Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Shadow Chasers

Cover image for Shadow chasers
Shadow Chasers
by Ellie MacKay
R.P. Kids, 2014. unpaged picture book

As evening falls and the sky changes color, children run out to chase the shadows. Bunny shaped shadows hide on trees and bird shaped shadows race across the ground.  As the children run through the forest the sky darkens until at last the children are ready to go back home. MacKay's lithe text reads like a free-verse poem. The paper-cut illustrations are full of the colors of a sunset. Somehow MacKay has made the paper edges soft to imitate feel of twilight. If the illustrator were not from Canada this could be a Caldecott contender.

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