Higher! Higher!

by Leslie Patricelli (Author) Leslie Patricelli (Illustrator)

Higher! Higher!

The sky's no limit in a witty picture book about a child on a swing and the wonders of the imagination.

One child. One swing. An obliging dad. The inevitable plea to go Higher! Higher! Add Leslie Patricelli's wildly expressive illustrations, and an everyday pastime reaches new heights of humor and whimsy. How high can it go? Higher than a giraffe? Taller than a mountain? Is Earth the final frontier? The creator of a popular series of board books rises to the occasion with an ingenious picture book of very few words that expresses the giddy glee of being pushed in a swing.

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Starred Review
Hand-lettering and cheerful cartoon-like acrylics reinforce the childlike feel of the book, while the sensibilities are preschooler-perfect, from the mix of security and adventure to that ubiquitous high five.


Patricelli once again proves she is a master of demonstrating for very young children the wonders of a good imagination.

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The repetitive text is ideal for new readers, and the cartoon paintings, though spare, provide plenty of room for imagination. An excellent choice to share at storytime.
—School Library Journal (starred review) 

Leslie Patricelli
Leslie Patricelli is the creator of a series of best-selling board books starring her beloved baby character. She is also the author-illustrator of Higher! Higher! and Faster! Faster! as well as two stories about the Patterson Puppies and, more recently, Be Quiet, Mike! She lives in Ketchum, Idaho.
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Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication date
April 20, 2010
Leslie Patricelli Board Books
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV009080 - Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Words
Library of Congress categories
Imagination in children

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