Monday, April 2, 2012

Wiesner Week: Sector 7

I'm kicking off Wiesner Week with one of my favorite David Wiesner books -- Sector 7 .  It conjures up childhood memories of living in Detroit, enjoying lazy summer days with my sister and my friend Lisa from across the street.  Laying on our backs on a small hill in her front lawn, feet pointing to the sky, the clouds were our playground.  

Sector 7 begins with a boy on a school field trip to the Empire State Building.  Out on the observation deck, with visibility very low, a feisty, rapscallion of a cloud steals the boy's hat and scarf, then takes him on an unforgettable tour.  The cloud carries the boy up to Sector 7, a cloud factory in the sky.  Here the boy gets himself into a bit of trouble.  A group of clouds, bored with their mundane designs, coax the boy into sketching new blueprints for them.  The clouds love his drawings; Quality Control does not.  After being ejected from Sector 7, the boy returns to his class.  But evidence of his adventure is all around him.

As a lover of words, it took me awhile to warm up to wordless stories.  Now they are a new kind of friend.  I love that the reader must immerse himself into the artwork to engage the story.  While I typically prefer loose, sketchy illustrations, David Wiesner is the best-of-the-best at visual storytelling.  Forgive the cliche, but when Wiesner paints pictures, they truly are worth a thousand words.

We read Sector 7 on a blue-sky day and then wandered outside for a cloud-spotting excursion.  It's the kind of day that I file away in my memory banks with a smile.

Click below to read my other Wiesner reviews:
Intro:  {Wiesner Week}
Day One:  {Sector 7}
Day Two: {Tuesday}
Day Three:  {June 29, 1999}

What's your favorite Wiesner book???

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