A Kiss for Akaraka
RICHARD JACKSON, ILLUSTRATED BY E. B. GOODALE
GREENWILLOW, SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
When Lula begins to get tired of helping her father rake leaves, he suggests that her imaginary friend, Akaraka, might help.
“Readers will feel exhilarated, enclosed in Lula’s private secret. They too make out her form in the autumnal natural world and later as a diaphanous shadow on bedroom wallpaper. Lithe, light-handed pen-and-ink–and-watercolor artwork appears both delicate and assured, making landscapes, expressions, and postures (even the folds of a sweatshirt) appear at once exact and exquisite.” Read full review here.
Kirkus (starred review)
“Jackson has created a lovely hybrid, a cross between a poem and the kind of freewheeling, allusive conversation that often unfolds between a parent and child (“‘Her name, Lula-bee. Where—?’ ‘I dreamed it, Daddy.’ ”) Gentle ink-and-watercolor art by Goodale lets readers observe the loving interplay between parent and child, rendering magical moments, indeed.” Read full review here.
“As the father calls for Akaraka (“Come along now, girl. We need your help here.”), he is always looking away from the imaginary girl’s presence in nature: Lula sees her outline in the Fall leaves flying through the air, in the wispy clouds, in a puddle on the ground. These are illustrations that breathe — they’re never too cluttered, never too hurried.”
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