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Head over to Whiskers Hollow—the whimsically detailed new world from Steve Light—and hop in with Bear and friends for a fun road trip to Elephant’s Old Junk Tree.
When Bear’s old truck needs a new headlight, there’s just one thing to do: organize a road trip to Elephant’s Old Junk Tree to find a new one. And a road trip wouldn’t be complete without friends! Bear brings along Rabbit, who wants assurances that there will be snacks; timid, cautious Mouse; and ever-positive Donkey. After a day of adventure and misadventure, will the four friends find what they need? Welcome to the charming world of Whiskers Hollow, where the inhabitants zip around on tree branches in unique vehicles and treasure can be found in the unlikeliest of places (even a mud puddle!). Steve Light’s signature intricate illustrations and lively original story will delight readers again and again.
About the Author
Steve Light is the author-illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including the picture books Have You Seen My Dragon? and Have You Seen My Monster? and the board books Black Bird Yellow Sun; Mama Tiger, Tiger Cub; and Up Cat Down Cat. Steve Light lives in New York City with his wife.
The charm of Whiskers Hollow lies in its cockamamie proportions and intricate details. . . “Road Trip!” establishes the personalities of earnest Bear, cautious Mouse, hungry Rabbit and adventurous Donkey, all of whom children ages 3-8 will be glad to see again in future Whisker Hollow adventures.
—The Wall Street Journal
In Light’s beautifully wielded pen, ink, and gouache, the vehicles defy gravity as they zoom along the route, which includes a massively gnarled tree trunk and a tunnel of thorns straight out of a Dürer woodcut. A headlight is eventually obtained, but not before the friends goof around on a massive junk pile (another image that nods to the textures of classical printmaking), do some pratfalls into a mud puddle, and receive an impromptu shower courtesy of Elephant’s trunk. Along the way, the amiable animals learn what human motorists already know: the bonding shenanigans of a road trip are really the whole point.
Whiskers Hollow certainly is, with Light’s intricate pencilwork and hatching revealing a magical, miniature world and a visual feast à la Richard Scarry for young readers to pore over. Spindly branches of various size reach through the pages, creating a rollercoaster effect as Bear and co. go zipping along, and the busyness of the linework maintains chaotic but controlled scenes. Fans ready to graduate from Tabor’s Fox picture books (Fox and the Bike Ride, BCCB 10/17) will appreciate the energetic verve of this foursome.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
After a car accident (with a giant acorn) leaves Bear in need of a new headlight, he zips around the oversize forest world of Whiskers Hollow. . .The magic of this book is in its world building...There’s a fun midtwentieth-century flavor to the designs, established through clothing, furnishings, and technology, especially Bear’s red 1940s Chevy pickup, and Light—as always—works absolute wonders in the stunningly detailed line work of his trademark fountain pens, shaded in with soft watercolors. Children poring over his art will fall entirely into Whiskers Hollow and make stories of their own as they await future adventures in this absorbing universe.
Light’s book has a distinct Arthur Geisert vibe, with etchings-like illustrations full of enticing and humorous detail. . .Endpapers provide a map of Whiskers Hollow, helping young viewers place the various locales of the story and follow the trajectory of the friends’ (ultimately successful) journey.
—The Horn Book
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