Cover image for Up in heaven
Title:
Up in heaven
Author:
Chichester Clark, Emma.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday Book for Young Readers, 2004.

©2003
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 122082.
ISBN:
9780385746380

9780385908719
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The author of the Blue Kangaroo books offers this tender story that deals with the death of a pet in a heartfelt and reassuring way for younger children. Full color.


Author Notes

Emma Chichester Clark was born in London, England, but grew up in Ireland. In 1975 she went back to England to attend the Chelsea School of Art in London. After completing her undergraduate degree, she enrolled at the Royal College of Art for her master's degree. She was approached by an editor at London publisher Bodley Head to illustrate for her first children's book entitled, Listen to This.

Clark is considered one of England's most distinguished picture book creators. She has written and illustrated many of her own picture books while also creating accompanying artwork for numerous stories, picture books, anthologies, and retellings by other writers, including Roald Dahl. In her own books, which include Up in Heaven, The Story of Horrible Hilda and Henry, and the award-winning I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!, she features child, adult, and animal characters in humorous situations that provide realistic portrayals of human feelings and failings. Clark was also a visiting lecturer at Middlesex Polytechnic and City and Guilds School of Art, 1984-86. She had an exhibition of her illustrations at the Thumb Gallery, England, 1984 and 1987.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS. There's nothing religious in the view of heaven in this picture book about the loss of a beloved pet. Clark has simply created a joyful fantasy with an honest treatment of grief and comfort. Daisy, Arthur's dog, is devoted to him, but she can't keep up with him anymore. After she dies, she wakes up in dog heaven, a place she loves. The bright lively pictures show an idyllic place in the sky with sunshine and flower-filled green meadows, where Daisy runs with lots of old and new dog friends or curls up in a cozy armchair. Arthur doesn't know that Daisy is happy. He misses her and doesn't want another dog. But Daisy is watching over him, and she sends him dreams about her beautiful dog heaven and suggests that he get another puppy. The countryside Arthur sees when he drives with his parents to choose his new pet looks a lot like Daisy's heaven. Because Clark never denies the child's sorrow and loss, the hopeful, loving scenes will help preschoolers move on. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Clark (I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!) strikes just the right note in this soothing book about a boy and his beloved old dog, who one night goes to sleep and wakes up in Heaven. There Daisy-who can once again run fast-finds flower-filled gardens and "lots of new and old friends." Looking down from the sky at her sad young master, distressed Daisy asks her canine pals for advice, and they respond, "Send him dreams." When Daisy shows the sleeping boy how she frolics with her friends in Heaven, he cheers up somewhat, but Daisy "could see he was missing her." The other dogs then instruct her to "Give him a new puppy dream.... Show you don't mind." In the tale's most affecting picture, Arthur smiles in his sleep as his dream reveals Daisy descending upon his bed, carrying a puppy in her mouth. Arthur cheerfully accepts a previously rejected offer to get another dog and drives with his parents "out into the countryside, where the new puppies were." The lad chooses a tiny pooch (identical to the one in his dream) and announces, "I'm going to call her Maisy, after Daisy." Readers wary of replacing a lost pet may be further comforted by the finale: now Daisy can "really enjoy herself" in Heaven-yet still keep an eye on Arthur and Maisy. An uplifting tale for any animal lover. Ages 2-5. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A sweet story about the death of a beloved pet, this is bibliotherapy at its best. Daisy, a dog, and Arthur, a boy, are inseparable until the day the canine lies down in her basket never to rise again. Although she arrives in a lovely doggy nirvana, Daisy can't fully enjoy her newfound paradise because she is able to look down on her former home and see her family grieving. On the advice of fellow dogs in heaven, she sends the child dreams that both reassure him about her benign fate and encourage him to move forward by acquiring a new puppy. Clark's simple text and characteristically child-friendly illustrations make this book useful for sharing with even the youngest children. Recommend it along with Cynthia Rylant's Dog Heaven (Scholastic, 1995) to anyone seeking comfort when dealing with issues of grief and loss.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.