Age-wise, I consider myself somewhere on a sliding scale between 7 and 12. In reality, I’m prehistoric, which explains why I’m not typically drawn (sorry, not) to the graphic style of illustration in picture books. But this book….this book is MAGIC.
It is a delightful story that recognizes the frustration, jealousy, empathy and love in sibling relationships. The limited text and clear illustration make it possible for an interactive story time – younger children can “read” the wordless adventure.
The ending filled me with sparkling warm fuzzies. We could all use a lift right now.— Abbe
About the Author
Minh Lê is an author and national early childhood policy expert. He wrote Drawn Together (also illustrated by Dan Santat), Let Me Finish! (illustrated by Isabel Roxas), and The Perfect Seat (illustrated by Gus Gordon). He has also written for the New York Times, the Horn Book, and the Huffington Post. Minh currently lives in San Diego, California with his wife and kids. He can be found online at minhlebooks.com.
Praise for Lift:
* "Styled like a graphic novel's, the illustrations focus on Iris' feelings as she imagines a new elevator button, one that she can control, with the magical ability to transport her to other worlds. Frustration, invention, escape, wonder -- all move across the pages with immediacy. Like Sendak's Max, Iris uses anger to lift her away from the real world into jungles and outer space. And she returns to her room changed. Breaking the bounds of a traditional picture book, Iris' creative growth elevates us all."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "The story is beautifully told through Santat's expressive characters and dynamic panels of sequential art..... [It's] an entirely immersive experience that children will reach for, again and again, like their own magic button."—Booklist, starred review
* "An excellent choice for individual consumption or as a read-aloud, this story is sure to get creative juices flowing."—School Library Connection, starred review
* "Santat's comedic versatility and theatrical use of light give the story cinematic momentum, while Lê's insight into Iris's conflicting emotions adds depth and warmth to the tale."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Uplifting."—The Horn Book
"A magic elevator button brings two siblings together in this uplifting picture book reminiscent of a graphic novel."—Shelf Awareness
"Magic happens here, through a few words and vibrant illustrations that capture emotions common to kids finding their place in a family and a community."—Common Sense Media