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Doors in the Air
By author: David Weale   Illustrated by: Pierre Pratt
Selling Points: Imagination, rhyme, doorways
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2012
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Price:  $19.95
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Doors, doors
That's all I know
Look for the doors
Wherever you go

Just close your eyes tight
And reach out your hand
Then slip through a door
To a faraway land

Doors in the Air is the story of a boy who is fascinated by doors. He marvels at how stepping through a doorway can take him from one world to another. He is especially enthralled by the doors of his imagination, which he refers to as "doors in the air." He delights in discovering that when he passes through these doors, he leaves behind all feelings of boredom, fear and unpleasantness.

Doors in the Air is a lilting journey through house doors, dream doors and, best of all, doors in the air.
Tacoma School District #10 - November 20, 2013
"A wonderful book that embraces a child's imagination...The illustrations are vivid and full of life."
Tucson Unified School District - October 1, 2012
"The illustrations are bright and colorful, and add much to the story, although it might be fun to read it to a group of students without the pictures, and have them write and draw their own ideas of what they might see through a door."
Southwest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries (SWON) - June 7, 2012
"An absolutely beautiful book. The illustrations are done in acrylics in bold, vivid colors, that really catch your eye. The story itself is written in rhyme. Children would be able to relate to the story using their imaginations to experience what the boy in the story is feeling. This would be a great book for story times or classroom use." - May 30, 2012
"This enchanting book...rejoice[s] in the imagination of a little boy and his capacity to see a world abounding in wonders."
Quill & Quire - May 1, 2012
"Written in Seussian rhyming couplets...[and] employing alliteration that makes reading it aloud a pleasure...Doors in the Air is a fantastical triumph, celebrating the spaces in which the ordinary and the extraordinary intersect."
School Library Journal - April 17, 2012
"Painted in a cartoon, stylized manner, Pratt's bright acrylic spreads delight with vivid greens, reds, and blues."
Booklist - April 15, 2012
"Featuring a palette of rich reds, blues, and greens, many of Pratt's bright, double-page illustrations change scenarios with a flip of the page...The intrepid boy striding through one doorway after the next, with a friendly looking, long-necked bird in tow, just might inspire readers to start exploring their own worlds of fantasy."
Montreal Review of Books - April 1, 2012
"A reflection on the richness that our imagination can bring to our lives. Illustrations in bright colors by international award-winning Pierre Pratt draw in the reader, and each page is filled with a fascinating variety of funky objects sure to incite lively discussion between reader and listener."
Resource Links - April 1, 2012
"Young readers...will enjoy seeing the fun ways children can use their imagination."
CM Magazine - March 23, 2012
"Pratt has contributed striking acrylic illustrations in vibrant shades. His plants and birds are exotic, his architectural detail unusual...Sure to be a hit at a storytime about expanding boundaries."
Kirkus Reviews - March 15, 2012
"Surreal in its effect, this celebration of the creative mind encourages young readers and listeners to open doors of their own."


CCBC Best Books starred selection, commended  CA  2012

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