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By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Magical story and art take readers on island adventure.

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This master author-illustrator takes his childhood memories of a classic kids' novel and crafts them into a new adventure story that's mesmerizing and emotionally resonant. Robinson starts off routinely enough with a kid and a costume party. We feel Peter's excitement as he puts on his elaborate costume, and then share his distress when his friends make fun of him. But suddenly Peter's carried by a fever dream to a wild island where he lives out his Robinson Crusoe fantasy, and readers are transported with him.

Peter Sis has been a Caldecott Honoree three times for a reason. His art is sumptuous. In this book, he delivers up exotic wildlife and trees, gives us a stunning aerial view of the island and Peter's activities, and a dreamy view of the island dipping its roots deep into the ocean. Midnight blues tint the fevered Peter as his "head swims," and when we turn the page, an aqua wash transports his boat to the island. This book is sure to inspire kids to embark on their own adventures, literary and otherwise.

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