Thursday, August 28, 2014

Arlo Rolled

by Susan Pearson, illustrated by Jeff Ebbeler
“At the end of the garden,
next to the berries,
lived Mary and Gary and Terry and Sherry…and Arlo “

Arlo, with his bespectacled eyes, sees that there is more to a pea’s life than being someone’s lunch. Rolling through the garden he is able to avoid being consumed in the wild world around him. He continues looking for his purpose in life. At last after a long rest he grows up and discovers what he was meant to be.Arlo Rolled has a timeless, inspiring message that children can take to heart: keep your eyes open, look to the future, and be the best that you can be.

The text placement, choice of font, and the green dashed line all cleverly illustrate the movement of Arlo rolling through the garden.The illustrations are full of whimsical details such as a weather vane depicting a delivery man being chased by a dog and a large frog eyeing a delicious dragonfly. Friendly faces on flora and fauna alike leave the reader wondering where the danger lies. Various perspectives show us the world as a pea would see it while hanging from a vine, jumping from a peapod, and rolling high and low through a garden full of activity.

If you like the detailed, colorful illustrations and quickly moving story line in Arlo Rolled then try This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. It’s another fantastic story about breaking out of expectations and becoming who you want to be. You’ll find yourself laughing out loud.

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