Zephyr Takes Flight

Fun news! Today’s post is brought to you by the lovely Emily Litman, of the blog Bing Bang Crash Boom! Emily is just as fun and zesty as that blog name, and when I first saw Ramona Quimby in her sidebar, I knew we would be friends. She finds (and shares!) the best books, and has impeccable taste.

So… to Emily!


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by Steve Light

{published 2012, by Candlewick Press}

Taking Flight. To begin, what a lovely concept.  I can think of quite a few moments this afternoon in which I wanted to read, Emily Takes Flight.  Emily Takes Flight to Paris. Emily Takes Flight to Anywhere But Here.  Steve Light gives us this moment of escape in his beautiful book, Zephyr Takes Flight.  He illustrates with pen and ink and colored pencils.  I love this! It empowers the layperson, who does not have an MFA in oil paints, to take what they have at home and create. We follow Zephyr on a imaginative journey that lands her in a magical land inhabited with flying pigs.

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The story has a lovely comic book feel with two or three large strips every now and then when the action moves too fast for one piece of imagery.  It is a sight for sore eyes, one of those books that you can quietly walk away from and leave your young reader flipping through long after.

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I first discovered Steve Light through his too-good-to-be true silver tea sets, errr… oversized boardbooks. Watercolors and Trains are quite lovely. I love the juxtaposition of the two. And now that I have made my high school English teacher proud, I will leave you with one more glorious thing.  Steve Light set himself apart as a true genius when he designed beautiful, hard carved play sets to accompany select fairy tales. I want these. All of them. My life as a story teller would be complete. How wholesome of him to do this for us. Check them out here!

breaker Thanks for hanging out here, Emily!

You can find Emily at her blog and on Twitter.



  • Posted March 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Aha! You do borrow from the library – I was beginning to wonder where you keep all the books! Love his play sets too!

  • Posted March 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    HA! I do, I do! But these are Emily’s pictures this time. And I don’t have nearly enough shelves. There’s gotta be a home-library-clutter joke in there somewhere…stacks are my stacks? Something like that?!

  • Posted March 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Do I hear a PB ms idea in there, between the stacks?