017 Notable Books for a Global Society

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

A girl in a wheelchair gazes down from a balcony at the crowded street below, yelling to the passersby to look up. However, everyone ignores her, despite her insistence. A boy eventually spots her and lies down on the busy street to look up at her. His actions prompt others to stop what they are doing and lie down and stare up at the girl, which ca A girl in a wheelchair gazes down from a balcony at the crowded street below, yelling to the passersby to look up. However, everyone ignores her, despite her insistence. A boy eventually spots her and lies down on the busy street to look up at her. His actions prompt others to stop what they are doing and lie down and stare up at the girl, which causes the child to finally look up at readers”with an ecstatic smile on her face. The top-down view of the artwork is an interesting perspective, and children will enjoy pointing out all the various activities that people are doing on the street. Jin-Ho’s lack of color throughout”until the very end”creates a monotonous look. But his sketchy design mirrors the childish wonder of the piece, and his use of smears to signify movement and watermarks to show rain is a nice artistic touch. VERDICT While simple in word choice and artistic format, this is a magical book nonetheless. A good option for picture book collections.—Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI

Horn Book

A friendly exchange takes place between a girl on a balcony and a boy in a cobblestone courtyard below. The girl above is in a wheelchair, though the reader perceives it only through a glimpse of her feet in the footrests. The story unfolds through a consistent, singular bird’s-eye perspective as the day progresses. On the left side of each d A friendly exchange takes place between a girl on a balcony and a boy in a cobblestone courtyard below. The girl above is in a wheelchair, though the reader perceives it only through a glimpse of her feet in the footrests. The story unfolds through a consistent, singular bird’s-eye perspective as the day progresses. On the left side of each double-page spread people walk dogs, fly kites, and duck under umbrellas; on the right side we see the top of the girl’s head as she looks down on the action. Passersby take no notice of the girl repeatedly calling, “Look up!” until one boy lies down, the better to communicate face-to-face. Soon the ground is covered with people lying down and looking up, and finally the girl looks up, too, her face beaming. A final spread shows the world back in its swing, the balcony empty and two children sitting at street level, an empty wheelchair beside them. Jung’s spare, scratchy black-and-white drawings depict the simple scenes with little embellishment; the introduction of color at the very end, including a green sprout in a pot on the balcony, subtly signals the richness that comes when our daily lives intersect. thom barthelmess

Book Details

ISBN

9780823436521

First Release

March 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

6 1/2" x 11"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 0.6; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 190L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Holiday House

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Sidewalks, Pedestrians, Rain, Perspective, Kindness, Wheelchairs,

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