Once Upon a Cloud

Once Upon a Cloud by Claire Keane

by Claire Keane (Dial Books, 2015)

Here’s one to hand to any kid that still can’t get enough of Frozen. And when you do, give them a little wink-nudge that this book’s creator worked on what Elsa and Anna’s world looked like. And she worked on Tangled. And then they will see the lush purple cover anyway, and sometimes that’s all it takes.

Once Upon a Cloud by Claire Keane

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Meet Celeste. She wants the perfect gift for her mom. Big eyes. Big dreams. (Sweet bear expression. And do you see those little shoes she’s kicked off? Even sweeter.)

Celeste is stumped. When she’s about to fall asleep, the Wind carries her away.

She sparkles with the Stars and then meets the Moon and the Sun.

Once Upon a Cloud by Claire Keane Once Upon a Cloud by Claire Keane (click to enlarge)

There’s something musical about the pace of the pictures here. Sweeping and epic and enchanting. The colors wash over Celeste’s celestial quest, slowly spinning one into another.

And then, she’s home again. But her heart is new and her eyes are fresh, and the same things that have always been there shine a bit more than they did before once upon a cloud.

Simple in story. Arresting in art.

Once Upon a Cloud by Claire Keane

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Review copy sent by the publisher. 

4 Comments

  • Jilanne Hoffman
    Posted April 21, 2015 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    The illustrations are lovely, but what happened to Celeste’s wish for the perfect gift for her mom?

  • carterhiggins
    Posted April 21, 2015 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    No spoilers! :)

  • Posted April 21, 2015 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    These illustrations look gorgeous and the whole book has such a magical appeal. Not surprising for an animator! 😀

  • Zach Roush
    Posted April 26, 2015 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Do you know if she just used pastel for this book? Gorgeous pics!