"The creative child who is drawn to writing or telling tales will love this book -- it invites the reader to help the main character complete (and perhaps endlessly revise) her imagined stories. A teacher loans a girl a magic book of stories, but the student finds the book devoid of words. At first forlorn, the girl hears a whisper that encourages her to invent her own narratives. The girl's exhilaration for creation also leads her to spin adventures inspired by what she sees outside of the book."— Todd Wellman
This is a beautiful book about imagination. When the words disappear from a special book, a little girl has to make up a story for each picture. Clever fox, who caught the words in his net, asks her for a surprising favor after he returns the words. The breathtaking detailed mixed media illustrations are a perfect match for the story. As a bonus, readers can look for a fox, rabbit, bees and a crown on each page! This is a unique and very special book for all ages!— Barbara Katz
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—School Library Journal, starred review
* "Surreal, staggering mixed-media paintings make traveling across such beautifully varied and bizarre storyscapes exhilarating."
—Kirkus, starred review
"Tiny vignettes of the girl looking at these very images in her own treastured book create the sense that readers are reading it along with her...Zagarenski's artwork is irresistable"
"The fanciful combination of opulent imagery and mysterious detail will have children imagining stories of their own."
—Horn Book Magazine
"[T]he fabulously layered paintings by two-time Caldecott honor winner Zagarenski are so beautifully constructed and lavishly painted — swirling patterns and honeycombs in the background, winsome creatures in the fore — that readers can’t help but fall for this book."
—The Boston Globe