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Crews, Nina.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, 1998.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
When the rain keeps Mariah and Joy confined to the indoors, they create a magic map and go on a fantastic imaginary voyage.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 48554.

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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Mariah and Joy are bored. It seems that there is nothing to do, soe the girls decide to create their own fun. See what ideas they come up with to eas their boredom.'

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. When you can't go to the park to play, the next best thing is to transform your house into an adventurous terrain, as two young African American girls do on a rainy day. As in her previous books, Crews illustrates her story with photographs, but this time she uses a computer to create photo-composites that are a fascinating blend of the real and the imagined. The two girls turn a checkerboard into a magic map and go on a journey. They fly in a toy plane and land on an island, where a giant tells them, "You're welcome to stay--forever, in fact--because if you want to leave, you'll have to bring me something special." Sharp-eyed readers will notice that the giant looks just like the mask they saw on the mantelpiece in the girls' living room, and as they look more closely, they will find that the girls are actually standing on the mantel, talking to the mask. The adventure continues with an encounter with a gigantic monster, looking suspiciously like a gray cat (identified on the last spread as Cosmo Crews). In a hilarious series of photographs, the tiny girls try to move the snoozing beast off some treasures. Crews' young subjects look remarkably natural and in character throughout the story, and the whole book feels very true to the spirit of children's play, with the girls working various objects from their surroundings into their fun. The illustrations also work well from the technical standpoint: Crews has added shadows, blended edges, and posed her young subjects with an eye toward the perspective needed in the finished picture. This is joyful book, to be sure, one that will make children want to jump up and begin active, imaginative play. --Susan Dove Lempke

Publisher's Weekly Review

A rainy day inspires a mind-bending adventure in Crews's (I'll Catch the Moon) latest photo-collage fantasy. Stuck inside due to inclement weather, Mariah and Joy embark on an imaginative journey. First destination on the map (which they've constructed on top of a checkerboard, with coins, buttons, seashells and checkers) is an imaginary tiny island. Without fanfare, the girls shrink to a size that allows them to fit right into their surroundings. A decorative mask in the room becomes a "giant," a houseplant is a jungle to be explored and the chubby gray cat is now a fierce monster guarding "treasures" (cat toys). A look through a kaleidoscope turns everything on end, and soon the girls are back to reality. The smoothly pitched text builds in excitement as the images and action begin to fully take shape in readers' minds. In her most complex project yet, Crews creates photographic compositions with inventive shifts in proportion and perspective and with playful technological tweaks that will have readers pondering, "how did she do that?" Her young African American subjects are wide-eyed and expressive and are clearly enjoying their outing. Ages 5-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-In this handsomely realized book, double-page, digitally created, full-color photo collages show two African-American girls creating a magical journey for themselves as they wait for the rain to stop outside. Their adventure map is a checkerboard dotted with foreign coins, shells, jacks, and buttons that trace a trip around an imaginary world. Shrinking to a tiny size, they fly their model wooden airplane to the fireplace mantle/island, then descend into a flower pot and down onto the floor to cope with a fierce monster (their gray cat). After peering through a kaleidoscope, they spin back to normal size and real life and find the sun shining and their mother waiting to take them to the park. The fun is in the imaginative and skillfully executed, computerized illustrations, which are tied together by a thin plot line.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.