Cleonardo is a bright little Renaissance girl, full of ideas and devoted to her inventor father, Geonardo. She’s bursting to try her own inventions, but Geonardo’s too busy in his cluttered studio to listen: he’s constructing a heavy metal bird that will actually fly. Cleonardo, deciding to enter the town’s Festival of Inventions, makes a tiny, delicate whirligig, but she dreams of creating something BIG. From branches, she weaves a huge moon, propelled by blue butterflies, wraps it up, and paddles to town. How her two natural creations save the day when Geonardo’s bird goes crazy makes for a dramatic climax, bringing father and daughter together as collaborators. Grandpre’s detailed acrylic and rice-paper collages are Renaissance grand, with people and settings large and dark (as in the chunky metal wheels and gears in Geonardo’s workshop). Still, Cleo’s luminous face shines through with a freshness that enhances the pleasure of seeing an imaginative girl as triumphant inventor.
2016, Ages 4 to 8
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.