Clementine by Sebastian Loth
Released May 1, 2011.
Clementine is a snail who loves anything and everything round. She loves tires and balls, but most of all she loves the roundness of the moon. So she decides that she is going to head to the moon. Her best friend Paul, a worm, helps her come up with a plan on how she will get to the moon. They try a trampoline first, with poor results. The slingshot doesn’t do any better. Then they decide to try a rocket! And Clementine discovers that she has been connected all along to something amazingly round and magnificent.
The writing in this small picture book has a depth that is surprising and delightful. Written in longer paragraphs than many picture books, the text remains completely readable and enjoyable for preschoolers. It is because of the length of the text that the ideas can be explored fully.
Loth combines his poetic language with stunningly simple illustrations. The illustrations play beautifully with light and dark as well as motion. Opening with Clementine sitting near oranges, they also play with color and shape.
The result is a book that speaks straight to the dreamer in all of us. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from copy received from NorthSouth.