“A work of art with a resounding message—people have more in common than they think.”
The story opens as a boy and a girl look out their windows, never waving because they have “nothing in common.” Except that it turns out . . . they do: they both enjoy watching an old man with his dog that “could do marvelous things.” One day, though, they learn the dog is lost, so they separately set off to find the dog and reunite it and the old man. Working alone, they both check all the same places and experience the same heart-tugging emotions. When they finally discover the dog (in a hot air balloon, marvelously enough), they work together to bring him back to his friend and realize the dog has performed yet another marvel—he’s helped them discover they share more in common than they realized. While the story, at moments, feels a bit random, it simultaneously touches readers “under the floors of their hearts” with its sophistication and depth. Luyken’s illustrations match the words in both abstraction and elegance, and the tri-color scheme is distinctive, effectively emphasizing both the neighbors’ differences as well as the the beauty that comes from their joint friendship. The artistry in both prose and pictures combine to drive home a message that is timely and timeless—being brought together over a common purpose allows us to discover we have more in common than we may realize.
Kate Hoefler received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan, where she studied as a Colby Fellow. She is the author of Real Cowboys and Great Big Things. She lives in a quiet village in Ohio where she can hear the distant sounds of the highway.
Corinna Luyken is the author-illustrator of THE BOOK OF MISTAKES, which received four starred reviews and has been praised by Entertainment Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and more. She also illustrated ADRIAN SIMCOX DOES NOT HAVE A HORSE, written by Marcy Campbell. And is she the author-illustrator of the forthcoming MY HEART, which will be released January 8, 2019. She lives in Olympia, WA with her husband, daughter, and two cats.
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